Founding Chairman : Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Ballarat-based Gekko Systems, a world leader in gold processing technology.
She is a member of the Australian Federal Government’s, Innovation Australia Board. Elizabeth and Gekko have won several awards including: 2007 Warren Centre Innovation Heroes Award; Winner Best Early Stage Category Award – 2003 Australian Venture Capital Awards. The company has been twice listed in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
Professor Tim Napier-Munn
Tim Napier-Munn is a metallurgist with 40 years experience. He has a Bachelors degree in Mineral Technology and a PhD from Imperial College, London, and a Masters degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He worked for DeBeers in South Africa for 11 years, in the final 4 years as Manager of the Diamond Research Laboratory Mines Division, and lectured for 3 years at Imperial College. He joined the JKMRC at the University of Queensland in 1985, where he ran a number of large industry-based research projects, becoming Research Director in 1993, JKMRC Director in 1997 and inaugural Managing Director of the JKMRC commercial company JKTech Pty Ltd in 2001, retiring from these two roles in 2004. Since then he has worked with the JKMRC, consulted to industry and given professional development courses. Tim’s technical specialities include the dense medium separation process, mathematical modelling of mineral processes, and the application of statistical methods to mineral processing. He has recently given his 100th course on Statistics for Metallurgists, and is currently writing a book on the subject. He has over 100 publications including contributions to three books. He was editor of, and contributor to, the JKMRC’s book ‘Mineral comminution circuits – their operation and optimisation’.
Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic
Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic is a qualified metallurgical engineer with approximately 12 years experience in the minerals industry.
She holds a PhD in energy efficient comminution plant design and was recently awarded the 2010 Vittorio de Nora Prize for Environmental Improvements in Metallurgical Industries for her research.
Zeljka has operational experience in base metals, copper and gold concentrators. Having been involved in the operation and optimisation of these plants in Australia, Canada and China.
Dr Mike Daniel
Principal Process consultant at Ausenco and CMD Consulting Pty Ltd.
Mike is a comminution expert with over 15 years in the field of crushers, AG Milling, SAG/Ball milling and HPGR as well as being a specialist in sustainability and energy efficiency. Mike has been involved with project management, project production and flow sheet design and optimisation. His expertise includes test work programs and SAG vs. HPGR trade off studies to evaluate and confirm the decision making process in novel engineering designs. Process circuit designs often include emergy and energy reduction analysis, and high level analysis of ore characterisation test data and procedures. Mike understands ore property data in relation to JKSimMet and power based modeling techniques. In particular his expertise covers SPI data, drop weight index and SMC DWi data, JK DWT Axb data, and conventional Bond data, BBwi, BRwi, Cwi.
Mike completed his Masters (2003) and PhD (2007) degrees at the University of Queensland’s JKMRC. Prior to relocating to Australia in 2000, Mike spent a number of years with Anglo American Corporation and six years with De Beers (DebTech) in project management and mineral resource management roles.
Michael Battersby is a co-founder and Managing Director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd (MMS), based in Cardiff, Wales. Michael has over 35 years experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and equipment sales management.
Michael has led MMS to be one of the leading new technology development companies in the minerals industry. To date the company has invented, patented, developed and then commercialised five different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 the company won a Smart Wales award for the development of G-Cell pneumatic flotation. In 2006 MMS won the “Celebration of Innovation” award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.
Michael has degrees in Mineral Processing (Cardiff University) and Enterprise & Innovation (Swinburne University of Technology) He is a Chartered Engineer and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (London), the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME (USA). Michael is listed as a co-inventor on a number of patents and has co-authored many technical papers.
Joe Pease has degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Economics. He spent 21 years in operations in a variety of research, project and production management roles. Most of this was at Mount Isa in Australia, including manager of the Mount Isa lead zinc and copper concentrator for 8 years, and lead smelter manager for 2 years.
For the last decade years Joe has been Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology, which develops and markets technologies to improve the efficiency of minerals processing, smelting, refining and leaching.
From his time in operations Joe saw the perspectives of all stages of the processing chain, from mining to final refining. This left him with a passion to improve the find efficiencies both within, but especially between, the traditional “silos” in processing and organisations.
In addition to CEEC, Joe serves on several industry bodies, including the Board and Executive Committee of AMIRA, the Board of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, the Ian Wark Institute Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the Australian Minerals Education Partnership.