Kerryanne Tawhai has delivered training and systems development and management to major companies from Western Australia to Central Queensland and New Zealand. She has worked across the resources, manufacturing and construction sectors, including in-house for Cement Australia and as training advisor for the largest gold mine in the southern hemisphere – the “Superpit” at Kalgoorlie.
Ten years as an open cut miner means Kerryanne understands operational practicalities firsthand. In 2003, owners of the “Superpit”, Newmont/Barrick JV, operating as KCGM, recognised her commitment to self-development and value as a safety trainer, and sent her to the USA to study.
Kerryanne had already gained qualifications in Training and Assessment, Frontline Management, Occupational Safety and Health and became a shot firer and a Restricted Quarry Manager while working shift work as an operator. In the US, she was trained in Root Cause Analysis, visited other Barrick mine sites and went to the Caterpillar proofing grounds in Arizona. On her return she was offered, and accepted, the role of training advisor.
In 2004, a 5-star audit was conducted at KCGM by the Newmont JV partner. Kerryanne’s training department was awarded 4-and-a-half stars and Recognised as the only area within the business approaching industry best practice.
Kerryanne moved to Gladstone with her partner, civil engineer Trevor Tyson in 2006 and established Down to Earth Results to deliver safety, training and engineering consultancy services. During the next five years, Kerryanne worked mainly with registered training organisations (RTOs) focused on the needs of Bowen Basin mining operators and major contractors. Seeing a gap in the market for an RTO to meet her own high standards, Kerryanne wrote the system herself and attained RTO status for Down to Earth Results which now trades under the name DTE Training & Safety Skills.
Kerryanne has delivered training and provided safety and systems support for major operators across the region, including:
- Rio Tinto
- Gladstone Ports Corporation
- Cement Australia
- Downer Edi Mining
- Anglo Coal
Since 2003, Kerryanne estimates she has delivered training to more than 1,000 people, across a range of subject areas from earthworks, health and safety, and risk management, to rehabilitation and return to work coordination, as well as coaching for supervisors and frontline management.
Key recent achievements include:
- Opening of new $1.4 million premises in Gladstone
- Writing and production of 15 contextualized training packages for Downer Edi
- Development of the Registered Training Organisation systems for Down to Earth Results
- Development of the quality and safety systems for Down to Earth Results.