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. 

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 Kordic joined CME in August 2013. Julie is Director, Corporate Services and is responsible for CME’s corporate services, encompassing finance, membership, media, events, communications, IT, human resources, the CME clearance 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 extensive corporate experience. Over her career, Julie has worked in a wide range of industries including mining exploration, rail, local government, viticulture and chartered accounting services.

Bronwyn Bell
Manager – Natural Resources

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 has completed a Master of Business Administration / Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics) from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Hons).

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

Rosalie Cobai joined CME in April 2017 as Manager – Media and Communications and is responsible for all external and internal media and publications, campaigns, social media and website management.

Immediately prior to joining CME, Rosalie was a senior media adviser and worked for a number of Ministers and a Premier across Labor and Liberal State Governments for 13 years. She also worked for a number of years as a journalist at state and local newspapers.

Rosalie holds a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from Edith Cowan University. 

Irene Costello
Susan Cull
Manager – People and Communities

Susan Cull commenced with CME in January 2001 as an Education Officer and was responsible for the management of the School’s Education Program until 2004. She then worked as Senior Policy Adviser in the People Strategies portfolio.

Susan is currently employed as Manager, People and Communities. In this role, Susan is responsible for the advocacy of diversity and inclusion in the Western Australian resources sector; promotion of career opportunities in the sector, particularly for girls and women; and the advocacy of current and future training and education needs of the sector. Susan’s role also covers People and Communities more broadly to include workplace health and safety and mental health.

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.

Jaime Hanrahan
Regional Liaison Coordinator – North West

Jaime Hanrahan joined CME in October 2017. In her role as Regional Liaison Coordinator – North West, Jaime is responsible for identifying and facilitating collaborative policy and program responses to regional specific issues and leading the development and delivery of the Pilbara Collaboration strategy - a joint industry and government initiative to deliver improved economic and social benefits to the community.

Prior to joining CME, Jaime lived and worked in Australia, China and the United Kingdom across both the private and public sector in project and program delivery, including with the Western Australian Department of State Development and Chevron at its Wheatstone Project in Onslow.

Jaime has completed a Master of International Relations from Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography and Chinese from the University of Nottingham, UK.