Value generation through innovation

Value generation through innovation

Oct 25
Bold leaders will share their vision on how Western Australia is at the forefront of innovation and development for the global resource sector.


Kerryl Bradshaw, Director Industry - Resource, Microsoft
Dan Hookham, Chief Innovation Officer – Level19, Velrada
Richard Marsh, Mining Sector Lead, ABB Australia
Vanessa Torres, Chief Technology Officer, South32

Event overview

McKinsey & Company research shows that there has been a global decline in mining productivity over the past decade, however digital technologies have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability, enhancing productivity, and protecting the bottom line.
Hand in hand, productivity and innovation give a competitive advantage to organisations driving value across the sector. As economist Paul Krugman put it: “productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run…it’s everything”.
Speakers will discuss how the resource sector is future proofing its collective prospects through innovation. How mining companies are integrating their innovation strategies throughout their organisations and how collaborative innovation across industries are creating greater business value.

Event presentations

Vanessa Torres, South32 MP3 | PDF

Richard Marsh, ABB Australia MP3 | PDF

Kerryl Bradshaw, Microsoft MP3 | PDF

Dan Hookham, Velrada MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Kerryl Bradshaw
Director Industry - Resource, Microsoft

Kerryl Bradshaw is an accomplished Western Australian Senior Executive and Business Leader of over 20 years, who has led businesses through significant change, across a number of industries, including Banking, Mining, Engineering and now Technology. She has maintained a keen interest in technology and innovation throughout her entire career, which has lead Kerryl to her current role; Director Resources Industry for Microsoft. An Executive role primarily responsible for assisting the Resource Industry achieve its goals through Digital Transformation. Kerryl also currently holds a board position on the newly formed Infrastructure WA.

Dan Hookham
Chief Innovation Officer – Level19, Velrada

Dan Hookham is Velrada’s Chief Innovation Officer and General Manager of the Level19 business within the Velrada Capital Group. Dan is tasked with working with established organisations, major platform partners, and start-ups to develop and market test potential technology solutions, then build and/or enhance teams. The ultimate focus of the Level19 business is taking these developed solutions to a global audience and post revenue, with a view to accelerated commercialisation. Dan has a background in data and artificial intelligence, formally as Executive Director with Velrada leading its national Data and AI business and delivering solutions to clients such as South32, AusPost, ARTC, BHP and Federal Government clients. Prior to joining Velrada Dan held Senior, data and technology, positions in NAB focused on advanced analytics in the wealth divisions.

Richard Marsh
Mining Sector Lead, ABB Australia

Richard Marsh leads ABB’s mining automation team in Western Australia. Richard has 30 years’ experience utilising latest technologies to improve business performance. His industry experience spans mining, oil & gas, utilities, along with liquor and wagering.

Richard was the foundation manager with Microsoft in WA then in NSW, gaining knowledge in how to facilitate exponential growth from a low market share to a global market dominant position within five years.

He has delivered significant technology projects in conjunction with major mining and banking industry companies.

Vanessa Torres
Chief Technology Officer, South32

Vanessa Torres joined South32 as Chief Technology Officer in August 2018, with overall accountability for technology, innovation and improvement, leading a multidisciplinary team deployment across all operations and functions within South32’s global footprint. Prior to joining South32, Vanessa held various senior roles within BHP and Vale.

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience spanning across three continents in operations, strategy, projects, business development and acquisitions within the resource industry. 

She is recognised by awards such as the "100 Women of Influence" (Australian Financial Review, 2012), 2017 Exceptional Australian Woman in Resources (WIRNA),  2013 and 2015 "Global Inspirational Women in Mining" (WIM-UK).

Vanessa is also a Board Member of Foodbank WA, as well as co-founder and main financial supporter of Projeto Colmeia – a NGO in Brazil that provides development activities for over 100 students per year, over the last 15 years.

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