The Board was established as a result of the Pike River Royal Commission and is responsible for setting and examining the competencies required of supervisors and managers looking to achieve Certificates of Competence in the extractives industry.
Marianne says her involvement with the Board stems from a passion for Health & Safety in the industry.
“I have been involved in serious incidents in our industry and I want to get the message out that it’s possible to keep people safe and have strong production and profitability as a business,” she says. “There does not need to be a tension between production and safety if the job is set up and managed properly.”
I wanted to bring my learnings from working in the Australian mining industry to NZ and contribute the H&S culture here.
Marianne has over 20 years’ experience in the NZ and Australia mining industries across a range of commodities and mines, including underground metal mines, open cut coal mines and consulting for sand mining, quarrying and civil earthworks operations.
Being strong in maths and interested in geology, and with a State Coal Mines Scholarship under her belt, she began her career with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining from the University of Auckland. Her early experience in Mining Engineer roles and working alongside expert witnesses in mining litigation led to an interest in law, which she pursued at the Queensland University of Technology. Her First Class Honours Degree in Law has helped her develop a strengthened commercial and compliance understanding which has come in useful in her more recent roles in the mining and now civil construction industries.
Marianne has detailed understanding of, and practical capability in, underground metal mining operations including drill and blast, heading development and stope production, and has held roles involving statutory mine management, risk management, mine design and planning, ventilation, drill and blast design, production, feasibility studies, dewatering, operations start up, cost control, logistics, environmental management and compliance.
Most recently, she has been responsible for leading the McConnell Dowell team working on the Sumner Rd Geotechnical Remediation project in Christchurch.