Leadership

Proven performance. Depth of experience. Integrity in delivery.

We have an exceptional team of people with excellent interpersonal skills, technical capability and strong industry knowledge. Our experience is our foundation and nothing motivates us more than applying this experience in innovative ways to meet the challenges of our clients. We believe strongly in the professional satisfaction that comes from a successful project and the personal fulfillment from learning and developing lasting relationships through the work we do.

Peter Blecher Founder and Managing Principal (Victoria)

Backed by 30 years experience spanning Tier 1 firms, management consulting, software development start-ups and academic research, Peter has held advisory and strategy leadership roles for various divisions of BHPB, MMG, BMA Coal and Coles Myer. Peter's focus is strategy, organisational and cultural change, executive communication and program delivery, bringing a wealth of insight, pragmatism and strategic frameworks. Prior to forming BEDROCKmg, Peter was a Director with KPMG Consulting in Australia and Europe and led collaborative research on Decision Support Systems with Monash University. Peter has a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University and a Master of Information Systems from Monash University.

Dr Gus Ferguson CTO and Enterprise Architecture Practice Lead (Victoria)

Gus is a highly experienced Technologist and Enterprise Architect having worked for BHP Billiton in a number of roles over 20 years, including ten years as Chief IT Technologist. Gus is a qualified geologist (with a PhD) and has held other senior IT positions, including Regional IT Architect at General Motors and Dimension Data’s Consulting Practice prior to joining BEDROCKmg. Gus has over 25 years in the IT and Resources industries, ranging from technical computing, communications, infrastructure strategy, strategic planning and Enterprise Architecture.

Chris Mahoney Processing Systems Practice Lead (Queensland)

Chris is the BEDROCKmg Processing Systems Practice Lead and a member of the BEDROCKmg leadership team since 2003. Chris has over 15 years in mining and has held GM roles with Western Mining Corporation (WMC). Chris brings practical business process and organisational culture knowledge acquired through senior roles with WMC, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and WICET. Chris has intimate knowledge of the business and IT dimensions of Processing, Maintenance, Production Control Systems, Laboratory Systems and Workforce Management Solutions which have enabled delivery of projects at both the Strategic and Tactical level for both simple and complex site requirements. His clients include BHP Billiton, Bluescope Steel, BMA Coal, MMG, Glencore, Oil Search, DBCT and WICET.

Sarah Wheeler Automation & Fleet Management (FutureTech) Practice Lead (Queensland)

Sarah is a mining engineer with a focus on mining industry automation and its organizational implications. She has extensive global experience with open pit and underground operations and a detailed knowledge of autonomous solutions including those currently under R&D. She has conducted detailed Operational Readiness Assessments for the implementation of autonomous and enabling technologies with Tier 1 mining operations, defining technology roadmaps and developing implementation and change management strategies. Sarah’s background enables her to effectively bridge the gap between solution vendors and the mining companies their technologies serve. Her professional background includes roles with Hitachi, GoldFields, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Sarah has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Hons at UNSW, a Diploma of Communications (ASCA) and has on-going involvement with MassMin, GMSG and ISO Automation Standards groups. She is a board member of the AusIMM Education Endowment Fund and serves an ongoing role as mentor and speaker for Women in Mining and Engineering. She is an on-going representative and speaker at conferences including AIMEX, CIM, Optimising Mine Operations Conference, WMC World Mining Congress, Mine Automation and Communications Conference and MinExpo.

Tony Mulholland Mining Systems Practice and Europe and North America Practice Lead (United Kingdom)

Tony has over 30 years experience in industry transforming strategic advisory, operational and solution development roles across the Resources sector. Prior to joining BEDROCKmg, Tony occupied roles as GM Strategy, Architecture and Planning and head of Operational Systems at BHP Billiton’s BMA Coal. He has been an industry leader in area operational systems and process improvement with key “Owners Team” roles with MMG, BHP Manganese, BMA Coal, BHP's Olympic Dam Expansion Project, WICET, Oceana Gold, Newcrest and Telstra.

Tony is a proven industry innovator, with extensive organisational and technical knowledge across the mining value chain spanning processing, fleet and operational management, mine planning, met accounting, operational reporting and health and safety. He has applied this knowledge through leadership roles in the development of widely used Mining Functional Reference Models and through contribution to the Open Group’s EMMM standards. Tony has a Bachelor of Business (IT) with Accounting and Management Minors – (La Trobe University).

Terry Lyell WorkPlace Synergy & Project Management Practice Lead (Western Australia)

Backed by 20 years of experience, Terry specialises in Workplace Transformation, Business Communication and Project & Program Delivery. Terry is a senior IT Consultant and Project Manager who has managed major industry transforming projects in the Australian Mining and Energy sectors. With extensive experience with KPMG, BHP and BEDROCKmg, Terry background covers projects involving complex stakeholder relationships, highly distributed teams and tight delivery timelines.

Wally Richards Founder and Managing Principal ( African Operations), Mining Processes Practice Lead (South Africa)

Wally is the founder and the Managing Principal for our African operations. With a Masters in Mining Engineering , Wally has extensive experience in mineral asset optimisation across the mining value chain and has a track record in mentoring and coaching roles in both the South African and Australian mining industries on ‘best practice’ processes. Wally's speciality is in the key value drivers derived from integrated mineral resource management. He has been responsible for breakthrough successes in multiple Tier 1 multinational mining companies, holding senior mine planning positions over a 20 year period within the gold, coal and platinum sectors. He is author and co-author to several technical papers published on the Mining Planning Process. Wally and his South African consulting team brings over 20 years experience and insights on mining process optimisation across Exploration, Development, Mining, Logistics and Distribution. The integration of South African “Tomahee” and Australian “BEDROCKmg” into a united entity was executed in 2007, harnessing the collective knowledge of two organisation across mining process optimisation and resource sector IT&C expertise resulting in a truly unique combination of capabilities.