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Mining SWAP

Breaking new ground

The mining Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel (SWAP) is made up of mining industry stakeholders who provide input about workforce skilling needs for our Workforce Plan

Mining SWAP representatives also offer insights that guide AUSMASA about how to improve Vocational Education and Training (VET) mining packages and delivery. 

By consulting and engaging with a broad range of mining industry leaders, we aim to understand and address the workforce demands of this rapidly evolving sector.

Mining SWAP Representatives

Amanda Hamilton

Manager, Resources Industry Training Council of Western Australia

Amanda has more than 20 years of experience in vocational, academic and adult education. She has managed and mentored trainers and assessors, undertaken extensive stakeholder engagement, and driven the strategic vision, mission and value propositions for a range of registered training organisations (RTOs), from start-ups to award-winning institutions. Amanda is passionate about making a difference in her current role as Manager of the Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) of Western Australia (WA). She sits on various committees and panels.

Ben Lewis

Managing Director, One Key Resources

A former Army Officer, Ben has worked in labour hire and staffing solutions for more than 20 years across various industries. For almost a decade, he has exclusively serviced the mining and resources sector. In addition to his role as Managing Director of One Key Resources, which provides skilled personnel to the mining industry across Australia, Ben serves on the board of a veteran charity and has been involved in several enquiries addressing staffing solutions in the mining industry.

Elizabeth Gibson

General Manager, Construction Material Processors Association

Elizabeth started out training as a chemist in London. In Australia, her career snapshot includes Senior Research Officer for CUB, Principal Environmental Auditor (Land) for Environment Protection Authority Victoria, State Manager of the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories, Executive Director of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and Project Manager at the University of Melbourne. She has been General Manager of the Construction Material Processors Association (CMPA), the premier representative body for the state’s extractive resources industry, since 2013.

Jodie Badcock

Chief Executive, Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance

Jodie has more than 25 years’ experience in the vocational education and training sector. She has worked with some of the most disadvantaged members of the community with a career spanning from delivery of one of the first nationally accredited training programs, employment services and vocational education leading to roles supporting the development and implementation of the national competency framework for the mineral resources sector. As Chief Executive of the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) and as the elected Chair of the Metalliferous Mining Industry Reference Committee, Jodie’s contributions have been recognised by industry.

Karolina Szukalska

General Manager of Workforce and Innovation, Minerals Council of Australia

Karolina is the General Manager of Workforce and Innovation at the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the leading advocate for Australia’s minerals industry. She has extensive experience working in the community sector and across government in frontline service delivery and coordination, advocacy, community development, industry engagement and project, program, people and policy development, implementation, and evaluation. Karolina has served on various committees, advisory panels and working groups – both here in Australia and internationally.

Osama Ali

Regional Manager – Product Safety and Compliance, Caterpillar

Osama is the Regional Manager – Product Safety, Stewardship and Compliance for Caterpillar. His role encompasses internal and external engagement related to product safety, regulatory compliance and product stewardship, helping support the safe operation and maintenance of mining equipment in Australia. He is the current Chair of Standards Australia's Technical Committee ME-063 (Earthmoving Equipment), the Engineering Working Group Chair for Australia’s Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG), and an active participant on a number of Australian and International forums related to mining equipment safety.

Robert Petherbridge

Executive Director of Commercial Business, TAFE Queensland

As the Executive Director of Commercial Business at TAFE Queensland, the state’s largest training provider, Robert is responsible for establishing and delivering new and innovative programs to meet emerging industry skills and workforce development needs. With a passion for driving change in the Australian tertiary education and training sector, Robert has held a variety of roles in public and private organisations. He has also served on a range of committees and established the TAFE Queensland Commercial Business Unit.

Scott Layton

Leadership Projects, BHP

Scott has over 20 years’ experience in Learning and Development having previously served as chair of the Coal IRC and on several Workforce Planning committees. Working most recently as project lead for the BHP Global Frontline Leadership & Executive Development projects. His diversity of experience provides him with a unique view on training, education and development and a deep understanding of training packages and the training system. Aside from heading up Leadership Projects at BHP, Scott is currently a volunteer trainer for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Scott was previously the Chair of the Industry Reference Committee (Coal) for Resources training package, a member of the Minerals Council of Australia & the Greater Whitsundays Alliance workforce planning committees.

Shane Roulstone

National Organising Director, Australian Workers Union

Shane is the National Organising Director of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), which strives to provide members with increased safety, job security, and better pay and conditions. The AWU has been a strong supporter of vocational education and training for decades and currently represents members on 6 industry job and skills councils across multiple industries. Shane has served on a range of mining and drilling industry reference committees along with a number of national and state-based industry safety committees. 

Stephen Watts

Industry Safety and Health Representative, Queensland’s Mining and Energy Union

Stephen has worked in various staff and production roles in mining and mine contracting, as well as at a broad range of metalliferous and coal mines. As an experienced underground deputy, he has been appointed by the Mining & Energy Union QLD since 2020 in a statutory safety role under the Queensland Coal Act to represent all coal mine workers, including performing safety inspections and incident investigations. Stephen is a qualified trainer assessor and has been involved with various committees, panels and boards.

Tim Westcott

Director and Vice President, Australian Drilling Industry Association

Tim has worked in drilling for 40 years, making his way through the industry as a drillers offsider through to General Manager of Welldrill. He has been a member of the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA) for 25-plus years and a Director for the past 10 years, currently serving as Vice President. Tim has a Certificate IV and Diplomas in Drilling Health, Safety, and the Environment and Training and Assessment, as well as training in leadership and business management skills.

Troy Cook

Strategic Workforce Advisor, IntoWork, MAS National

For several years, Troy has acted as a strategic adviser for workforce development across various industries in Tasmania and Western Australia. He has worked closely with industry leaders, government officials and educational institutions to identify workforce trends, address skill gaps and promote vocational training programs. Troy is a Strategic Workforce Advisor at IntoWork, MAS National, a leading national provider of employment, skills and education, and support services that promote educational, economic and social participation for Australians.

Vanessa Skipworth

General Manager, Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council

Vanessa’s background is in workforce development. She worked for an apprenticeship network provider for over two decades. Vanessa sits on various advisory groups and committees, in addition to her role as the General Manager of the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC). TMEC is a membership-based organisation representing the state’s mining exploration, extraction and processing businesses, energy sectors, advanced manufacturers, and associated supply chains. Vanessa’s career highlights include receiving a National Minister’s Award for Excellence for apprenticeship support services.

Zane Hughes

Project Lead Researcher, Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies

Zane is a Waanyi Traditional Custodian of North West Queensland and has held leadership roles in a range of mining companies and infrastructure project development companies and in Indigenous corporations representing Native Title holders. He has an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the mining sector, processes, and operational drivers. Aside from his role as a Project Lead Researcher at the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME), Zane has served on a number of committees and represented Native Title interests across a range of national forums and is also a Research Fellow for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University. 

SWAP selection process

SWAP members are selected based on their knowledge and experience in the mining industry and the automotive industry. They are usually leaders within their organisation who have demonstrated committee/advisory panel experience. 

All SWAP appointments were made in line with our SWAP Selection Process guidelines.

To gather a range of diverse insights, we have selected SWAP members from a range of organisations, including industry, unions, peak bodies, and education providers, to provide diverse insights and skills.