CME Team

CME has a dedicated team of professionals working to deliver results for members and the industry.

Click on the links below to find out more about each team member.

Reg Howard-Smith
Chief Executive

Reg Howard-Smith was appointed Chief Executive of CME in November 2007.

From 2002 to 2007 Reg held the role of Director at CME with responsibilities in the areas of Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety, Education and Training, Immigration, Skill Shortage Initiatives and Finance.

Immediately prior to joining CME, Reg was employed by Woodside and throughout the early to mid-1990’s worked in a national senior management position with George Weston Foods.  In the 1980’s Reg worked in advocacy positions in Western Australia and Victoria.  Reg commenced his career with BHP in Perth.

Reg is a graduate of the University of Western Australia with a major in Economics. Outside of work, Reg’s interests are long distance cycling, having recently ridden across Tibet and southern India and restoring Italian cars.

Nicole Roocke
Deputy Chief Executive

Having been appointed Deputy Chief Executive in May 2014, Nicole Roocke has responsibility for all policy portfolios including the regions of the Kimberley, North West, Mid West and South West.

Nicole has been with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy for a period of eleven years where she has been responsible for coordinating industry input on a variety of government regulatory and policy issues and facilitating communication within the minerals and resources sector.

Nicole has completed a Masters of Science in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from UWA and a Masters in Risk Management from UNSW.

Julie Kordic
Director Corporate Services

Julie Hill joined CME in August 2013. Julie is Director, Corporate Services and is responsible for CME’s corporate services, encompassing finance, membership, media, events, publications, IT, human resources, the CME site access clearances service and the Eastern Region including Mine Security Services.

Prior to joining CME, Julie was employed as a Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed exploration companies.

Julie is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary and has more than 20 years’ experience as a finance professional including extensive experience in corporate financial management and corporate governance. Julie has worked in a range of industries including mining exploration, rail, local government, viticulture and chartered accounting services.

Marielle Azzopardi
Event and Membership Officer

Marielle Azzopardi joined CME in December 2016 as Events and Membership Officer.   Marielle is responsible for coordinating CME’s calendar of events and ensuring CME’s membership database is up-to-date.

Marielle has over eight years’ experience managing a variety of events for a number of sectors including not-for-profit, local Government and construction.   Most recently Marielle spent two years as Team Leader for Events and Sponsorship at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI). Prior to this, Marielle spent three years residing in London where she was employed as Events Coordinator for Crossrail Ltd, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Marielle holds a Bachelor of Marketing and the Media from Murdoch University.

Bronwyn Bell
Policy Advisor - Environment

Bronwyn Bell joined CME in July 2016. In her role as Policy Adviser – Environment, Bronwyn is responsible for representing the best interests of the Western Australian resources sector in issues such as environmental approvals, mine closure and rehabilitation and carbon policy.

Prior to joining CME, Bronwyn spent 15 years working as an environmental professional for various mining operations across Australia in iron ore, diamonds, bauxite and coal. Bronwyn has a wide range of experience in environmental approvals and compliance, management systems, stakeholder engagement and auditing.

Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Hons) from Griffith University and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics) at Curtin University.


Lisa Campbell
Policy Adviser – Land Access & Economic Competitiveness
Caroline Cherry
Manager - Economic Competitiveness

Caroline Cherry joined CME in January 2017. In her role as Manager – Economic Competitiveness, Caroline is responsible for representing the best interests of the Western Australia resources sector on issues such as regulation, taxation and royalties, infrastructure and technology and innovation.

Prior to joining CME, Caroline spent 18 months working at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) on Western Australia’s energy policy, regulation, market design, rules and procedures. Prior to her position at AEMO, Caroline spent 8 years working on numerous aspects of the Council of Australian Government Energy Council’s energy market reform agenda comprising both economic and non-economic reforms.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Management and Bachelor of the Laws from the University of Canberra as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Rosalie Cobai
Manager, Media & Communications, CME
Irene Costello
Susan Cull
Senior Policy Advisor - People Strategies

Susan Cull commenced with CME in January 2001 as an Education Officer and was responsible for the management of the School’s Education Program.

Susan is employed as Project Officer in the People Strategies Portfolio. In this position, she has been responsible for the development of the People for the Future website and toolkits to assist stakeholders and clients in education and training to address the skills and labour shortages faced by the resources sector.

Currently, Susan’s role includes working closely with CME members to advocate industry efforts to attract and retain women to the resource sector workforce.

Susan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University. Prior to joining CME, Susan taught in the Private Education sector