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Young Professionals

Young Professionals

The WA Mining Club Young Professionals (WAMC YP) aspires to drive diversification and innovation within the mining industry, through creation of a forum that supports development and retention of young professionals.

We will establish a career-long network of individuals who are building their careers in mining.

To maintain globally competitive operations, we believe there is an imperative to leverage different ways of thinking to transform the way we work. Our initiatives and events feature insights and perspectives from a range of industry professionals, to generate open discussion and debate about the future of our industry.

WAMC YP supports the growth and development of members and their careers in the mining through connection and collaboration. We strongly encourage young professionals in mining to join and become members.  WAMC YP are also looking for like-minded organisations to support the next generation of young leaders as foundation partners and event sponsors – contact youngprofessionals@waminingclub.asn.au

Proposed dates for our 2019 YP Quarterly Networking Events are:

  • Thursday, 4 April
  • Thursday, 6 June
  • Wednesday, 14 August
  • Thursday, 7 November

Please note that these dates are indicative only and may change based on venue and speaker availability.


Samantha Ware

Samantha is a people and capability business partner with over seven years of experience in human resources and recruitment fields within the mining industry. Most recently, Samantha has been employed by Gold Road Resources as People & Culture Business Partner, focusing on talent management, learning and development, organisational design and leadership. With an educational background in political science and human resource management Samantha is passionate about transformational leadership, diversity and organisational culture.

Breanna Cameron
Vice Chair

Breanna began her mining career in 2008, with exposure across the iron ore, lithium and nickel sectors, she has undertaken FIFO roles in heavy machinery operations and drill and blast activities. Recently completing a Bachelor of Engineering, Honours, Breanna is transitioning to a technical services underground graduate mine engineer role with Gold Fields Australia. Coupling academic excellence with the invaluable experience of a previous career as a production mining operative.

Breanna is a strong and passionate advocate for gender diversity in the resources sector, and has been invited to speak at various forums regarding her experiences in front line mining operations, including at the 2017 Gold Industry Group Diversity Debate. She actively contributes to visible leadership and cultural change in the industry, and seeks to empower and motivate her peers.

Jacob Sammut

Jacob is currently a Drill and Blast Engineer working with Northern Star Resources at their Kundana operations based at Kalgoorlie. He has six years of exposure within the Australian Mining Industry and has worked in open cut coal, underground nickel and underground gold operations where he was exposed to modified Avoca stoping and narrow vein methods.

Jacob graduated from Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (First Class) Honours. While studying at WASM, he was involved in extra-curricular committees which included roles in the WASM Wombats, WASM Social Club and the WASM Student Guild.  He is looking forward to working alongside the rest of the WAMC YP committee to provide a forum where innovative ideas can be discussed among emerging leaders in the mining industry.

Miranda McLachlan

Miranda has over seven years of experience applying technical, financial and commercial insights to shape and deliver large scale infrastructure projects. Her experience also includes portfolio integration, operational improvement and investment evaluation projects for global mining companies. Miranda is a specialist at Sandpit Innovation, an Australian-based engineering and innovation company that uses business acumen and big picture thinking to create well-designed, practical solutions that align people and transform organisations.

Miranda has always been passionate about mining, and pursued opportunities to contribute to a range of mining-sector initiatives during her time with global consulting companies Aurecon and PwC. Her unique approach continually challenges the teams that she works with to think differently, to ensure future ready and industry leading outcomes.