About Us


The WA Mining Club’s Rules of Association require that the WA Mining Club is managed exclusively by a committee of management consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and between four and six Committee Members.

Committee Members are elected at each Annual General Meeting for a two year term. At the end of their term, committee members are eligible for re-election.

All positions are voluntary and Committee Members are expected to actively manage a portfolio within the Committee, regularly attend Committee meetings (held monthly) and assist at WA Mining Club events.



Kirsty Danby
President and Marketing

Kirsty is Founder and Director of Platform Communications, and has more than 18 years’ experience in corporate communications, marketing and public relations in the resources sector. A committee member since 2013, Kirsty manages the Club’s marketing activities. Kirsty is also a Director of  Solaris Cancer Care, Curtin University Faculty of Humanities (Chair), Petroleum Club of WA, and is the Chair of the Australiasian Oil & Gas Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Director – Platform Communications
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Peter Bradford
Vice President and Scholarships

Peter is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience in gold and base metals mining operations, exploration and development.  He is keen to use his broad industry network and knowledge combined with understanding of governance and strategy and an interest in advancing the next generation of students, graduates and professionals.

Managing Director – Independence Group

Damian Quail
Secretary and Scholarships

Damian Quail is a Director of Williams + Hughes Commercial Lawyers. He has practiced as a lawyer for over 20 years in the mining and resources, business, software and technology fields. His specialist area is advising explorers and miners and mining services providers. He is a long serving Director of seven junior gold explorers with projects in the East Pilbara, Nullagine and Karratha regions.
Damian was elected to the WAMC Committee in 2015 and he currently manages the Club’s Scholarship Program. He is also the Club’s Secretary.

Director – William + Hughes Commercial Lawyers

Ian Skelton
Treasurer and Marketing

Ian is a partner with Deloitte, and has an extensive background in the resources industry.  Ian joined the committee in 2014 and currently acts as the Club Treasurer and sits on the Marketing Committee.

Partner – Deloitte

Damian Connelly 
Memberships and Schools Programme

Damian is a consulting engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the resource sector. Damian joined the WA Mining Club committee in 2011 and assists with organising the student scholarships and developing a schools programme.

Director/Principal Engineer  – Mineral Engineering Technical Services

Natalie Taylor

Natalie currently manages the Career Enrichment Program at Roy Hill. As part of her scope of work, she manages 1,300 employees, continuously develop and improve the program and enhance opportunities for staff to reach their full potential both personally and professionally.

She has worked in the mining industry for 7 years in a variety of roles, which includes Technician Coordinator, High Pressure Water Blaster, Behavioural Based Safety Facilitator, Senior Administrator and Warehouse Operator, Training Systems Support Officer, Training Coordinator, Trainer, RC Driller’s Offsider, Port Production Operator, Emergency Response Volunteer and Career Enrichment Advisor. All these positions have taught her something new about the industry.

Craig Hook

Craig is an experienced corporate advisor and executive coach built on over twenty years international, senior management of large and small resource companies. Craig has been actively involved in the Club since 2005 and joined the 2014 committee in the marketing portfolio and now leads the Membership Committee.

Director – Strategic Intent

Sharon Goddard

Sharon joined Gold Road in June 2011 and has more than 20 years’ experience in mining, agribusiness and legal.

Her responsibilities include managing corporate aspects of the organisation, external affairs, native title, marketing and day-to-day operations.

Previously Sharon was Practice Manager for a newly merged Perth law firm Middletons and was instrumental in the fit-out and set-up of the new merged office including implementation of an IT solution, financial and human resources functions and risk and compliance.  She has also worked for Wesfarmers as Executive Assistant to the Finance Director and assisted with all investor relations briefings including Annual and Half Yearly Results presentations and roadshows; as well as preparation of national roadshows to analysts, fund managers and shareholders.

She holds a Master of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Diploma in Financial Markets.

General Manager, Corporate



Emanuel Gherardi
Scholarships Alumni and Young Professionals

Emanuel has owned and run a multi-national Mining Recruitment business with operations across Australia, Singapore and West Africa. In his 20 years in the industry he has worked closely with some of the world’s largest and most well known mining organisations and mining professionals across all categories.

He has overseen scholarship and trainee programs for his clients and internally, has run global marketing campaigns for his own business and clients. He’s keen to use his skillset to work within the scholarship portfolio and assist the industry’s emerging leaders.

Director – Energy & Mining Group 

Samantha Ware
Young Professionals Committee

Samantha has been in the mining industry for seven years, most recently in the capacity as a People & Culture Business Partner with Gold Road Resources. She is passionate about the future of the industry and feels the best way to safeguard it, is to upskill our upcoming generation of leaders. Sam feels the mining club holds potential to connect experienced mining professionals with emerging leaders, with the goal to pass knowledge and strategise beyond generations.

People and Culture Business Partner – Gold Road Resources