Strategic Mines is an experienced team of mining professionals with significant high-level expertise in developing, managing and operating mines. We offer a personal, responsive and thoroughly professional service. Strategic Mines has a broad professional network that can be drawn upon for specialist knowledge to complement our team.

David Wandel
David WandelDirector
As the founding Director of Strategic Mines, David brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to each project. Prior to establishing Strategic Mines, David was BHP Billiton’s Mine Development Manager, delivering mine management and operational strategy for five consecutive iron ore mine expansion programs through the feasibility, execution and operational phases. David has spent more than 20 years working with both mining houses and mining contractors in various managerial and engineering roles.
Pat Cesare
Pat Cesare Director
Pat has more than 20 years experience in mine operations. Originally working in earth sciences/resource management, he specialises in team leadership, study management, business development and governance. Pat has concentrated on bulk and precious metal resource development and open pit mining in both Australia and Asia and continuously produced value-added results often in remote and difficult conditions. He is a Graduate and Fellow of Leadership Western Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Board Director with Perth Region NRM.
Michael Harris
Michael Harris Principal Operations Development
Mick has amassed 30 years of experience and a proven track record of success in metalliferous minerals and coal. He has held senior mining engineering, operational and project management roles with leading international mining companies throughout Australia and West Africa. These include Operations Consultant at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Hancock Prospecting, Manager of Mine Planning, Hamersley Iron. Mick’s particular expertise is developing bankable funding studies, resource optimisation and operational readiness.
Rodney Drown
Rodney DrownSenior Mining Engineer
Rodney has more than 20 years’ experience in mine engineering across a range of commodities. He is a technical planning specialist with a proven track record in planning for specific market conditions and business scenarios, enabling businesses to make informed decisions. Rodney has experience in both project and management roles and has worked in open cut and underground environments. He has worked in Australia and South America.
Ross Richardson
Ross RichardsonPrincipal Mining Engineer
Ross has extensive mine planning technical expertise and a breadth of operational knowledge which enables him to quickly identify and analyse where the issues or opportunities lie. He has held a range of senior positions within the industry, from operational mine planning, contract management through to project evaluation and long-term strategic options.
Natalie Quinlan
Natalie QuinlanAdministration
Natalie has worked for more than 20 years in administration roles, including many years spent on site for international mining companies. Renowned for her organisational skills, Natalie’s experience ensures that the Strategic Mines office operates smoothly and effectively. This in turn allows our team of mining professionals to focus on the delivery of technical advice with the confidence that Natalie will address any client-related matters efficiently and professionally.