In each edition of the Pilbara Portal, we will profile two members of PPA’s Executive Team. This month, we introduce General Manager Risk and Governance, Raechel Paris and General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure, Phil Cooke.
Raechel Paris, General Manager Risk and Governance
With more than 18 years’ experience in legal, commercial and governance roles, Raechel Paris brings a clear focus and insight in administering PPA’s licence to operate.
Raechel joined the former Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) in 2011 as General Manager Risk and Governance, and has successfully led the division for the past five years, including through the amalgamation of PHPA and Dampier Port Authority in 2014. Raechel is also PPA’s Company Secretary.
Raechel is responsible for ensuring PPA’s governance, risk and compliance frameworks are supporting PPA’s strategy, and its broader vision to be global leader in port planning, operations and marine services. Raechel manages a multi-disciplinary team with accountability for Health and Safety, Environment and Heritage, Corporate and Government Affairs, Enterprise Risk, and Legal Services, including internal audit and business assurance, business continuity and crisis management, and corporate insurances.
In her previous positions, Raechel practised as a corporate lawyer for a number of years, before moving into commercial negotiation and management roles with a number of large private sector organisations. Originally from Geelong, Victoria, Raechel relocated to Perth ten years ago and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and opportunity Western Australia offers.
Raechel holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash University, is a member of the Governance Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
When Raechel isn’t managing PPA’s risks, she is managing her own risks while cycling, mountain biking, motorcycle riding and tarmac rallying!
Phil Cooke, General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure
PPA’s newest member of the Executive Team, General Manager Engineering and Infrastructure, Phil Cooke, brings a wide-range of project engineering and operational experience across the mining, power, forestry and ports industries.
Before joining PPA in October 2015, Phil’s previous role was General Manager of Infrastructure and Maintenance with the Tasmanian Ports Corporation (Tasports). There he led the development of the Tasports 30 year Port Plan and 10 year Infrastructure Plan and was responsible for the engineering and maintenance of all Tasmanian ports.
This is Phil’s third stint in the Pilbara. He has previously spent time as Project Engineer at Cape Lambert with Robe River Iron Associates between 1988 and 1992, and again with Rio Tinto as Operations Manager of Cape Lambert from 2005 to 2009.
In his diverse career, Phil has worked across a range of resource industries in addition to iron ore, including coal (open cut and underground operations) and uranium. He also managed the operations of the Anglesea Power Station and coal mine in Victoria for five years.
Based at the Port of Dampier, Phil leads PPA’s Engineering and Infrastructure division, responsible for providing engineering services at all PPA ports including asset and project management planning and delivery. A main focus for Phil is the development of a long-term infrastructure plan, which will include the delivery of the Integrated Marine Operations Centre at the Port of Port Hedland.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.