The AWRA team comprises highly experienced, talented people with the passion for and a track record of active involvement in issues around Diversity and Inclusion in the resources, allied and related construction sectors. We don’t just talk about it, we’re immersed in it.

Steve Knott

Chief Executive
Steve Knott has been AMMA's Chief Executive since 1997. On behalf of resource industry employers in Australia, Steve leads AMMA's workforce lobbying efforts to government, opposition and other relevant stakeholders at state and federal government levels.

Steve also leads AMMA's extensive array of employment consulting services, incorporating employment and industrial relations specialists, AMMA's registered training organisation, human resource management consultants, migration agent services and employment survey specialists. These services are provided on a national basis to AMMA's extensive member network of mining, oil and gas and service related companies, from blue chip corporations to small businesses.

Working directly with employers, employees and relevant employee representatives, Steve assiduously advocates for employment legislation that gives employers and employees the freedom to enter into productive enterprise based working arrangements.

Prior to promotion to the Chief Executive role, Steve served two years as AMMA's West Australian manager and one year as Tasmanian AMMA manager. Before joining AMMA, he held senior management positions with the Hydro Electric Commission Tasmania including the roles of employee relations manager and human resources manager.

Steve is a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, the International Labour Advisory Committee, the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's General Council, and holds various other representative roles on behalf of AMMA.

He holds a post graduate diploma in business administration from Monash University and has professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, and is also a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Based: Melbourne Office
Phone: 03 9614 4777
Mobile: 03 9614 3970

Tara Diamond

Executive Director, Industry Services

As AMMA’s Executive Director Industry Services, Tara Diamond holds responsibility for a range of critical services and projects designed to meet the evolving workforce needs of AMMA members spanning the mining, oil and gas, and allied service sectors.

Since joining AMMA in 2011 following broad commercial business and specialist marketing roles with previous employers including Telstra and Vodafone UK, Tara has been instrumental in driving growth across the association.

She now oversees an enthusiastic team to deliver AMMA’s membership and corporate partnership model; media, marketing and communications activities; industry projects; and a full calendar of events including the annual AMMA Resource People National Conference and Industry Awards.

Tara also leads development of AMMA’s national initiative, the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA), which assists resource employers to build more gender diverse workforces.

Her experience in developing projects to meet the industry’s skills challenges also earned Tara a coveted position on both the Australian Government’s Australian Industry Skills Committee and the Vocational Education Advisory Board, guiding reform and implementation of new national vocational education and training (VET) policies.

Based: Brisbane Office
Phone: 07 3210 0313
Fax: 07 3210 0291

The AWRA Advisory Board (AAB) is comprised of senior and experienced human resources practitioners drawn from AMMA member and non-member companies in diverse areas of the resource industry.

The AAB’s objectives include:

  • Providing information on relevant updates within their organisations and in the industry;
  • Assisting in program development and improvement;
  • Assisting in setting priorities for the AWRA initiative, including participating in ongoing planning activities;
  • Advocating for the AWRA initiative; and
  • Facilitating cooperation and communication between AWRA and the wider community.
Liz Hansen
Liz Hansen
Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Anglo Coal
Anglo American
Kaye Butler
Kaye Butler
General Manager - Human Resources
Prof Bob Wood
Prof Bob Wood
Linda O'Farrell
Linda O'Farrell
Group Manager - Fortescue People
Steve Batterham
Steve Batterham
Manager Human Resources - Australia
Sharon Ridgway
Sharon Ridgway
Executive General Manager - People and Culture
Origin Energy
Joanne Fox
Joanne Fox
Chief HR Officer
Santos Limited
Val Madsen
Val Madsen
General Manager, Human Resources
St Barbara
Jacky Connolly
Jacky Connolly
VP People and Global Capability