METS Ignited is governed by an experienced industry-focused Board of Directors from various sectors of the METS innovation ecosystem, including SMEs, multi-national corporations, and R&D. The METS Ignited Board is Chaired by Lyle Bruce (centre).
Chair - Lyle Bruce
Lyle is an experienced leader, manager and engineer, having spent 35 years in the mining and processing industry, mostly related to technology commercialisation and implementation. He is currently Chair of two Australian mining technology companies (MineWare and Blast Movement Technologies) and a partner of Jolimont GMS, a specialist investor in mining technology companies.
Lyle was CEO of GroundProbe for ten years, taking this Australian mining technology from university research to commercial success, becoming the world leader in mine slope stability monitoring. He previously held roles with Mount Isa Mine and Rio Tinto, including running MIM Process Technologies.
Winner of several awards, including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and the Warren Centre Hero of Innovation, Lyle is passionate about technology implementation and commercialisation, and building the Australian METS sector.
Deputy Chair - Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
Elizabeth is one of the founding members of the METS Growth Centre and was appointed as Chair on 17 February 2015.
Elizabeth is a key advocate for the Australian METS industry. She is the former Chair of Austmine, the peak body for the Australian METS Sector, and also the co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, an Australian METS success story. Elizabeth has successfully held several board positions including a member of the National Precincts Board, the Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Forum, the Innovation Australia Board and its predecessor the Industry Research and Development Board (2006-2013).
Elizabeth is an inductee of the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and recipient of several awards including the Warren Centre’s Innovation Heroes Award. As the founder, prior Chair and now Patron of CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution), Elizabeth was visionary in the formation of this not-for-profit organisation. Prior to her involvement in the mining sector, Elizabeth worked in stockbroking and strategic planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business Management.
Bernadette is Deloitte's Australian Oil, Gas and LNG Leader. She has more than 25 years of experience across the oil and gas value chain and all stages of the capital project to operations lifecycle. Bernadette has worked with companies in the upstream, downstream, midstream, LNG and trading segments as well as in conventional and unconventional oil and gas. Bernadette focuses on supporting Australian and international companies to be globally competitive. Day to day, she helps companies reduce cost, improve business performance and grow.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Bernadette was Managing Director for Energy in Accenture's Perth practice and APAC Energy Lead from 2007 to November 2016. Throughout her career, Bernadette has held a number of senior global oil and gas sector roles, including with Exxon Company International, Esso Singapore and Arthur Anderson. She was also a Vice President in SAIC's Oil and Gas consulting practice (later acquired by Wipro). Bernadette has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City, and has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering.
Dr Jeannette McGill
Jeannette McGill is the global Head of Telstra Mining Services and has more than 20 years mining sector experience and management skills in both underground and surface mines, encompassing large and small-scale exploration, development, production and acquisition decisions in a variety of commodities.
Her career started in mining production as a section and exploration geologist where she also became became the second woman in the Free State Province, South Africa to be issued an underground blasting certificate. She holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines in Mining Engineering, Mineral Economics and Economic Geology. Previously as head of the CSIR’s Centre for Mining Innovation she lead applied programs focused on automation, robotics and in-mine communications. In addition she has exposure as a mining analyst responsible for evaluating streaming agreements for funding opportunities in North America.
She joined the Telstra Corporation in Melbourne, Australia from Anglo American Platinum where she was head of Technology and Innovation responsible for strategy development and investment into game-changing technologies impacting the way narrow-reef mining is undertaken. Now she ensures that the game changing technology in the mining sector can be enabled through the connectivity needs such as WiFi and private LTE, as deployed by Telstra Mining Services. She was one of the Top Women in Mining in 2016 as identified by WIMUK.
Dr David Skellern AO
Dr David Skellern is Chairman and Director of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre which provides thought leadership and breakthrough technology solutions for capital and health markets.
Dr Skellern is a successful ICT entrepreneur, with a strong background in research, education, collaboration, and commercialisation. Dr Skellern worked in radioastronomy for 10 years and taught electronics at Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before coming to prominence in the IT industry through Radiata Inc which he co-founded in 1997 to build wireless LAN chips based on research he led at Macquarie University, in collaboration with the CSIRO. Radiata was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2001. David was on the Board of National ICT Australia (NICTA) in 2003 and he was CEO in 2005 to 2011.
Christine is an experienced and skilled in-house legal counsel and company secretary for a number of Brisbane based science, technology and engineering businesses. With qualifications in science and law, and extensive experience in technology commercialisation businesses, Christine provides valuable skills to protect the interests of a business and ensure that legal and regulatory requirements are met both in Australia and abroad.
Mark has forty years' experience in the minerals industry, notably in leading research and business operations units, change management and process and technology improvement. He took up the position of CEO of MRIWA (Minerals Institute of Western Australia) in March 2013. Prior to joining MRIWA, Mark was Executive Director of the Resources and Chemistry Precinct at Curtin University, and prior to that CEO of the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions, during which time Mark was also Deputy Chair of the CRC Association Committee (2005 to 2008).
Mark has previously held senior management positions with Rio Tinto businesses, including Hamersley Iron and Comalco. Mark is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Corporate Member, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.