Sarah Wheeler


Sarah is a mining engineer who has worked in the resources sector since 2005, across open pit and underground operations both in Australia and globally. Her experience, knowledge and practical understanding of the challenges facing the mining industry placed her in a unique position in 2016 at the age of 30 to establish and lead a consulting practice working with mining houses, OEMs and technology solution providers.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Honours from UNSW and a Diploma of Communications (ASCA). Whilst at university, Sarah was a co-op scholar, and the recipient of the prestigious AusIMM Rio Tinto/Sir Frank Espie scholarship.  The networking, experience and mentoring opportunities provided because of these awards still play an integral role in Sarah’s professional journey within the resources sector.

Most recently, Sarah was appointed to the board of the AusIMM Education Endowment Fund and she is now able to work alongside the other board members to develop new strategies that will help shape the future professionals of the industry.

Sarah’s professional career has seen her perform operational, technical and management roles within major mining houses and OEMs including Rio Tinto, BHP, Goldfields and Hitachi – Wenco. Now, as Automation Practice Lead with BEDROCKmg, Sarah works to define technology roadmaps and develop change management and implementation plans for autonomous solutions and their supporting infrastructure and enabling technologies.

Sarah’s background enables her to effectively bridge the gap between solution vendors and the mining companies their technologies serve. What drives her is seeing her customers achieve a step-change in their business through successful technology implementation.

Sarah is passionate about sharing her experiences and collaborating with other industry professionals, and she is an on-going representative and speaker at conferences and industry standards groups globally. In addition to this, Sarah is also a mentor for women in mining and engineering and fosters these relationships from high school students upwards.

Complementary to her professional career, Sarah has also maintained her love of sport and competing. In 2018 Sarah represented Australia in the Triathlon ITU World Championships in both Sprint and Olympic Distance.

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