State of Play Team

Chair

Graeme Stanway

principal

Paul Mahoney


Research manager

Xavier Evans


project manager

Madi Ratcliffe

Principal

Michelle Keegan

Research Analyst

Conor McLaughlin

Chair

Graeme Stanway

Graeme founded State of Play in 2012. His current work focuses on understanding and advising on business strategy for the global resources industry at the nexus of economics, social and technology change. Graeme is based in Western Australia, travelling widely to support the development of strategies for most of the major mining companies over the past 15 years. A PhD in Engineering by training, Graeme has developed an industry-wide reputation as one of its leading thinkers.

PrincipaL

Paul Mahoney

Paul is an original member of the State of Play team, supporting its development and growth since 2012. He is responsible for the analysis and authorship of the biennial State of Play survey reports and CEO Perspectives report focusing on the nature and role of strategic level innovation in the global resources industry. Paul has over a decade of experience advising companies on strategy, technology and innovation – particularly in mining and oil & gas – across Australia, Europe, Africa and North America.

research Manager

Xavier Evans

Xavier is the Research Lead for State of Play, conducting much of the research, analysis and writing for State of Play publications. Xavier has experience in advising organisations on strategy, business model design and innovation, particularly with mining and utilities sectors. An economist and political scientist by training, Xavier has worked with a range of organisations aiming to catalyse innovation in the resources industry.

Project Manager

Madi Ratcliffe

Madi is Analytics Lead for State of Play, responsible for conducting analysis on innovation strategies that are driving the global resources industry. Madi completed her Bachelor degree in finance and accounting, and has experience in Corporate Finance, having previously worked for CBA. Based in Perth, she works with the State of Play team on advising a range of mining and utilities organisations on the next economic, social and technological industry developments.

Principal

Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan is an experienced and highly respected mining industry innovator, overseeing the development and application of emerging technology solutions at major global miner South32. More specifically, Michelle is responsible for leading the identification, design and delivery of technology and innovation for greenfield projects and the translation for brownfield operations. Michelle regularly gives time to mentor those early in their careers and is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Research analyst

Conor McLaughlin

Conor is a Research Analyst with State of Play, with a strong background in energy policy and strategy formulation in natural resources industries. Prior to joining State of Play, he worked with Chevron, focusing on communications, marketing and business development of their LNG projects. Conor also has a background in social enterprise creation and management within the Perth start-up ecosystem.