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NERA is an industry-led, forward-thinking organisation with key executives with extensive experience in industry, research and government.

Miranda Taylor, CEO

Prior to appointment as CEO of National Energy Resources Australia, Miranda Taylor was the Director Environment, Safety & Operational Performance for APPEA. Miranda has more than 20 years' experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, working with various industries and with State and Federal governments. Miranda has participated in a number of task forces and ministerial panels, and has presented at international oil and gas industry events. She facilitated APPEA's interaction with the global industry in response to the Gulf of Mexico well control integrity disaster and the Australian Montara incident. Miranda has an Honours Degree from The London School of Economics, London University in International Economics and Politics, and a Post Graduate Degree in Labour Relations.

Jill Stajduhar, General Manager Industry Research

As General Manager for Industry Research at NERA, Jill Stajduhar draws on extensive experience in joint venture and research and development management and collaborative business partnerships between industry and the research community. Prior to her appointment at NERA, Jill was Associate Director at the Energy and Minerals Institute at The University of Western Australia (UWA). She was also the Deputy Director for the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), a joint venture between UWA and the University of Queensland. This built on her previous decades of international experience in the UK, Africa, Europe and Asia. Jill is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds degrees in business and accounting, management and social impact from UWA, Edith Cowan University and University of Kent.

Nigel Hayward, General Manager Education and Work Skills

Prior to his appointment as General Manager, Education and Work Skills at NERA, Nigel was Manager of the Resources Industry Training Council in Western Australia. Nigel has more than 30 years' experience in the vocational education and training sector where he has been responsible for a number of policy initiatives and planning at both the State and National levels. His focus has been in the energy resources sector having led the establishment of the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT), which has become the primary delivery site for oil and gas process operator training in Australia. Nigel has made substantial contributions to the education and training sector and has a rich background in industry consultation and collaboration initiatives. Nigel holds a finance and economics degree from the Western Australian Institute of Technology.

Simon Orton, General Manager Value Chain

Simon has extensive industry knowledge in coal, hard rock, automotive, professional services, manufacturing and product development for coal and gas. His experience includes leading innovation, research programs, extractive operations, engineering teams and value chain improvement programs. Simon has held roles in program leadership at CRCMining and improvement leadership at BHPBilliton. He was the 2013 Engineers Australia Queensland division President and a past Queensland Chair of the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management (CELM). Simon is currently a non-executive director at Engineers Australia, serves on the Queensland division committee, is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Simon holds a degree and Masters in Engineering from Queensland University of Technology.