About Us

Mining Minds: Building our Community is a BHP Billiton Olympic Dam initiative to improve learning outcomes in the Olympic Dam region through the transformation of education and community.


This project is being facilitated by Semann & Slattery, a National consulting and research firm specialising in projects associated with community and human services sector development and research.


Since 1999, Semann & Slattery has provided research and consultancy services, training and organisational development programs and leadership coaching to organisations and people who value quality, innovation and evidence based practice.


Over time Semann & Slattery has become a pioneering national consultancy firm known for its ability to transform organisations and people.  As change and performance enhancement strategists, Semann & Slattery act as pathfinders to assist organisations and people identify and apply the most appropriate strategies and skills to enhance both performance and productivity.


Today, we remain proud of the quality of service delivery and our ongoing high level of client satisfaction.


We are committed to innovative research, consultancy and training programs and ensuring that our clients achieve their organisational, strategic and personal goals.

Our Location

Our office is currently located in shop 8 Roxby Central in the Community Hub facing Richardson Place.

This space is a hub of activity for presentations, guest speakers, information sessions, program facilitation, parent groups and drop-in sessions.

Mining Minds Project Officers are located on the admin side of the Community Hub, which is also residence for the Time For Wellbeing and Strengthening Our Family Project Officers.

Our Mission

Our Team

Angela Thompson

SA / Olympic Dam Region

  • Bachelor of Education

  • Master of Education


Angela Thompson is the Mining Minds Project Manager and an education and community leader of 35 years experience. She has managed diverse and complex projects from inner city Sydney to remote areas of outback South Australia. She has extensive experience and high-level skills as a writer, researcher, developer and deliverer of training and development. As a community theatre manager her worked included company management with the multi-awarded Sidetrack Theatre Company and the development of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Liverpool. As an educational leader she has had many roles including Policy Advisor and National Reviewer Trainer with the National Childcare Accreditation Council, Teacher and Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Principal of a remote school site. She has led several early education, school, health, family and community partnership programs, winning the South Australian State Government Innovation in Education, Community and Business Partnerships award for her work at Andamooka Primary School. In her role at Semann & Slattery, Angela is focused on our community education partnership program in association with BHP Billiton at their Olympic Dam site.

Hayley Scrivens

SA / Olympic Dam Region

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid


Hayley is our Family Worker and administration assistant for both Mining Minds and the Community Hub. Hayley has a background in Early Childhood Education and care and is a passionate advocate for child-centred practice and emotional intelligence. Hayley runs the Emotional Intelligence Book Club, Emotional Intelligence Parenting Groups and  co-delivers the Circle of Security Parenting programs in collaboration with the Children's Centre. Hayley works closely with local families to support parent-led learning with her child-development knowledge and understanding of the way adults want to learn. As an advocate for families she seeks to build the confidence and reflective skills of local parents as well as help them connect with resources, information and services for their parenting journey. As a portrait photographer with over a decade of professional experience, Hayley enjoys photographing her daughter in this beautiful desert landscape of the Olympic Dam Region. 

Kristin Ward

Adelaide, SA

Colin Slattery

Sydney, NSW

Masters of Organisational Coaching with Merit

Graduate Certificate Science (Statistics)

Graduate Diploma of Management

Bachelor of Applied Science

Accredited Hogan Assessor

MLQ Facilitator


Colin is a Founding Director of Semann & Slattery. Colin is primarily a leadership coach and change facilitator. He specialises in organisational development, group facilitation, personal development, coaching, psychometric assessment, leadership assessment, leadership training and community engagement. Colin is leading the community consultation for the Early Years Mapping and the Post School Pathways Research Projects in 2019. Colin is in high demand to coach and mentor employees, especially in change management situations because of his experience as a senior executive with government agencies and in large non-government organisations. And because of his compassion, his warmth and his capacity to discern quickly.

Bachelor of Education 

Cert IV Environmental and Adventure Tourism 

Train the trainer, assess the assessor

Sustained PD in well-being 


Kristin is a coach and mentor with the Mining Minds team. She is passionate about collaboration, authenticity, nature-based learning and sustainable futures. Kristin has held a number of leadership roles in education, with particular focus on wellbeing, positive education, contemporary curriculum, student voice and choice and sustainability. Her work has mainly been with the middle years, creating site specific curriculum developing capabilities, identity, meta-cognition and personal responsibility. She uses analysis of data and reflection to drive pedagogies and measure progress. Kristin’s key strength is curiosity and she loves the outdoors, hiking and photography. 

Dr Alma Fleet


  • PhD (Sydney University)

  • Master of Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (with Honours)

  • Bachelor of Teaching


Dr Fleet is an Adjunct Associate at Semann & Sattery. She has a particular interest in qualitative research methodology, educational change, practitioner enquiry and diverse cultural ways of understanding the world, pedagogy and teaching. She is committed to working with a diverse range of organisations interested in implementing and undertaking a process of change. Dr Fleet has been involved in a range of research projects at Semann & Slattery including a review of the Aboriginal Youth and Family Strategy for the NSW Government, exploring educational leadership, and a range of community development programs. Her work has been published in a range of national and international journals. She has written for and edited two internationally respected publications jointly with Dr Catherine Patterson and Janet Robertson. Dr Fleet has taught children in Scotland and America and worked for schools in Australia. She is constantly learning from and enjoying her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are pursuing higher degrees. Her practical experiences led her to an ongoing interest in issues associated with literacy development and the transition to school, as well as tensions between constraints and opportunities in educational settings.

Dr Fleet has also recently accepted a position as an Honorary Associate Professor within the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Christa Sue Walker

Cairns, QLD

Masters of Education

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science)

Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics)

Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning (Current)

Certificat IV TESOL


Christa Sue is an Associate at Semann & Slattery with a well-rounded knowledge in all things research. She has extensive experience working to support a range of small and large scale research activities spans the field of social and economic policy, including education and training, language welfare, early childhood, community development and workforce issues. Her current professional interests include research instrument design, project management and meeting planning challenges. Christa Sue is assisting with the research methodology and data analysis of both the Early Years Mapping and Post School Pathways research projects.

Establish strong connections between children, families, educators and the community, as represented by community organisations, government agencies and interagency collaborations.


Improve educational and social outcomes for children attending children’s services and schools


Identify and support opportunities to connect families attending children’s services and schools to programs which support learning, health and wellbeing.


Strengthen the relationship between service providers, non government organisations, early childhood services and schools to deliver innovative arrangements to connect families to services and programs in the local community


To build social capital with and between families and the community.


Supporting children, families and educators in reaching their goals and strengthening the community.

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