Karla Way-McPhail credits her 20-year career as a teacher and qualifications in educational psychology and standardised testing as building blocks for the mining industry companies that she leads. Karla has been a director and CEO of Undamine Industries for seven years, growing the business from a dream on a kitchen table in Middlemount to be one of the industry’s largest privately-owned contracting companies in Queensland. She manages business development, contracts, accounts and human resources, having won every tender submitted in seven years. Undamine, a black coal contracting company servicing the Bowen Basin, has contracts with AngloAmerican, Xstrata and BMA.
Undamine’s focus on safety identified an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art training facility in Yeppoon, specialising in the resource sector. After two years planning, Karla achieved her RTO and launched the training organisation Coal Train Australia in January 2012. As CEO her role includes course development, training, mentoring and corporate relationship building.
Karla’s background in educational psychology allows her to lead a culturally friendly training organisation that caters for a variety of demographics and learning needs. Under Karla’s direction, Coal Train have just introduced Mentorship, Management and Leadership training.