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The Board


Suzy Urbaniak OAM

Co-Founder of CoRE Learning Foundation, Founder of the CoRE Learning Model and CoRE Lead

BSc (Hons) Geology Dip.Ed Secondary MAIG

Sharing with our students the love of the Earth, the importance of it and of resources which sustain our lives – by reading rocks, we understand how our Earth evolved and use the evidence to protect us into the future.  
In #therealclassroom students tune into the Earth, their curiosity is ignited and lifelong learning begins. 

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Dani Tamati

Board Member, General

As an industry professional in careers, talent, and recruitment with 30 years of experience in the mining industry and having spent 14 years living and working in remote WA mining towns, I have always wanted to ensure a strong talent pipeline continues for our sector. This starts with introducing careers available to children in schools.


Jo Heyes

Board Member, General

Jo holds an honours degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Jo has worked in operational, technical, HSE, strategic and executive leadership roles in the mining industry for over 25 years. She has experience as a leader in several industry bodies and is an active mentor and advocate for women in the resources sector. Jo is also a specialist in sustainable mine closure, an area where she has devoted a significant portion of her career. Her most recent role is the Global Practice Lead Technical Capability at BHP. In this she led the strategic development and delivery of a robust geoscience and resource engineering talent pipeline for BHP. Jo is passionate about inspiring future leaders to help solve the energy transition challenge.


Christian Price

Chair & Co-Founder

Our planet relies on critical thinkers, CoRE is a proven and scalable integrated STEM education solution that will provide a paradigm shift for a better future.

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Simon Troeth

Board Member, Communications and Engagement

Australia's future and place in the world will be made by talented, engaged and enthusiastic STEAM professionals across a range of sectors. As someone who's proud to make a difference in Australian mining, it's great to support the CoRE Learning Foundation model and its track record of real world success, which makes a tremendous contribution to earth science learning and building a longer and stronger talent pipeline for mining and other great Australian industries.


Patrick Martini

Company Treasurer

B Commerce M. Accounting & Finance  Graduate Dip. Chartered Accounting

I believe that delivering practical and relevant education to future generations is critically important, Core engages and exposes students from all walks of life to the critical STEM skills required to solve future problems in a fun and engaging way. Having been in the classroom, I saw the difference the foundation is having and wanted to do more.

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Kate Driver

Deputy Chair & Co-Founder

LLM, GDLP, LLB (first class honours) (University Medal), B. Soc. Sc., ATCL, GAICD

I am passionate about providing the environment for young people to imagine a better future, and develop the tools, skills and confidence to achieve those dreams. Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms, but life is not an exam and #therealclassroom is about setting our young people up well.  


Briony Doyle

Company Secretary

B Eng (Elec), M. Biomed. Eng

Briony has had a long term interest in STEAM education, particularly for girls and nonbinary kids. The CoRE program attracted them because of the focus on business units that allows all students to use their strengths to learn and grow together.


Andrew Jack

Board Member, Schools Representative

​B Education

I have been in Education for 40 years in a number of city and country locations. I have been involved with CoRE for the past four years and was one of the first schools, in the expansion process, to take the opportunity to introduce CoRE to students at Tom Price SHS. CoRE has expanded into the three primary schools in Tom Price and Paraburdoo as well as from Yr 7 to Yr 11 at Tom Price SHS in 2022. CoRE gives students 21st century life skills in an innovative STEM/STEAM approach that incorporates the Western Australian curriculum in it’s student centred, project based learning.

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