2020 resources update

2020 resources update

Apr 8
The resources sector is a vital part of Australia’s economy but is facing many challenges as a result of COVID-19. Through this interactive livestream, hear from resource sector leaders on how they are navigating current disruptions to supply chains, markets and their workforce.
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Amanda Lacaze, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation
Robert Carruthers, Director – Policy and Advocacy, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
Christopher Reed, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Neometals
Nicholas Creed, Partner, Allens

Event Overview

In addition to discussing the current disruptions the sector faces, speakers will also explore:
  • How the sector is working with government to ensure business continuity;
  • How innovation and collaboration will be critical to the sector’s ability to navigate the changing operating environment; and
  • As we move to recovery, what will be needed to embrace post crisis opportunities.  
Lynas Corporation is the world’s second largest producer of rare earth minerals, and this event will include a keynote from Managing Director, Amanda Lacaze on how she is steering the company through the challenges in the minerals market. In addition, the livestream will feature an interactive panel discussion with Neometals, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Reed and The Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Robert Carruthers.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 1.30pm
QLD: 2.00pm
WA: 12.00pm

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details email


Meet the keynote speaker

Amanda Lacaze
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation

Amanda Lacaze is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lynas Corporation. She brings more than 25 years of senior operational experience to Lynas, including as Chief Executive Officer of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications and Chief Executive Officer of AOL. Prior to that, Ms Lacaze was Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra and held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot). Ms Lacaze's early experience was in consumer goods with Nestle. Ms Lacaze is currently a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank Australia Ltd and is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Meet the panel

Robert Carruthers
Director – Policy and Advocacy, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Robert Carruthers joined the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA in March 2019 as Director, Policy and Advocacy. He has held numerous senior corporate affairs positions in the resource sector for over a decade, including overseeing significant capital project developments, organisational transformations and public campaigns across multiple commodity portfolios.

Christopher Reed
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Neometals

Chris started in the mining industry in 1990 and co-founded Reed Resources in 2001. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Notre Dame and a Graduate Certificate in Mineral Economics from WA School of Mines. He is a Member of the AusIMM and immediate past Vice-President of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

Meet the facilitator

Nicholas Creed
Partner, Allens

Nicholas specialises in property and general corporate finance, the financing of resources, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, telecommunications finance, corporate treasury activities, public / private partnerships and complex, cross-border financings. He has particular expertise and experience acting for Asian (particularly PRC) financiers funding projects in Australia, South East Asia and Africa. He has specialist expertise in trade finance, having taught trade finance at postgraduate level. Nicholas’ experience includes significant and cross border insolvency and restructurings, as well as volume insolvencies. He is consistently highly ranked in Chambers Guides and other authoritative guides to the legal profession. He is listed by Best Lawyers in the areas of Asset Finance, Banking and Finance Law, Debt Capital Markets, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Project Finance and Development, Structured Finance, and is listed as 'Best Lawyer of the year' in Asset finance Law 2020. Nicholas is also ranked as 'Preeminent' Banking and Finance lawyer in Western Australia by Doyles' Guide.

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