West End Directors' Briefing: The Future Workforce

Thu 4 Jul 2019
5.40pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


KPMG - Perth
235 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA


Single Members: A$70.00 Non-members: A$85.00

Raleigh Finlayson

Raleigh Finlayson

Managing Director

Mr Raleigh Finlayson is a Mining Engineer with over 15 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both underground and open pit operations. Mr Finlayson commenced with Saracen Gold Mines as General Manager – Operations in February 2008 and has managed the timely completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and development of the Carosue Dam Operations in 2009. Mr Finlayson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2009 and managed all operational aspects of the business until he was appointed Managing Director in April 2013. During his time as Managing Director, Mr Finlayson has been responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of Saracen's second operating mine, the Thunderbox Gold Project.

Mr Finlayson previously held positions of Underground Manager for Panoramic Resources and various mining engineering roles with OceanaGold and Gold Fields. Mr Finlayson studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment, and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

James Arnott

James Arnott

Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG Australia

James is a Partner in KPMG’s Energy & Natural Resources Management Consulting team. Using his extensive experience in the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure sector, James has led and supported large-scale business transformations across the globe.

His knowledge and experience positions him well in dealing with C-Suite Executives, Executive Committees and Business Unit and Functional Leadership. His experience includes business process optimisation, business modelling, strategic cost take-out, strategy definition, shared services and new operating models.

James' consulting career has its heritage in change management related projects including performance design and development, organisational design, human capital and talent management transformation, and change journey navigation. His capabilities include technology, digital and outsourcing solutions with the energy and natural resources sectors. With more than 20 years of consulting experience, James is able to bring industry insights and pragmatic approaches to client issues.

The West End Series is back, curated by Raleigh Finlayson, Managing Director Saracen Mineral Holdings, and partnered with Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), together we will be sharing topical governance themes for midcap explorers and miners in 2019.

The second event in this years’ series is on The Future Workforce, ensuring a pipeline of talent for the future.

There have been significant changes in our workforces with changing expectations as well as changing workplaces. Mining has often been seen as cyclic which can mean we don’t attract and retain the right talent throughout each cycle. Mining related careers are not getting the same level of enrolments and interest that we have seen in the past.

In the next few years we will see seismic shifts in the workforce – both in leveraging from technology to change how we work and in working to attract from our entire community (diversity in all its forms) to come and work in our industry and others. Being in the front of the curve for driving these 2 shifts will enable us to have the right talent for our industry and support growing our state’s future workforce.

Raleigh will lead the expert panel to consider points such as:

  • How do we get women and indigenous peoples interested in STEMS careers?
  • Curtin executive education
  • Curriculum for the future
  • VET Industry
  • How do we attract millennials?

We look forward to seeing you at our second session in this series, and be sure to keep an eye out for the remaining session:

  • 19 September: Junior Miners – adding value to the state