Saturday, 28 November 2020
METS Ignited welcomes new staff
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METS Ignited welcomes new staff

Three members join the team

As you are aware, METS Ignited is an industry-led body funded by the Australian Government to work with industry and grow the competitiveness and productivity of the world-class Australian METS sector. This means fostering collaboration between METS companies, miners and researchers, helping to fast-track the commercialisation of the sector's many great ideas, enhancing our engagement with international markets, and enhancing skills for today and the future.

The METS Ignited 2017-18 work program is large and ambitious and we will continue to share progress with you on a regular basis.

To assist with the delivery, I am pleased to announce an additional three members.

Clare Sykes - General Manager International Markets

Clare SykesClare is a mining industry professional with more than 20 years' experience in operational and management roles across the public and private sectors. Clare's career has encompassed the areas of industry development, strategy and planning, supply chain optimisation, research and analysis, technical engineering and project management across varied domestic and international industry segments.

More recently, Clare joined the New South Wales Department of Industry and has worked with a range of businesses and industry partners to advance investment, innovation, industry development and competitive positioning for the NSW METS sector. She has worked as the primary contact point for the METS industry to actively engage and liaise with NSW Government.

Prior to joining the NSW Government, Clare worked in the private sector where she acted as an independent consultant for private coal industry clients in the areas of investment and market analysis. Clare also held various senior corporate roles including Director, Supply Chain and Logistics for Southcorp Wines based in the USA and a Transactional Corporate Finance role with the JP Morgan/Chase Manhattan Resources Team. Clare has also held various mining engineering roles in open-cut and underground coal operations with BHPB and Powercoal in Central Queensland and the Hunter region. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining - Hons 1) degree from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment with the Securities Institute of Australia. She has undertaken the 12 month Advanced Leadership Program with Women and Leadership Australia in 2014 and was the recipient of the Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship in 1998.

Clare is based in Sydney and can be contacted on 0422 996 191 or

Peter Clarke - General Manager Stakeholder Engagement (WA Bases)

Peter ClarkePeter has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia (1974) and a Master of Science from the University of Surrey (1978). He has spent most of his career in technology development and commercialisation in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. He has been a co-founder of four companies, a robotics and engineering business, a computer vision company, a refrigeration product design company and a mining services company.

Peter was a director of Austmine for several years and played a leading role in introducing a new laser scanning technology into the mining industry. This technology is now the globally accepted benchmark for managing liner wear in grinding mills and crushers.

He was awarded the WA Innovator of the Year in 2007, made a University of Sydney Innovation Hero in 2011 and accepted the Australian Museum Eureka Commercialisation prize for this work with Scanalyse Pty Ltd in 2013. Peter has worked closely with the innovation and start up space is a mentor on several accelerator programs including CSIRO ON, Unearthed, Vocus Upstart, Curtin Ignition and Start Something. He has an extensive network throughout the global mining industry with a good knowledge of the METS markets in Australia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, USA, Canada, Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

Peter is based in Perth and can be contacted on 0438 931 179 or

Dr Jacqui Coombes - General Manager Innovation

Jacqui CoombesJacqui introduces herself as a "variance analyst" who enjoys solving complex problems and challenges with other people. She enjoys data, information, uncertainty/risk analyses, and what these mean for how people reason and make decisions.

Jacqui majored in mathematics and statistics and, after an honours degree in Statistics, completed a master's degree in spatial statistics. She has a PhD centred on the JORC Code, with an emphasis on "Competency" or more specifically the development of analytical reasoning in the workplace, and is completing a master's degree in Resources and Commercial Law at UWA. The common thread is that each reflects a different way of thinking and different logic frameworks, which help broadens Jacqui's perspective when working with others to solve problems and generate ideas.

Jacqui has 27 years' experience in the mining and petroleum industry. After graduating with her master's, Jacqui joined South Africa's only oil and gas exploration company (Soekor). She was tasked to introduce and develop their spatial statistical capability. After almost four years in Cape Town, she joined Snowden Mining Industry Consultants in Perth. Snowden provided numerous opportunities to experience the mine value chain across multiple commodities and globally. While at Snowden, she liaised with CSIRO on the development of niche software development. Jacqui initiated and headed Snowden's Technical Mentoring division. For the last two and a half years Jacqui has also had a role at ECU as a Research Consultant (Statistics) advising higher degrees by research students in research design, methodology, sampling, analytics and interpretation.

Jacqui is based in Perth and can be contacted on 0439 029 025 or

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