RESA Board and Management
RESA is governed by a Board of Directors who are senior
executives from major resource companies and related (public
and private) industry organisations in South Australia.
Mr Paul J Dowd - Chairman
Paul Dowd has a professional career spanning
more than 45 years, primarily in the private sector, but also
served in the Public Sector as head of the Victorian Mines and
Petroleum Departments during the Kennett State Government.
Paul recently retired as Managing Director and CEO of Phoenix
Copper Limited, (PNX), but remains a Non-executive Director.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Oz Minerals Limited
(OZL); a Member of the Training and Skills Commission and serves as
an Advisory Board member for CSIRO, Mineral Resources Sector; the
Sustainable Minerals Institute of University of Queensland and
SAMPEG, (South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Experts Group). He
was the inaugural Chairman of RESIC - a Resources
Industry/Government infrastructure advisory board in SA.
Mr Phil De Courcey - CEO
Phil has been a director on the RESA board since the 1st August
2010 and is currently the CEO of RESA.
To view Phil's bio click here.
Mr Raymond Garrand
Raymond Garrand is the Chief Executive of
Prior to this Raymond had 4 years' experience as Chief Executive
of the Department of Trade and Economic Development.
Mr Garrand is an Honours Economics Graduate from Flinders
University and has extensive experience in both the private sector
and Government working with a number of major mining projects in
Queensland and as a board member of an international Mining
Mr Garrand has worked for two decades at the highest levels of
Government in Australia with experience with the Department of the
Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra and as an economic advisor
to Governments in South Australia and Queensland.
Dr Paul Heithersay
Paul Heithersay leads the PIRSA division of
Minerals and Energy Resources.
The division manages the state's mineral, gas and petroleum
resources on behalf of the people of South Australia.
Prior to joining the Public Service in South Australia in 2002,
Paul Heithersay spent over 20 years in the mining industry in
Australia and Southeast Asia for North Limited and its predecessor
Geopeko. As Exploration Manager for Australasia, Europe and Africa,
his responsibilities covered all aspects of exploration and mine
Paul Heithersay is currently a Board Member of Auscope. He is
also on the Industry Advisory panel for the Department of Geology
and Geophysics at the University of Adelaide and the Faculty of
Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board.
Mr Brian Kilgariff
Brian is a qualified Metallurgist with
approximately twenty two years of experience in the mineral
Brian has had approximately eight years' experience as Manager
of base metals concentrators, as well as several years managing
business improvement, occupational health and environment,
training, and employee relations.
Brian fulfilled the role of Senior Site Executive under the
Queensland Mines Act for four years at Thalanga Mine site in
Queensland, joined Oxiana in 2006 and is currently the General
Manager and Responsible Officer at Prominent Hill for OZ Minerals
Brian completed his first degree here in South Australia - where
he is delighted to have returned to live.
Ms Bronwen Fisher
Bronwen Fisher has been Team Leader Training
and Development - Safety & Training at SANTOS since 2009. Ms
Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide and
has a wide range of experience in industrial relations, recruitment
and human resources.
Bronwen is currently responsible for the strategy, systems
and execution of SANTOS's operations in EHS and technical training
across Australian and Indonesian locations.
Ms Christine Charles
Christine is a senior business leader who has
held a variety of positions in the private sector, public sector
and academia. She works independently, as a Board Director, also
chairs a number of government and industry bodies, and provides
strategic advice to companies in the mining and oil and gas
sectors. Christine is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for
Social Responsibility in Mining in the Sustainable Minerals
Institute at the
University of Queensland.
She has deep knowledge of the mining and energy sectors based on
several years in a global Group Executive role with Newmont Mining,
followed by a year as a Special Advisor to the CEO of the Minerals
Council of Australia.
Christine has worked at Chief Executive and senior executive
level in government, including health, housing, urban development,
human and community services, as well as whole of government
experience. Christine has also provided advice and expertise in
Defence in managing diversity and attraction, retention and
development of people.
Mr John Roberts
John has 50 years' experience in the mineral
exploration and mining industries in Australia and the United
States. John began his career as a geologist, involved in extensive
and successful mineral exploration in Australia.
He progressed to management positions in exploration and
production companies including Vice President, Manager and Managing
Director of Homestake Gold of Australia Limited in the 1980's.
During those years, Mr Roberts guided the company through public
listing and increased gold production (from less than 40,000 to
over 360,000 ounces per year).
John is currently Chairman of Directors for an Adelaide-based
company; Mithril Resources Limited (a nickel exploration
company). He is also Chairman of Rum Jungle Uranium Limited;
a Darwin-based uranium exploration company. He is the President of
the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy. John holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (1957) from the University of
Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining
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