Our Consultants:

Denise Goldsworthy
Denise Goldsworthy AO – Owner and Managing Principal – B.Met (Uni of Newcastle, Hons + Uni Medal), FAIM, FTSE, GAICD

Denise has successfully transitioned to the third phase of her career – as a Non-Executive Director and advisor on research, technology and innovation. As the founder of Alternate Futures Pty Ltd, a company that connects solutions to problems by addressing knowledge, cultural and system barriers, Denise and her team connect Australia’s research organisations, tech start-ups and industry to deliver results and proactively manage disruptive technologies. Denise is also Chair of ChemCentre WA and Gascoyne Gateway Ltd; an NED for Western Power and Leichhardt Industrials; Deputy Chancellor and Chair of the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee at Edith Cowan University; a member of the Commercialisation advisory Board for Curtin University; a member of the WA Defence Science Centre advisory Board; Chair of the Board of trustees for the Navy Clearance Diver Trust; and a member of CRC Advisory Committee.

Denise started her career at BHP Steel Newcastle, with 17 years in leadership roles in both operations and technology for Ironmaking and Steelmaking. Following this, Denise worked as an executive for Rio Tinto for 15 years, with roles including CCO Autonomous Haul Trucks, Managing Director of Dampier Salt, Managing Director HIsmelt and Director Major Projects. Denise was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2020 Queen’s Birthday honors list for her contributions to technology and innovation, as well as being named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

Alex Atkins – Principal Mining Consultant

BE(Min Expln & Min Geol)2A Hon, BE(Mining), MBA(Finance), FAusIMM(CP) GAICD

A Director of The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and Founder of her own consultancy, Alex’s experience is mainly in underground base and precious metals as a mining engineer, geologist & geotechnical engineer with an MBA(Finance). She’s lived mining in practice through the full value chain in roles that find mines, design mines, run mines, regulate mines & in the Big4’s auditing mining companies.

Her ~30 year Australasian mining career is best described in 3 stages:
1) Core STEM mining capabilities (15 years operations management, First Class Mine Managers Certificate in WA & Qld)
2) Executive governance, regulatory, strategy and risk capabilities (15 years)
3) Emergent future focussed NED & Board advisor.

AAA undertakes projects for mining company Boards to look for gaps & opportunities regarding technical & operational risk (ie a balance between conformance & performance).

Conformance & Protection:
Undertake Three Lines of Defense (3LoD) Assurance Mapping for technical and operational risks and assist with preparation of Due Diligence (ESG, M&A DD). JORC compliance Risk Control Matrices (RCM’s) for internal and external audits (KAMs). MSIA/MSIR Compliance Reviews.

Facilitate strategy & risk workshops and innovation related collaborations (e.g. to help companies work out how to digitally transform their business model, standardise-integrate-automate and holistically optimise – from a STEM Mining Professional’s POV). Associated with Alternate Futures – presently doing a feasibility study on a new CRC for the Digital Transformation of Mining for METS Ignited. Alex is focussed on industry engagement aspects of the study.

Regina Flugge

Dr. Regina Flugge – Principal Project Manager

Regina is a strong leader with proven ability to deliver on a vision by inspiring people to work together towards a common goal and building effective teams to collectively achieve organisational outcomes. With over 25 years’ experience in environment and sustainability, she has worked in education, government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors, including for RAC WA, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, and Office of the Chief Scientist of WA and Rio Tinto.

In addition to her executive experience, Regina has served on a number of Committees and Boards, including currently serving on the Biosecurity Council of WA and is Chair of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Committee. Regina was Chair of the Rangelands Natural Resource Management Co-ordinating group, and previously served on the Conservation and Parks Commission, Conservation Commission, Coastal Planning and Coordination Council, Sustainable Energy Assocation and governing Council of the West Pilbara College of TAFE. Regina was a WA finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014 and 2015.

  • DBA (Curtin), MMgt (USQ), MBA (Deakin), MSc (UWA), B.ApSc (Curtin)
  • Member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand and the National Environmental Law Association

Associated Consultants:

Matthew Coomber – Principal Communications Consultant (Little Fish Consulting) – Matt brings more than 20 years’ professional external affairs and communications experience to the table. Degree-qualified in construction engineering, an accomplished technical journalist, and an experienced communications specialist with solid experience in government and the resources sector, he works at the intersection of technical, creative and management roles, dissecting and interpreting technically complex ideas, simplifying or aggregating them for less technical audiences, or those with a different focus.

Fern Dyball – Principal Consultant (PitCrew Consulting) – Fern has 23 years of mining industry in iron ore and diamonds, with experience covering commercial, sales, business analysis, operations leadership, financial services, operations planning, business improvement and business strategy. An experienced mentor, she describes one of her leadership strengths as ‘recognising when and how to ask the ‘dumb’ questions to assist those with the core expertise to solve their own problems and
develop their capacity’.

Captain Michael Edwards, OAM – Senior Maritime Consultant (Oropesa Holdings) – Having successfully operated in world-wide operations whilst leading and managing teams of 15-350 personnel, Michael brings to the fight a range of experiences and breadth of knowledge that have the capacity to strengthen any commercial project or operation. A professional mariner with over 30 years’ experience in both Naval and Commercial operations, where driving innovation and efficiency were paramount to successful business outcomes. In the last 10 years the provision of technological and process innovation have delivered outstanding results in efficiency and commercial advantage to a major resources client in Western Australia. Dip.App.Sci.(Maritime Operations); Licensed Pilot by WA Dept of Transport; ISO 9001 Lead Auditor; Member International Tug Masters Association (ITA) and Nautical Institute (NI).

Captain Adam McPhail – Senior Maritime Consultant (Oropesa Holdings) – With a professional maritime career spanning 30 years across defence and commercial industries, Adam brings a broad perspective and significant depth to the variety of influences challenging the business of maritime operations in the modern economy. Having spent the last 15 years as a commercial Marine Pilot, Marine Surveyor, and Port Operations Contractor, Adam has provided services to industry as lead consultant on green field port design and existing port operational efficiency management and review. Focused on the engagement of leading edge technology to maximize the safety and efficiency of today’s port functions, Adam has delivered advantage to various projects in coastal development and port operations. In an environment of dynamic commercial, regulatory and economic factors, a holistic outlook coupled with visionary ambitions has ensured the delivery of industry leading outcomes across all endeavours. B.Bus (Maritime Management), Dip.App.Sci.(Maritime Operations); Licensed Pilot by WA Dept of Transport; Cert in Marine Surveying; ISO 9001 Lead Auditor; Member of the IHMA extreme weather conditions and safe mooring policy work group; Member of International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA), Australasian Marine Pilots Institute (AMPI), International Tug Masters Association (ITA), Company of Master Mariners Australia and Nautical Institute (NI).

David Shoebridge – Principal Mining Logistics (Strategic Bridge) – is a highly experienced Mining Professional who has developed and implemented significant strategic infrastructure systems within the resources sector in Australia and Africa. He understands and translates best practice into operating processes and infrastructure that work effectively in both greenfield and brownfield projects. He has a proven aptitude to fully comprehend the interactions across the whole mining value chain – from the in-situ resource to the ship; identifying constraints, and assessing the effect of contributing factors on business risk.


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