Wednesday Presenters


Matt Gill

Former General Manager, Beaconsfield Mine

Matt is a mining engineer with over 35 years' experience.

He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked in roles ranging from an underground miner, supervisor, department head and site operations general manager, through to CEO and managing director, in Australia (Tasmania, WA, Victoria and NSW), Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia.

Matt holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat). He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008.

Matt has previously worked for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, Renison Goldfields, Placer Pacific, WMC and Rio Tinto, and is currently MD&CEO for ASX-listed White Rock Minerals.


Peter Ali

CEO, Municipal Works Australia

Peter Ali has spent most of his working life in the municipal works field.

Peter held the position of General Manager Infrastructure at the City of Whittlesea, located in Melbourne’s northern urban growth corridor, in which he oversaw a $40 Mill annual budget covering road maintenance, parks and open space, fleet, waste and facilities management.

Three years ago, he took up the position of CEO of the then Municipal Works Operations Association of Victoria (MWOA), which has now become Municipal Works Australia.


Jodie Aitken

WA Operations and Awareness Manager, Before You Dig Australia

Jodi has over 20 years of experience in Lands, HSE, Risk, Asset Safety Awareness and Regulatory Approvals across various industries. Jodi is an accredited Environmental Scientist and Work, Health and Safety professional with a wealth of industry and government experience.

Her work experience covers both the public and private sector. Since 2001, Jodi has provided consultation and contract services through her small consultancy company KD.1 Pty Ltd with a focus on linear infrastructure and associated assets through the provision of community and stakeholder consultation,  land tenure acquisition, HSE and Regulatory approvals through all phases of a project and asset development and operation. 

Since 2016, Jodi has been the Operations Manager in WA for Before You Dig Australia (formerly known as Dial Before You Dig) where she has been able to utilise her experience in risk management with a strong focus on minimisation of the potential for harm to employees and the public/community at large through all phases of an asset from planning, design, construction through to commissioning and operations and, at times, decommissioning.

Jodi is going to talk to you about the varying requirements and interests of public utility service providers which often leaves road service authorities, contractors and consultants with conflicting expectations with regard to new works and maintenance. This includes the revision to the UPSC Code of Practice for WA and the new features and opportunities within the Before you Dig Australia environment.


Shane Rakich

State Manager, Corporate Challenge

Shane is an engaging facilitator who thrives on being able to connect with his clients and peers. His passion is helping organisations create an environment that promotes growth, high performance and a clear vision for positive team culture.

Along with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and qualifications in training, assessment and sport’s coaching, Shane has 10 year’s experience leading and managing teams in the corporate and fitness industry.

Outside of the office Shane always wants to be the best version of himself and enjoys reading and researching holistic health or practising daily meditation.


Gretchen Lumsden R.N. Dip. Educ.

Institute of Weight and Life Management

Gretchen has over 40 years experience in the health industry.

She is a registered nurse who brings up to date clinical information to you with practical help for attendees. Her sessions are entertaining, lively and packed with powerful information to save lives and ensure a healthy workforce. Gretchen is in demand across Australia achieving remarkable health and lifestyle behaviour changes for executives, managerial staff and operational staff.

Gretchen has a unique and very natural style of presentation, which immediately captures the attention of her audience. Her knowledge of the subject is clearly that of a specialist and together with her skill as a presenter, results in a most professional presentation.


Fraser Ramsay

Director, South West Gateway Alliance

Fraser is a Civil Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the provision of contractor supplied services to the mining, civil engineering, and building industries.

Fraser is employed by Accinona and is responsible for the delivery of Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project as the South West Gateway Alliance Director.


Nicole Walton

Community and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, South West Gateway Alliance

Nicole has over 25 years’ experience in marketing, communications, engagement and corporate strategy roles.

Nicole is employed by Aurecon and is the Alliance Management Team member responsible for overseeing all community, stakeholder engagement and Aboriginal participation on the project.