David is a qualified chartered accountant and commercially focused finance professional with extensive international experience over 25 years. He has held senior executive positions, including CEO and CFO, and has board experience across a wide range of industries.
Trained as a lawyer and specialised in industrial relations and employment law before taking a new career direction in the oil and gas industry where she has spent the last 17 years. Lisa has held a number of other Board positions and is a former director of the Ngarluma Yindjibandi Foundation and the Dampier Port Authority.
Associate Professor at Curtin University where she teaches into the Theatre Arts major, Leah is also the Co-Artistic Director of the multi-award winning company The Nest Ensemble, which she co-founded in 2004. The Nest Ensemble generates performances that deal in ideas, imagination and transformation. A theatre director and collaborative performance maker with a particular interest in the creation of new works, Leah was awarded Best Director at the 2015 PAWA Awards.
David has extensive experience in the successful growth and management of businesses, both within Australia and Internationally. He has spent over 30 years in the engineering sector, during which time he has been actively involved in overall business management, strategic planning, business acquisition, project advisory services, project due diligence, technology commercialisation, project management, structural design, and university lecturing.
David is currently Deputy Chair of the Kimberley Ports Authority, and past non-executive Director of Engineering Education Australia. Previously he was employed by Evans & Peck, an engineering advisory firm, to develop bankable feasibilities and delivery strategies for multi-billion dollar resources developments. Prior to this, David was for over 20 years a senior executive and Director at WorleyParsons, playing an important role in the development of major new growth initiatives within the company. In particular, he was involved in the initial establishment and growth of WorleyParsons’ Infrastructure business.
David has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia. He has been actively involved in the broader engineering profession, including time as Chair of the WA Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, and as a WA Division Committee member of Engineers Australia.
Kelly Carter is the Vice President: Legal and Compliance for Gold Fields Australia. She began her legal career in the UK, before moving to Perth where she practised as a commercial disputes lawyer for a number of years.
Kelly has extensive experience in the resources sector, having initially spent several years as legal counsel for Norilsk Nickel Australia, before moving to Gold Fields, where she has managed the legal and compliance portfolio for the Australian region since 2011.
Kelly is a member of Gold Fields’ regional executive, with oversight and responsibility for both operational performance, regional strategy, and culture. A passionate advocate for her industry, and issues including diversity/inclusion and education, Kelly is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gold Industry Group, and is a member of the CME Gender Reference Committee. She was a finalist in the 2017 CME Women in Resources Awards, and a winner in the 2018 Business News 40under40 awards.
Philip Mitchell is an award winning director and puppeteer with more than two decades experience working in puppetry and visual theatre in Australia. He has been Artistic Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 14 years.
Philip’s work explores the point at which the visual arts meets the performing arts – it is this point of ignition that excites and feeds his artistic journey. Through his work Philip aims to explore new directions in puppetry development; he is passionate about discovering where the artistic leadership or authorship of a work can be placed.
Philip is committed to nurturing new artistic leaders in puppetry through Australia’s only tertiary education unit at WAAPA and training programs like FirstHand.