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Webinar: Global Tailings Standard

An update on the recently-launched Global Tailings Standard and to discuss what the Standard means for mining companies and professionals.

The live session concluded on Friday 4 September, 2020. The recording will sent to registrants on Friday 11 September 2020.

Register now for the recording 


Price: Free for Members of the AusIMM and GMPA

Non Members, $20.00 AUD

(+ GST for Australian based participants)

Webinar Overview: 


The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was launched on 5 August by the United Nations Environment Programme, Principles for Responsible Investment and International Council on Mining and Metals.

AusIMM is pleased to host a webinar to provide cross-industry perspectives on the Standard, with a particular focus on understanding how mining professionals and companies can be further supported to reach the goal of “zero harm to people and the environment with zero tolerance for human fatality”. There will be time for Q&A during the session.


Janine Herzig
AusIMM President 

Janine has 30 years’ experience in the resources industry, encompassing executive management, consulting, technical and production roles, across base metals, uranium, precious metals and industrial minerals. With a BEng (Mineral Processing) Janine has worked on many regional and remote sites around Australia before establishing a consultancy in 2009. After 6 years as a Director of AusIMM Janine was elected as the Board Chair and President for 2019 and 2020.


Kate Sommerville
General Manager Legacy Assets, BHP

Kate has responsibility for 24 closed mines across USA and Canada, a team of 200 including contractors. This includes 108 dams in 24 different facilities. The goal is safe, stable closure and to reduce risk through characterisation and remediation. Kate has over 27 years’ in the mining industry with a depth of experience in open cut and underground operations. Prior to this role Kate was Vice President Mining for Gold Fields  – where she had functional and strategic oversight of assets in Ghana, South Africa, Australia, Peru and Chile.  She has also served 6 years as Director for the AusIMM.


Professor David Williams
Professor and Director of Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland; Manager, Large Open Pit Project

David has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular. Professor Williams was a member of an Expert Panel investigating technical causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida. Professor Williams is currently involved in the Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an update in 2019.


Richard Butcher
Executive Vice President: Technical, Gold Fields 

Richard has 30 years’ experience in gold mining, obtained globally in companies that include Gencor, Anglo-American and Barrick. He was previously Head of Technical Services at MMG, the overseas arm of the Chinese CMC/CMN Corporation. This position involves being discipline head for all Technical functions, long-term planning and closure for the Group’s operations in Australasia, Africa and South America.

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