Our handpicked consulting team is qualified across a wide range of disciplines including marketing, journalism, communications, investor relations, law, business and graphic design.

Our team understands how the resources industry works, with many team members possessing previous experience in the mining and energy sector.

The knowledge of our experienced team ensures Platform delivers a comprehensive range of communication services to many of Australia’s leading mining and energy companies in addition to the companies servicing the industry.

Consultants

Kirsty Danby

Kirsty Danby

Director

Our Principal Consultant, Kirsty has 16 years’ experience in the corporate communications and public relations arenas. Kirsty has worked as an in-house consultant for BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy and Alcoa. She provides strategic communications and issues management advice to our clients, who often consider her an extension to their in-house team. Kirsty’s grasp of strategic communications concepts, combined with her personable manner, ensure the smooth running of all communications programs at Platform.

Lynda Rovis-Hermann

Lynda Rovis-Hermann

Associate Director

Lynda is a senior communications professional with significant experience in the Western Australian resources sector. Lynda has provided high level strategic advice and counsel to executive and non-executive board members, CEO’s, executive management and project teams for a range of ASX-listed and private companies, state government agencies and small to medium enterprises across the mining and oil & gas sectors. Her experience includes working both in-house and as a consultant for organisations such as Newmont, WorleyParsons, Hess Australia, Woodside and Barminco Mining Services.

Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson

Associate Director

Tony is a senior corporate affairs practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience in management and advisory roles in the oil and gas, mining and banking sectors.
He has held senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles at South32, Woodside Energy, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and Bankwest, and more recently has provided consulting services to medium-to-large oil and gas developers and operators in the areas of government, community and media relations.
Tony is quick to understand situational context and applies a business-focused approach to managing public risks and issues. He is a strategic and analytical thinker with an eye for fit-for-purpose communications solutions.

Lisa Holland-McNair

Lisa Holland-McNair

Associate Director

Known for thinking outside the box, Lisa cuts straight to the core of any issue to explore often unthought-of solutions with an independent, non-biased approach. Her 30-year career has led her to specialise in creative storytelling, developing and implementing new narratives, reinvigorating stakeholder relationships, strengthening social investment partnerships and working with Indigenous Australians.
Lisa has worked in-house for State environmental and resource government agencies, The West Australian newspaper, Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation and large mining companies including WMC Resources and Rio Tinto. Lisa has also supported existing teams to implement creative and strategic communication solutions at Argyle Diamonds, Woodside, Alcoa, Catholic Education WA, DOME, WAGPET and Edith Cowan University.
An author and publisher, Lisa writes non-fiction books aimed at educating Australians about important social issues.

Matthew Coomber

Matthew Coomber

Associate Director

Matt is a communications professional with 30 years’ experience in stakeholder relations in the resources and oil and gas sectors. Following management roles with the State Government and Rio Tinto, he has provided in-house advice and consultancy to ASX-listed clients including Quadrant Energy, BHP, Newmont, Resolute and Rio Tinto, and worked in the emerging lithium sector. A qualified construction engineer and technical journalist, his broad experience in building and maintaining strategic stakeholder engagement is underpinned by strong technical writing and editing skills.

Leanne Mizen

Leanne Mizen

Manager

Our Manager, Leanne has more than 16 years’ accounting experience including tenures with Rio Tinto and Dampier Salt. She has worked with Platform from the very beginning and keeps a watchful eye on financial performance as our company continues to grow.

Chris Manly

Chris Manly

Media Manager

Journalist and communications specialist with more than 25 years’ experience in Perth and London. Editor of thewest.com.au from 2009 to 2016 and was part of a team that produced several award-winning digital presentations. Covered major international stories from London as European Correspondent for News Ltd. Through Chris’ extensive experience he has developed significant digital and traditional media experience, including as a website editor for seven years in the State’s biggest newsroom as well as experience in strategic planning and project management to meet organisational objectives.

Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan

Media Training Consultant

Tim is a media professional with a wealth of experience across television, radio and digital platforms. Tim anchored Nine Perth’s weeknight news for five years and launched Perth’s first live and local morning bulletins, Today Perth News. Tim is an experienced MC and facilitator and currently works in radio and on several new media projects. As a journalist himself, Tim has a comprehensive understanding of how the media operates and what motivates journalists.

Tracey Cook

Tracey Cook

Senior Communications Consultant

Tracey has more than 10 years’ experience in the media industry, specialising in business journalism, and has worked for The West Australian, Financial Times Business in London and WA Business News. In recent years she has crossed over into corporate communications and managed a monthly newsletter for BHP Billiton’s $8 billion expansion of Worsley Alumina Refinery. She brings a combination of writing experience, business knowledge and project management skills to her Senior Communications Consultant role at Platform.

Joanna Sharma

Joanna Sharma

Social Media Specialist

Jo has over 10 years digital marketing experience, from both the UK and Sydney markets. Jo has designed and implemented successful digital and social media strategies, which drove significant reach, engagement and conversion to achieve KPIs.
Jo has built one of Australia’s largest, senior, professional community groups on LinkedIn.Through careful strategic planning and good project governance, Jo has launched and grown multiple director social media communities.
Jo has provided high-level strategic advice to boards and directors to assist with their approach to social media and digital strategy.

Pips Woodhouse

Pips Woodhouse

Marketing Consultant

Pips a marketing specialist with over 25 years of marketing, branding and communications experience, the last decade of which has been in the resources industry, globally.
Pips uses her extensive industry knowledge to create relevant content that plays a key role in any marketing strategy through both digital and traditional media. She believes that the right mix of owned, earned and paid for digital content, well researched, well written and well managed has the potential to influence across the globe and at every level, and plays a key role in brand development, visibility and recognition. She understands the importance of creating a strong and relevant brand that encompasses the right image and values while adhering to a comprehensive brand strategy.
Prior to joining Platform, Pips worked for a range of leading global mining service providers including Imdex, Ausenco, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and Remote Control Technologies (RCT).
Pips has a creative approach to her work. She enjoys engaging with clients in the resources sector to develop the right marketing and communications approach to meet their specific goals.

Candice Abbas

Candice Abbas

Senior Consultant

Candice is a strategic communications professional with more than 10 years’ experience providing communications support and advice to project teams, Executive Management and CEO’s. She has managed a broad range of communications initiatives, from major corporate rebrands to grass roots employee engagement efforts, and from crisis communications response to end-to-end event management.
Candice has worked both in house and as a contractor for large resource and mining services providers, including Alcoa, CITIC Pacific Mining, Synergy, MMG (Golden Grove) John Holland, Ausdrill and CFC Group. She has a unique insight into the internal communications issues faced by FIFO employees and contractors after spending time working onsite as the Communications Manager in the Mid West and Pilbara regions.
She has a deep understanding of stakeholder needs and the issues facing the resources sector. She knows how to effectively deliver valuable outcomes for our clients to enhance the reputations of and build advocates for their organisations.

Beth Ferguson

Beth Ferguson

Senior Consultant

Beth is a versatile journalist and communications professional who works with mining and industrial organisations to strengthen their connections to employees and communities, through strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and the creation of publications, videos and large-scale graphics.
Through two decades running Main Event Media, Beth has gained an extensive knowledge of the Western Australian economy and developed long-term relationships with organisations including Worsley Alumina, Wespine, Simcoa Operations, Premier Coal and the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She has worked in newspapers and radio, designed websites and spent seven years contracting to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as Communications Manager for the South West Hub Carbon Capture and Storage Project – an investigation into a low emission technology option for industry.
Beth is an active volunteer on not-for-profit boards and will travel to distant galleries in search of great art.

Jane Coole

Jane Coole

Stakeholder and Communications Advisor

Jane brings to the Platform team over thirty years’ experience providing strategic leadership, advice and outcomes to the government, corporate and community sector, particularly relating to regional education and workforce issues. She delivers strong partnerships with constructive outcomes, including analysis of risk and opportunities. Jane has substantial experience in reputational risk management through consultation and stakeholder engagement. She has an excellent understanding and networks within the resources and agriculture sector and long-standing experience and networks in regional development.

Mark Colin-Thome

Mark Colin-Thome

Public Relations Officer

Mark joined us as a Public Relations Officer after completing a three-month internship with Platform and is currently finishing off his final semester at ECU where he is completing a Bachelor of Media and Communications. Prior to his time at Platform, Mark has gained experience in event management, social media, creative writing and corporate communications.
He has advanced his communication and event management skillsets whilst working on events such as the Heritage Perth Weekend, the Hyde Park Fair and various corporate seminars for the Committee of the Economic Development of Australia. Mark has also been an active member of the Public Relations Student Chapter of ECU where he developed internal and external newsletters as well as coordinated numerous university events.
Mark’s understanding of the communications profession has allowed him to seamlessly shift into the resources industry where he works to provide unparalleled service to clients.

Design

Sandy Jurewicz

Sandy Jurewicz

Creative

With a high level of attention to detail, Sandy has the ability to creatively convey ideas through text and image. Sandy is an important member of the Platform team and is an excellent project manager, regularly managing design tasks from start to finish.
Sandy has extensive experience across all aspects of design including websites, booths, presentations, brand and logo creation, image manipulation, digital, annual reports, corporate communication and event collateral.
Sandy has worked for a number of clients across various industries including resources, engineering, agricultural and land and realestate.

Sarah Upravan

Sarah Upravan

Creative

Graphic Designer Sarah possesses an eye for detail and superb organisational skills. She excels in Platform’s fast-paced design environment where she manages print and production specifications timelines and deadlines to ensure timely and accurate delivery. Sarah has worked across clients such as BHP Billiton, Atlas Iron, Curtin University and Newmont Mining Corporation.

Richard Keenan

Richard Keenan

Creative

Richard has 20 years experience in the creative industries - as graphic designer, art director, creative director and producer of marketing campaigns, branded content and TV commercials.