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About Jamie Ross

Hi, my name is Jamie Ross.

I’m a mining engineer who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and I like to help people become more productive for themselves, and better leaders for those around them.

Facts about me.

  • 12 years in the mining industry and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.
  • Married with no kids, two horses, one dog.
  • Learnt my trade in the underground coal mines in Australia, and have since worked in lots of different types of mines and countries.
  • Have worked for BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Peabody Energy, Coffey Mining and GHD.
  • Have done work for Xstrata, HWE Mining, Rio Tinto, SME, AusIMM, and multiple Chinese coal companies.
  • I love travelling to China and working there, which all started when I was lucky enough to attend the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
  • Practical person who loves to learn about different types of leadership tools and models.  My mission is to translate these models into something practical the mining industry can really use.
  • Part-time hobby farmer and tractor driver.
  • Always looking forward to the next time I get to do a presentation, give a speech, or run a training course / workshop.

Skill Set.

  • Workshop facilitation
  • Training delivery
  • Public speaking and presentations
  • Team leadership and operations management
  • Mining engineering, mine planning
  • JORC reserve calculations and reporting
  • Small business marketing
  • Website development
  • Blogging and social media
  • Race car driving (seriously)
  • Mining engineering degree and MBA

Become my friend.

You can click here to check out my profile on LinkedIn, here to see my business website, or here to email me.  If you’re on twitter, I’m a twit too – my @theminingman profile is here.

Meet up.

I’ll be attending or presenting at the following events – make sure you come up and say hi:


  • October 28: Attending Melbourne Mining Dinner
  • November 17: Presenting a seminar on the impacts of the upcoming harmonisation of health and safety legislation on NSW coal mines – Singleton, NSW
  • November 24-25: NSW Minerals Council Safety Conference in Dubbo, NSW – Presenting keynote address – “The Future of Risk Management – Are we on the Wrong Track?”

My Safety and Risk Experience.

  • Twelve years experience working in mining operations and corporate functions, more recently consulting to mining companies for risk management and operational improvement projects
  • Conference presentations including “How Leadership can create an Enduring Safety Culture” and “Managing Fatal Hazards in the Mining Industry”
  • Risk Assessment workshop facilitation for Xstrata, Rio Tinto and other mining companies
  • Dragline critical risk review for Rio Tinto Coal Australia, including workshop faciliatation
  • Development of a OH&S Management system for an underground Chinese coal mine as part of the Australia-China Coal Mine Safety Project. Including running bi-lingual training workshops for the Chinese mine staff
  • Development of Major Hazard Management Plans and safe work procedures for mining operations
  • Development and implementation of peer-on-peer safe behaviour observations

Leadership and Productivity Experience.

  • Developed and delivered one day seminar – “Productivity Tools for New Mining Leaders”
  • Author of more than 80 leadership, safety and personal productivity articles on
  • Operational leadership, continuous improvement, and senior mining engineer roles with Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy
  • Continuous Improvement Manager leading and participating in organisational transformation projects

Mining Engineering.

  • Technical evaluation of three operating underground coal mines in northern China for Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing. Including risk assessments, technical review, and financial modelling
  • Competent person for JORC Reserve reporting for underground coal operations including BHP Billiton, Waratah Coal / China First, and Fushan International Holdings

Professional Associations.

  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
    • Health and Safety Committee Member
    • Mining Society Vice-Chairman

Language Skills.

  • Basic Mandarin conversational skills


Head over to the about page on to see some of my recent published papers and magazine articles.

Click here to see my YouTube page with some videos of presentations I’ve given.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2012 10:38 pm

    Hello Jamie,
    I stumbled across your website when googling mine – Jamie Ross Mackenzie dot com dot au – I guess there is a few coincidences being a fair contingent of mining engineers in the Mackeznie clan and mixing professional work with farming.
    The ‘Ross’ in my name eminates from Tain Scotland via Melbourne in 1853 as the first Mrs Mackenzie was a former Miss Margaret Ross.
    Anyway – they invented these boxes for comments, so apologies for intrusion of privacy and best wishes for your website…. Regards from Jamie R. Mackenzie

    • March 11, 2012 1:42 pm

      Hi Jamie.
      Great to hear from you, and certainly a few similarities in our backgrounds there! Had a quick look at your website, looks great. All the best for the upcoming council elections.

      I think the Mackenzie and Ross names have connections quite a way back? I’m only a second generation Ross in Australia, my father was born and lived in Glasgow before moving to Aus in the 70’s.

      Cheers, all the best.

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