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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.

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.

Ms Sue Chase - RESA

Ms Sue Chase

Sue Chase is the Executive Chair and Managing Director of Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd, a business she purchased in 2001.  The Cowell Electric business employs over 50 highly skilled people and has a turnover in excess of $12M.

Cowell Electric specialises in working in regional and remote areas of Australia in the design and construction of overhead and underground power lines and the provision of mining essential services, such as power, water, waste water, air conditioning, refrigeration and gas. Over 80% of Cowell Electric’s work comes from the mining, oil and gas industries. The business also services the defence industry at Woomera and constructs underground electrical reticulation for new land subdivisions. Sue has an accounting, finance and management background, and has over 30 years experience at Board level, not only with Cowell Electric, but also with other SME businesses including CBM Industrial Radiators (an industrial radiator manufacturing business based in Adelaide), Thermoview (a thermographic imaging consultancy business) and various Government Appointments such as TAFE Regional SA, Business Development Council  and Not for Profit, Scotch College Council of Governors.

Sue is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, having completed the Company Director’s Diploma and Mastering the Boardroom course. Over the years, Sue’s experience and achievements have been recognised by the following awards:

  • Telstra 2009  SA Business Women of the Year
  • Telstra 2009 SA Commonwealth Business Owner of the Year
  • 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
  • 2003 Churchill Fellowship to study small scale wind farming in relation to technical and financial feasibility for the development of community co-operative wind farms in regional and remote areas of Australia.
Mr Mark Rankmore - RESA

Mr Mark Rankmore

Mark Rankmore is Head of People and Performance at OZ Minerals and is responsible for leading the group’s people and technology strategy.

He has over 15 years Human Resources & Employee Relations experience in project delivery and operating environments in the resources, engineering and industrial sectors within diverse social and economic environments across Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA regions.

Prior to joining OZ Minerals, Mark held senior roles in ASX listed organisations including Chief People Officer & Head of Corporate Affairs with Forge Group, Executive General Manager Human Resources, Engineering at UGL and General Manager Human Resources at Asciano Limited.

Mark is a graduate from the University of Canberra, has completed post-graduate study in Finance & Law and has completed the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program at the University of Michigan.

Mr Parry Agius - RESA

Mr Parry Agius

Parry Agius specialises in enabling non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities to do business together. He focuses on the provision of culturally appropriate community consultation and engagement processes and in leading projects that deliver real economic, cultural and social benefits for not for profits and profit organisations.

Parry brings over 20 years of experience as both a CEO and Board Chair to the table along with a proven ability to lead major ongoing corporate contracts. He is recognised for his transformative and visionary practices in moving cross-cultural groups from conflict to collaboration.