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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
  • Thursday, 15 August
  • Thursday, 14 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 Senior Human Resource Advisor, 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.

Josh Snow

Josh is a corporate advisory analyst with a demonstrated history of specialisation in resources and emerging markets. Skilled in M&A Advisory, Financial Modelling, Financial Analysis, Due Diligence, Capital Markets, Expert Reporting and Valuations. Josh graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance). He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand where he also sits on the WA panel representing young professionals within the organisation. Further to this Josh is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Laws qualification at Curtin University.

Callum Twigger

Callum works in corporate advisory law and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on the mining sector.  He has assisted several significant mergers/divestments in the WA mining sector and provides ongoing advice to the boards of a number of ASX-listed companies. Callum also has experience in corporate insolvency, personal bankruptcy and restructuring law. He previously worked in digital marketing and publishing, including as an editor and a journalist. Outside of law, Callum is interested in history, film, and long-distance running.

Kira Sorenson
Committee Member

Kira is an environmental management professional with over seven years’ experience in the iron ore and bauxite mining sectors. She began her mining career in 2012 supporting various Rio Tinto Iron Ore construction projects across the Pilbara, and more recently, Alcoa bauxite mines in WA’s south west, and Rio Tinto / Alcoa / Dadco joint venture bauxite mine in Guinea, Africa. Kira is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, seeking to empower her peers in her role as Site Lead for the Alcoa Women’s Network, and inspire the next generation of resource professionals as a regular volunteer at resource industry career expos and STEM career events.

Kelsie Brennan
Committee Member

Kelsie is a People & Culture Advisor and has worked in the mining industry for 6 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Business and Management. Kelsie has been employed by Independence Group (IGO) for the past 4 years where she works closely with leaders and multiple stakeholders to provide fit for purpose HR advice on the full employee lifecycle. Outside of work, Kelsie is a dancer and enjoys playing netball.

Thomas Barrow
Committee Member

Tom is passionate about the global resource industry and advocates a strong interest in risk analysis, supply chains and macro-economic influences in the global mining sector. He holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and is currently studying the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course to complement his mining background. Tom works as a project engineer for Northern Star Resources and has skills in data analysis, business improvement and financial modelling.

Tom is a big believer there is a disconnect between young professionals and students in the resource, business and energy sectors. He wishes to break down these boundaries and promote mining as a catalyst for sustainable change.

Vincent Lang

Vincent is currently completing his Master of Professional Engineering in mining engineering at UWA. He commenced his mining journey in 2018 in underground gold in Kalgoorlie, and open pit mining with Rio Tinto during his summer vacation. Recently at Rio Tino, he worked on the autonomous haulage system project at Brockman 4 as a production engineer. 

Vincent is due to graduate in 2019 from UWA with a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Finance and Engineering Science (Mining). While at UWA, he is the secretary of the AusIMM Student Chapter. 

Vincent joins the WAMC YP committee eager to represent current and future students pursuing a career in mining. Vincent hopes to be the link to students in all disciplines in STEM, business and finance and show that the mining industry isn’t just limited to mining engineer and geologist!


Ellen Cha
Committee Member

Ellen is a technical assistant in the Chemistry team at Wrays IP and assists in patent and trade mark prosecution for both local and overseas clients, majority being in the mining sector.   With her background in chemical engineering, she is particularly interested in new technologies and design advancements in mineral & metallurgical processes.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from UWA, a Master of Chemical Engineering from University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a Master of Intellectual Property at UTS.