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.

Paul Everingham
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Everingham joined CME in June 2018, replacing Reg Howard-Smith as Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining CME, Paul held numerous senior and executive roles, including Chief Executive of Marketforce Australia; Founding Principal and Managing Director of GRA Everingham Advisory; State Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (WA) and Senior Adviser for the Commonwealth Treasury.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland; Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics from the Queensland University of Technology; and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the University of NSW.

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).

Adrian Bowers

Adrian joined CME in November 2018 on a six-month maternity leave contract.

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.

Jessica Chwastiak
Social Media Coordinator

Jessica Chwastiak joined CME’s Communications Team in October 2018 as a Social Media Coordinator. Jessica is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring CME’s social media strategy in order to increase brand awareness and improve marketing efforts.

In her role at CME, Jessica works closely with CME members to develop content that showcases the mining and resources industry in Western Australia.  

Prior to joining CME, Jessica worked as a Brand Consultant in a small, start-up marketing agency. Jessica also has a background in Events Management. 

Jessica has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Western Australia. 

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 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 for several state and local newspapers.

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

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.

Nigel Haywood
Manager – Resources Industry Training Council

Nigel re-joined CME in November 2017 as Manager of the Resources Industry Training Council (RITC), having previously served in the role from March 2011 to February 2016. He is responsible for providing advice on vocational education and training advice to the State Training Board and Department of Training and Workforce Development across the resources sector and a range of other industry areas.

Immediately prior to re-joining CME, Nigel was General Manager, Operational Performance and Skills at NERA, the Industry Growth Centre covering the national oil and gas, coal and uranium sectors. Nigel has a broad range of experience in the training and skills space, having previously worked at Senior Executive Service levels in both Western Australian and Commonwealth Government education and training agencies. He has also has a long history of involvement with the resources sector, being Project Director for the Australian Centre of Process and Energy Training (ACEPT).

Nigel holds a Bachelor of Financial Management and Economics from the former Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT).

Adrienne LaBombard
Manager – People and Communities

Adrienne (Adi) LaBombard joined CME's Environment portfolio in September 2012 and in December 2013 was appointed to manage the Workplace Health and Safety portfolio. Adi’s role now covers People and Communities more broadly to include workplace health and safety, mental health, and diversity and inclusion. Adi is CME’s appointed industry representative on the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) and Chair of MIAC’s Mental Health Strategies Working Group.

Previously, Adi worked with the strategic policy team at the Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet and has a background in State and Commonwealth government policy, processes and legislation.

Prior to relocating to Perth in 2008, Adi worked in Human Resources at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, Montreal and a Masters of Arts from Murdoch University, Perth.


Marielle Lancaster
Events and Membership Officer

Marielle Lancaster joined CME in December 2016 as Events and Membership Officer. Marielle is responsible for coordinating CME’s calendar of events and managing its membership database. 

Marielle has more than nine 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.