General Manager, Operations
Energy Resources of Australia
Lesley’s current role is General Manager Operations at ERA’s Ranger Uranium Mine, Jabiru. Having been at Ranger for two years, Lesley has accountability for both the current day-to-day operation, as well as the progressive rehabilitation and closure.
Lesley has worked in the Rio Tinto Group for 14 years in various product groups including Aluminium, Shared Services, Diamonds, and Uranium. She also has a B Eng (Hons) Electronics from Glasgow Caledonian University.
How long have you been a member of Engineers Australia?
I have been a member of Engineers Australia for a year now.
Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
I was interested in science subjects at school and pursued a career in electronics as this was quite a big industry in the West Coast of Scotland at the time.
How can Australian communities/people/society benefit from your work now and in the future?
I am currently the General Manager Operations for ERA at the Ranger Uranium Mine and my role includes the accountability for the closure of the mine to a standard that allows the area to be incorporated into the adjacent Kakadu National Park.
What is the most challenging or interesting project you’ve ever worked on?
My current role, which is leadership based in the mining industry, is amazing. I get to work with great people and be involved in the rehabilitation of a mine site.
What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession?
Attracting new engineers into the profession and making it an exciting pathway. Diversity is still a big issue in engineering, specifically gender imbalance. There is more than one way to catch a fish!
What excites you about the future of the profession or what opportunities do you see for the future?
For me, it would have to be the rapid growth rate of technology and how fast things change.
In mining specifically, the standard mining and mechanical engineers we are recruiting for currently will start to shift more towards hiring professionals in the mechatronics, electronics and automation fields.
Who is your engineering hero?
I think it would have to be engineer and inventor, Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor of the telephone.
Image: courtesy of Lesley Bryce