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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.

Mrs Jodie Badcock - RESA

Mrs Jodie Badcock


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, and 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. 


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

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 John Briggs - RESA

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.