What we do
RESA is the primary skills and workforce development advisory agency for the mining and energy industry sectors - providing state representation in national forums and connecting with the best of Australian practice for the benefit of South Australians.
Professor 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.
Dr Paul Heithersay
Dr Paul Heithersay is Chief Executive of the Department for Energy and Mining.
The department brings together the resources, energy and renewable's divisions responsible for managing and regulating the State's mineral, gas, petroleum and energy sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.
Previously, Dr Heithersay was deputy chief executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he was responsible for the Minerals, Resources, Energy and Economic Development divisions.
He joined the South Australian public service in 2002, initially as executive director of the Geological Survey of South Australia within the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA). In June 2012, Dr Heithersay was awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the growth and development of the mineral resources sector in South Australia and in November 2012, elected to the Fellowship of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE).
In October 2013, Dr Heithersay was awarded the prestigious Legend in Mining award for his role in guiding South Australia’s transformation into a major destination for investment in mineral resources and energy
Mr Paul J Dowd
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 John Briggs
John is a proud Yorta Yorta man from Cummrugunja, part of the Barmah Forest on the Murray River border region between Victoria and New South Wales. John joined the RESA Board in February 2019.
John is the General Manager of Intract Australia Pty Ltd, an indigenous owned and operated company providing civil and construction services across Australia. Intract is one of the largest private sector employers of indigenous personnel.
John has extensive knowledge of implementing national training and career development strategies, community engagement, cultural awareness and social responsibility programs, and business development and operations in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
In his own consultancy, JB Consultancy, John takes a simple approach to uncovering Indigenous culture in an Australian context. He provides solutions and expertise around the implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans and diversity strategies that have indigenous targets.
Chief Executive Officer
Jodie joined RESA in 2015, in the role of Workforce Development Manager, and joined the Board on commencing in the role of CEO in March 2020.
Jodie has extensive experience in leadership roles in the development and implementation of training and skills frameworks in the resources and infrastructure sectors.
Jodie currently represents METS Ignited and NERA on the national Metalliferous Industry Reference Committee, is a member of the Drilling Industry Reference Committee and the MCA's Mining Skills Organisation Pilot. Jodie also sits on the Training and Skills Commission’s Construction Mining and Energy Industry Skills Committee.
These Committee’s play key roles in developing and influencing the systems, processes and programs that support the current and emerging skills requirements of industry.
Project Support Officer
Sue joined RESA in 2019 as a project support officer with expertise in digital imaging and communications. Sue has completed a Bachelor of Media Arts and has experience in digital marketing and promotions.
Sue provides technical digital support to RESA and actively participates in the delivery of our projects and activities.
Consultant - Industry Insights
Charles Moore Solutions was established to work with enterprises to deliver their projects and strengthen connections with stakeholders and government agencies.
Charles Moore, the owner of Charles Moore Solutions, has extensive executive experience and knowledge of the resources and state government sectors in South Australia.
Charles brings a unique blend of expertise and understanding of the mineral resources sector, corporate and industry development strategy, stakeholder engagement and communications.
Charles led the development and implementation of the internationally recognised South Australian Copper Strategy while in the Department for Energy and Mining.
He worked with industry, researchers, Aboriginal and regional communities and government agencies to deliver the program, including leading the Copper to the World Conference series from 2017-2019.
Consultant - Industry Pathways
Keven Donnelly is the principal consultant. He is a highly experienced practitioner with substantial experience in training and development strategies both in Australia and over seas.
Keven has worked in the Mining, extractive, chemical and petrochemical industries as well as working with drilling and heavy haulage organisations. He has also spent a number of years working with Industry Skills Councils to help rationalise and consolidate training packages.
Keven was instrumental in designing a training system which saw the organisation win Employer of the Year in the NSW Training awards. The organisation then went on to win the resource sector award in the National training awards.
He has had considerable success with pre-employment strategies and the development and facilitation of traineeships for indigenous people, specifically in the mining sector.
Prior to moving to New South Wales, Keven spent 3 years commuting to the United States as an Organisational Change Consultant. The project was mainly around organisational development and change management, recruitment, Training and Development, Job/Role development and attainment of ISO accreditation
Some of Kevens recent projects projects include:
Assisting organisations to develop workforce planning and development strategies.
Review and update HSE management systems.
Development of Training Systems and succession planning.
Organisational Management restructures.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs
Specialties: T&D systems, National Training Framework, Redevelopment of operational groups and management, Staffing and recruitment, Organisation development
How we work
Jobs and Opportunities for South Australians
RESA is focussed on providing products and services that support government and industry to meet the workforce and organisational capability requirements of the mining and energy sectors.
Our approach is to:
consult widely to understand the priorities and challenges of the sector.
collate the industry priorities information and data we receive and report it through channels that have the capability to develop, support or provide solutions
recognise the capability throughout the Australian and South Australian industry sector and to initiate and support collaboration as required to deliver solutions to industry.
develop recommendations for programs, services and strategic solutions where there are gaps in existing capability.
deliver programs, services and strategic solutions through targetted projects supported by industry and /or government.