30 episodes

The WASMA Mining and Resources Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories from professionals in the Mining and Resources sector. Stories cover discussions on leadership, risk, finance, marketing, technical, research and personal development specialist guests.

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The WASMA Mining and Resources Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories from professionals in the Mining and Resources sector. Stories cover discussions on leadership, risk, finance, marketing, technical, research and personal development specialist guests.

    Chris Elders: Lessons for Mining From Oil and Gas_Ep28 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Chris Elders: Lessons for Mining From Oil and Gas_Ep28 WASM Alumni Podcast

    • 10 min
    Willy Wilshaw: The Godfather of Engineering in Mining_Ep27 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Willy Wilshaw: The Godfather of Engineering in Mining_Ep27 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Follow the incredible journey of one of the original innovators of mining - Willy Wilshaw. A rare interview where he bares all.
    With a $500 scholarship he started off his Mechanical Engineering journey in Kalgoorlie. He describes the courses as mining focused with courses heavily focusing on Mechanical, Electrical, Production, Electrical Engineering and drafting. Everything revolved around design work where you were industry ready.
    He started off as a trades assistant on the ground floor. In the late 60's he got his break during the Nickel strikes where management put him in the drawing offices as a draftsman.
    In the 70's he left Kalgoorlie on a journey of self discovery which took him across the continents to 80 countries. He recounts his experiences of apartheid in South Africa and the personal conflict he experienced at the way Africans were treated.
    He goes on to discuss his return to Kambalda - where mechanisation started to emerge in the region. He describes his drawings for the Portal sets at the Otter Juan mine and the excitement of designing something new and using all his knowledge and how this creativity fuelled the rest of his engineering career. At the peak of his career, with WMC he had 14 mines, a processing plant, spray driers and a power station under his supervision as the Chief Engineer of Kambalda. They boy who started of as a trades assistant proved that anyone can make it to the top - and it those days it was possible.
    Willy goes on to describe he atmosphere he created in his company to encourage creativity in his team - "Lets have a go and if it does not work out - we put it to bed". 99% of the time it works - but if it does not - they try and solve the problem. A concern for him being the new generation being too afraid of making mistakes to think creatively and add value for the future. He misses the freedoms that he had back in his younger day but understands why we have so many rules in place now and their importance.
    With optimism for the industry of the future, Willy hopes that "old guys like him" are not pushed aside, and that they share their knowledge with the younger people and mentor them. He hopes that experience does not get washed away in the sands of time. 
    Who will be the Innovators of the digital age? We would love to know who's stories like Willy's will inspire so get in touch with us. 
    This episode was sponsored by our partners DaveyBikford Enaex

    • 15 min
    Kath Cutler: A Leader on a Geological Mission: Kathryn Cutler_Ep26 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Kath Cutler: A Leader on a Geological Mission: Kathryn Cutler_Ep26 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Kathryn Cutler 
    Passionate geologist and graduate from the WA School of Mines talks about her passion for mining and geology.

     

    • 9 min
    Wilshaw Engineering: The Ultimate Partnership_Ep25 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Wilshaw Engineering: The Ultimate Partnership_Ep25 WASM Alumni Podcast

    The ultimate partnership. Father and son.
    Willy Wilshaw founded Wilshaw  Engineering in 1988. Since the companies inception, Wilshaws has been a leading engineering consultancy to the mining and mineral processing industry. Founded on world class engineering rigor and family values, Willy now runs the business with his son, Noel. Both of them graduated from the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. Willy started studying at WASM in 1967 when the school had just started  expanding .
    Willy had studied part-time and worked in Kambalda before his biggest career highlight;  jumping from workshop  manager to the chief engineer’s position in the engineering drawing offices  in Kambalda;  from which he gained the skills to form Wilshaw engineering.
    Noel’s experience at the School of Mines was quite similar to his father’s. He originally wanted to do pharmacy but later found himself impressed by  some miners and decided to become a mining engineer. Noel had a great sense of achievement when he finished studying at the School of Mines, and always had the ambition to get involved in the family business; however, Willy found him distracted much of the time. With little experience, Noel didn’t know what the core business was, particularly with the underground infrastructure work. Noel worked for 12 years as a miner and mining engineer working his way to a  GM role onsite before he had the conversation with his family about his desires to grow the family business. After being knocked back once before he came back with a sales pitch Willy couldn’t refuse. After lots of convincing, Willy wrote him a job description and Noel started work.
    Their close and strong family relationship is a considerable factor to their success of the business.
    As for the succession planning they are working on it. Willy’s current role is giving advice regarding engineering drawings, designs, and calculations to get the work done to their clients at reasonable cost whilst Noel takes care of the day to day operations.
    Both Willy and Noel have played instrumental roles in the guidance, mentoring and inspiration of countless mining professionals – and for that we tip our hats to you both.

    • 12 min
    Graeme Stanway and Xavier Evans_Ep 24 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Graeme Stanway and Xavier Evans_Ep 24 WASM Alumni Podcast

    Graeme is one of the founders of State of Play and its parent company VCI. His current work focuses on understanding and advising on business strategy for the global resources industry at the nexus of economics, social and technology change. Graeme is based in Western Australia, travelling widely to support the development of strategies for most of the major mining companies over the past 15 years. A PhD in Engineering by training, Graeme has developed an industry-wide reputation as one of its leading thinkers.
    Xavier is the research manager for State of Play conducting much of the research, analysis and writing for State of Play publications. Xavier has experience in advising organisations on strategy, business model design and innovation, particularly with mining and utilities sectors. An economist and political scientist by training, Xavier has worked with a range of organisations aiming to catalyse innovation in the resources industry
    The Innovation: State of Play platform was initiated by VCI in 2012 to create a platform to support industry discussion of innovation and performance at a strategic level, macro-level insights into the industry ecosystem, and more effective strategy execution and business design for competitive advantage.
    Innovation: State of Play has undertaken 3 global surveys – 2013, 2015 and 2017. They also released the groundbreaking CEO Insights Report in 2016 of interviews with CEOs and Board members from the world’s leading mining companies.
    The link to participate in this non-profit survey can be found here. Contribute to the strategy forming material that State of Play produces so that our resources executives have as many perspectives as possible in making decisions about your future.
    https://stateofplay.org/survey-2018 
     

    • 14 min
    Rachel Cooke US Consul General Part 2_Ep23_WASM Alumni Podcast

    Rachel Cooke US Consul General Part 2_Ep23_WASM Alumni Podcast

    • 13 min

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