Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Paul Dowd, Chairman of the peak resources workforce and skills industry body, the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA), announced today that the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill has endorsed the appointment of Senior Brisbane based Thiess Executive Michael Wright to the RESA Board.

Michael is the Executive General Manager of Thiess' Australian Mining business, where he proudly leads a strong team of mining professionals and attended his first RESA board meeting yesterday.

With qualifications in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Engineering, Michael has 24 years of experience across a range of disciplines, including mining, civil engineering, contaminated land remediation, telecommunications and utilities. Career highlights include securing and overseeing multi-billion dollar mining services contracts in Australia, establishing the Leighton Asia mining business in Mongolia, and restructuring and growing the Thiess Services business into a $1 billion multidisciplinary services company.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael to the RESA Board and look forward to his input and industry insight," said RESA Chairman Paul Dowd.

"RESA is governed by a Board of Directors including senior executives from major resource companies and related industry organisations in Australia, as well as senior SA government executives," explained Mr Dowd.

Michael moved into his current role overseeing Thiess' Australian Mining business in 2011, cementing his reputation as an innovative leader with a demonstrated capacity to manage and improve businesses and projects.  Michael spends considerable time engaged with Oz Minerals and his site team, striving to improve the mining operations at Prominent Hill in South Australia. He is a frequent visitor to site and is proud of the diversity achievements, where more than 18% of Thiess' 600+ people are indigenous, and more than 14% are women.

Michael and his wife live in Brisbane with their four children, and enjoy spending time together outdoors in their spare time.  

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Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance

The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) was established in mid-2007 to develop and deliver innovative responses to meet the current and future workforce and skills demands of the Resources sector in South Australia.

RESA works closely with:
  • Industry bodies
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Training organisations
  • Councils, and
  • Suppliers
We identify the gaps in the skilled workforce in the resources sector and find ways to fill them by conducting programs that provide skills and training opportunities and encourage new workers into the resources sector.

By conducting programs that provide skills and training opportunities; we aim to retain existing workers and encourage new employees into the resources sector.

RESA also completes research, contributes to policy development and facilitates, brokers and manages the delivery of projects to increase the number of skilled people in the sector.
Phil de Courcey
P: 08 7325 8507
M: 0423791460


Mining Thiess RESA



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