Event held on Wednesday 16 November 2011
Hilton Hotel
Brisbane, QLD 4000

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Our Expert Panel of Speakers

The Hon. Peter Beattie:

The Hon. Peter Beattie has been appointed as Australia's first Federal Resources Sector Supplier Envoy charged with working as part of the Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative for suppliers to the resources market. Mr. Beattie is a former Premier of Queensland. Mr. Beattie graduated with a law degree from the University of Queensland, earned a Master of Arts degree from Queensland University of Technology, and then entered the legal practice. In 2003 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Queensland "in recognition of his leadership and commitment to higher education through Smart State initiatives and his support for research in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology".

He was state secretary of the Railway Station Officers Union in the 1970's and later became involved in efforts to reform the state branch of the party. In 1981 he became state secretary of the ALP and in December 1989 was elected to State Parliament as the member for Brisbane Central when the Goss Labor Government came to power. Mr. Beattie was elected as party leader in 1996 after Labor lost power and lead the party back into office in 1998. Mr. Beattie has written two books, "In the Arena" and "The Year of the Dangerous Ones".

Alan J. Broome, AM:

Alan J. Broome, AM is currently Chairman of the Australian mining equipment and services export association, Austmine.

Mr. Broome also serves as a director for a number of Australian mining technology companies, was Chairman of the previous Australian Government Action Agenda promoting mining technology, and Deputy Chairman of the world's largest Internet based mining procurement company. Mr Broome is also the Non-Executive Chairman of a number of ASX listed companies including Buccaneer Energy, Endocoal, and Nimrodel Resources and was previously the Managing Director of the Australian Coal Industry Research Laboratories.

Mr. Broome is highly regarded as a business leader and strategic thinker in the mining industry. He brings over 20 years experience in the secondary metals industry as a metallurgist and 20 years experience in the mining industry. He comes from an extensive background in metal casting and steel production before joining the mining industry as managing director of a major Australian Coal industry owned group.

Mr. Broome’s extensive knowledge and experience of the mining industry has been accumulated through his heavy involvement with mining technology companies, government agencies and major international mining companies in promoting Australian mining and developing global trade. For more than 25 years Mr. Broome has made important contributions to the development of the Australian mining supply sector, including leadership of research activities, export development, commercialisation of innovation, assistance to companies to harness e-business processes and advice to government organisations on the development of Australia's mining equipment, services and technology sector. In 1999, Mr. Broome was awarded the Westpac export award for mining and in 2000, the Order of Australia (AM) for services to mining. In 2005 Alan also received the Aus IMM Presidents Award.

Karen Read:

Karen Read currently holds the title of General Manager Finance and Administration, Xstrata Copper North Queensland Division.

During the last 25 years Ms. Read has held various finance positions with exploration, petroleum, base metals marketing. Mount Isa Mines, corporate tax and treasury, the mining division and Minera Alumbrera in Argentina. Ms. Read completed her CPA program at the University of Southern Queensland more than 15 years ago and previously also studied at the James Cook University.

Following the takeover by Xstrata of MIM in June 2003 Ms. Read again returned to Argentina undertaking the role of General Manager Finance for South America. In March 2004 Ms. Read returned to Australia and Mount Isa as General Manager Finance and Commercial for the North Queensland Division of Xstrata Copper including the Mount Isa Copper operations, Ernest Henry Mining, Copper Smelter and Refinery and the Townsville Port operations. In early 2009 Ms. Read moved into General Manager Business Planning and Reporting for Xstrata Copper. After two years in this global role, Ms. Read returned to Mount Isa into the role of General Manager Finance and Administration managing the Finance, Shared Services, IT and Business Systems, Supply and Contracts and Continuous Improvement functions for the North Queensland Division.

Ms. Read holds directorships of various Xstrata companies including the Chairmanship of Northern Stevedoring Services and is a director of Mount Isa Water Board. In 2006 Ms. Read also rejoined the Queensland Country Credit Union Board as a director, and board of Queensland Country Health.

Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan is currently the Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Lima.

Mr. Sullivan arrived into Lima in June 2009 to begin his assignment as Consul General at the Austrade-managed Australian Consulate- General. In addition to managing the trade development team, Daniel was responsible for consular activities and broader representation within Peru. With the recent establishment of the Australian embassy in Lima, Daniel has transitioned into the role of Trade Commissioner responsible for the Australian government’s commercial activities in Peru as well as Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Daniel is also the team leader for Mining and Resources within Latin American.

Prior to this role, Mr. Sullivan was Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for managing the commercial trade team in the post. The team is involved in helping Australian industry succeed in the areas of government contracting, homeland security, food safety and Biotech.

He was initially recruited in 2004 by the Australian Trade Commission to implement the Government Procurement chapter of the Australia United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

Mr. Sullivan graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Melbourne Business School in 2003. Daniel has a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.