RESA - Unearthing Skills Solutions

RESA Board

RESA Board

Ms Christine Charles - RESA

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 Phil de Courcey - RESA

Mr Phil de Courcey


Phil has been a director on the RESA board since the 1st August 2010 and is currently the CEO of RESA.

Phil has considerable experience in commercial and financial management, including development of businesses.

He has had executive and financial responsibilities and has contributed to the leadership of a range of organisations, where he operated in the development of skills and capability of companies.

He has experience in finance, marketing and project analysis and management. Phil was previously the CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC).


Mr Paul J Dowd - RESA

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.

Dr Paul Heithersay - RESA

Dr Paul Heithersay

Paul Heithersay leads the PIRSA division of Minerals and Energy Resources.

Dr Paul Heithersay was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Olympic Dam Task Force in December 2010.  He also holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive, Resources and Energy. Dr Heithersay’s role at the Olympic Dam Task Force provides a “single entry point” into government for private sector stakeholders in the development of resource investment projects that are particularly significant in terms of size and complexity.

Before joining the Public Service in 2002, Dr Heithersay spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.