Meet the team

Business improvement requires a diverse mix of analytical, strategic, interpersonal and creative skills to turn potentially complex possibilities into a clear way forward. Minset’s team offers that breadth and depth of capability – including individuals and project teams having access to our full network of business specialists for bespoke requirements.

Our team’s diverse backgrounds allow us to provide an exceptional base of experience for clients. Our combined mining and resources experience exceeds 100 years across operations, maintenance, technical, port and corporate roles – complemented by experience in industries such as manufacturing, Defence and professional services. With many of our team having been consultants and clients, we offer a rare capacity to balance competing requirements from the perspective of multiple stakeholders to implement and sustain change. Together with our deep knowledge of business improvement theory and practice, and our adaptive approach, our people offer surety, confidence and excellence.

The way we engage workgroups underpins our ability to deliver for, and with, our clients. We seek to lead and develop teams through influence, not authority. Their buy-in then drives positive, long-term behavioural change. Through knowledge transfer and upskilling, those teams are equipped to take benefits forward long after our direct role may have finished. This is also where sector experience makes a difference. Our team members have an outstanding reputation for quickly establishing credibility and strong relationships with leaders through to workgroup personnel. Authentic engagement and communication, and genuine respect for client teams, become the foundation for positive results. We recognise that frustrations common to workgroups are real and must be understood and considered to make way for recommended improvements. This grounded, sincere collaboration sits at the heart of sustainable change.

Our directors

Andrew Attrill

Andrew’s more than 30-year career spans the resources and business improvement sectors. He has held maintenance and engineering management roles in owner-operator environments, as well as senior consulting roles. His operational experience covers mining, processing, port and rail facilities, focused on asset, maintenance and shutdown improvement. This gives him direct insight into what drives the best in operations and maintenance teams. For example, Andrew developed and implemented a group-wide shutdown system for a major mining organisation and has delivered numerous projects and studies. His depth of experience in applying Lean and Six Sigma principles to diverse mine operations provides a significant advantage to clients. Andrew has worked in various Australian and South East Asian locations and has a demonstrated ability to coach site leaders and stakeholders to support improved performance.

Anthony Tarsilli

Across more than 20 years in the mining industry, Anthony has covered frontline technical, operations, project and corporate roles in open cut and underground mining, processing and port facilities. With experience in multiple countries, this provides a strong foundation for knowing where gains can be found and translating those into practical solutions. He has developed and implemented business-wide Lean and Six Sigma improvement programs for a global mining company and is a proven trainer and mentor for leaders in applying improvement techniques in their workplaces. Examples of his expertise include leading an underground longwall production improvement program that delivered production output 25 per cent higher than budgeted, and leading multiple engagements to translate business plans or review outcomes into manageable work programs and executing those to deliver required results.

Derrick Barden

Derrick has more than 19 years’ experience in the mining industry covering a wide range of management and business improvement roles in operations, maintenance, planning, processing, and health and safety. His technical capabilities in mine planning, fleet management and modelling provide extended insight into the drivers of operational excellence. Among several initiatives led by Derrick, he has improved electric shovel uptime by transforming related maintenance approaches and systems, and completed a major mine’s site-wide maintenance review to identify performance gaps and build programs to address the complex problems identified. He also offers proven experience in implementing new business process management systems, developing and implementing site-based Lean and Six Sigma programs, and supporting improvements in safety, health and environmental performance.

Michael Bennett

With more than 30 years of mining experience in senior management, technical, analytical, project and corporate roles, Michael offers industry-leading capability in mining, asset management, processing and mobile fleet, specialising in shutdown processes and management. This covers the entire mining lifecycle, from pre-feasibility to operations. He is skilled in open cut and underground environments in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and West Africa. Among his roles, he has overseen a team of more than 800 to achieve on target, on budget performance and reduce emergent works by 70 per cent. Michael’s expertise in Lean and Six Sigma methodologies provide the design and execution of highly-effective improvement programs. He also has a strong reputation for mentoring leaders in applying these business improvement techniques.

Michael Rowland

Michael’s more than 20-year career has proven his ability as a leader of disciplined teams. For more than 12 years he has focused on safety and risk management, operations and project roles in the resources sector. His experience spans open cut and underground mines across a range of commodities including processing, construction and asset maintenance. Michael has led projects such as transitioning an ultra class truck fleet from a traditional maintenance approach to pit stop servicing, reducing service duration by up to 50 per cent, and improving a shift start process across a project’s surface maintenance operations. Having worked in numerous countries, Michael’s first-hand site skill ensures practical improvement projects that take into consideration the breadth of challenges resources sector projects face.

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