The AMMA team comprises highly experienced, talented people with a track record of active involvement and participation across the resource industry. We don’t just talk about it, we’re immersed in it.

 

AMMA Board

Richard Owen
Richard Owen
AMMA Board President

Richard Owen

ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd

Richard Owen graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1983, joining Esso Australia at the Longford Plants in Victoria. Following a number of engineering, operational and management assignments in Sale, Sydney and Melbourne, Richard moved to New Orleans, USA and was appointed as Operations Manager in 2001.

Following a number of leadership roles in Houston, Alaska and Germany, Richard was appointed to the position of President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Indonesia in 2011. Richard returned to Melbourne in 2013 when he was named Chairman of the ExxonMobil Australia. In 2019, Richard was appointed to the role of Upstream Business Development Executive for ExxonMobil.

Richard is the President of the Australian Resource and Energy Group (AMMA), and is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Richard is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Richard is married to Jennifer and they have two adult sons.
Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn
AMMA Vice President

Tom Quinn

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Broadspectrum

Prior to joining Broadspectrum, Tom Quinn was Group Vice President of Jacob’s North American Upstream and Midstream business in Canada, managing 7,000 employees.

His senior leadership experience includes Managing Director, Aker Solutions in Australia, and Director of Operations, Fluor Corporation.

Tom’s depth of experience globally includes working in engineering, construction and maintenance enterprises across the manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, food, and chemical industries. His expertise includes leading enterprises underpinned by sustainable and strategic decision-making, acute tactical planning and implementation, while influencing brand marketing and building strong customer relationships.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), a Master of Business Administration, is an Associate of the Melbourne Business School, and from 2010 to 2013 he was recognised as one of the top 100 engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.
Linda O'Farrell
Linda O'Farrell
AMMA Vice President

Linda O'Farrell

Group Manager Fortescue People - Fortescue Metals Group

Linda O’Farrell is a senior executive with extensive experience in the Western Australian resources sector. Linda has shaped people strategy for leading resource companies including Newcrest, BHP, Mount Gibson Iron and since 2013 has led the People and Infrastructure Services teams for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).

After gaining a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia, Linda commenced her career with CCIWA. Moving into the resources sector sparked her interest in leadership development, Aboriginal employment and building workplaces which support people and families.

In 2015 Linda was honoured to be awarded the CME Women in Resources Champion award and has continued to contribute to empowering women through her involvement with Dress for Success WA (2017) and Chief Executive Women. Linda joined the Board of the Australian Institute of Management WA in 2018.
Johnpaul Dimech
Johnpaul Dimech
AMMA Board Director

Johnpaul Dimech

Regional Chairman - Asia Pacific, Sodexo Services Asia

Johnpaul commenced his career with Sodexo in 1998 and from 2003 he worked extensively across Asia and acquired international experience in China, Singapore and India.

Johnpaul was born and educated in Australia and has held senior operational and executive roles in the services industry across the country.

Prior to returning home to Australia in 2009 to take up his current role, Johnpaul held the position of CEO Sodexo India where he was responsible for growing and diversifying the existing business while acquiring the largest competitor, positioning Sodexo as the clear market leader with 30,000 employees.

In addition to his role as CEO Mining Worldwide, Energy & Resources, Johnpaul is a Director of Serco Sodexo Defence Services Pty Ltd, Sodexo Remote Sites Pty Ltd, Sodexo Australia Pty Ltd, Sodexo New Zealand and a member of Sodexo's International Committee.

Sodexo is a global provider of on-site services solutions to the resources, defence, corporate, education and age care markets. It operates in 80 countries and has 380,000 employees worldwide.
Meg O'Neill
Meg O'Neill
AMMA Board Director

Meg O'Neill

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer - Woodside Energy

Meg O’Neill assumed her position at Woodside Energy in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.

Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Meg’s recent experience also includes her role as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation in 2016. And in 2014 to 2015, she was Vice President, Asia Pacific for ExxonMobil Production Company, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production business in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2012 to 2014, Meg was the Managing Director of the ExxonMobil and Esso companies in Norway, based in Stavanger, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, she was the President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Meg is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with degrees in Ocean and Chemical Engineering.
Francesca Lee
Francesca Lee
AMMA Board Director

Francesca Lee

General Counsel and Company Secretary - Newcrest Mining

BComm, LLB (Hons), LLM, Grad. Dip. CSP, AGIA

Francesca joined Newcrest as General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2014.

She was General Counsel and Company Secretary of OZ Minerals Limited from 2008 until 2014, and its antecedent companies from 2003. Francesca has more than 26 years’ experience working across various senior legal and commercial roles within the mining industry including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Limited and Comalco Limited, including as General Manager Internal Audit and Risk at Rio Tinto Limited. She also spent several years as Vice President Structured Finance with Citibank Limited. Francesca was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel from 2009 until March 2015.

AMMA Executive

Steve Knott AM
Steve Knott AM
Chief Executive
Fiona Chong
Fiona Chong
Chief Financial Officer
Tara Diamond
Tara Diamond
Director Operations
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Samantha Edmunds
Samantha Edmunds
Head of Member Services
Ben O'Brien
Ben O'Brien
Head of West Coast Workplace Relations
Tom Reid
Tom Reid
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Leyla Sandeman
Leyla Sandeman
Head of East Coast Workplace Relations

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