Meet our trainers

Our highly regarded trainers have extensive experience in mining and other industries and are passionate about fostering health and safety and good workplace practices.

Paul Shorthouse

Paul Shorthouse

Paul has used his trade qualifications in mechanical engineering in a wide range of industries, including mining, heavy industry and power generation.

Paul obtained his training and assessment qualifications in 1992 and since then has trained and assessed students in the areas of mechanical engineering and health and safety. He has also functioned as a site safety health representative and presenter in a number of industries, and has delivered training to international work forces and mining inspectorates from Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Laos, Ghana, India and China.

Holding a position as a Queensland/Northern Territory councillor for the Australian Institute of Training and Development has given Paul the opportunity to not only assist other training professionals but to learn, network and share ideas and philosophies to enrich vocational education in the mining industry. He has spoken about the benefits of virtual reality immersive learning to the Queensland mining health and safety industry, the mining electrical safety industry, international government representatives and international mining companies.

Paul has been a Senior Training Officer for Simtars for 2 years and delivers health, safety and risk management training. Paul was previously the director of his own contract training company.

Robbie Hogg

Robbie Hogg

Robbie has been involved in the mining industry for more than 40 years. Starting out as a general hand in Scotland, he progressed through various mining roles before moving to Australia by way of South Africa.

In Australia he has held varied roles in the mining industry, ranging from mine planner to contracts manager, and has been involved developing quality assurance and safety training manuals and processes. Robbie rates his work developing and implementing the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3901 for quality assurance and the BHP Generic Induction package as his most significant achievements to date.

Robbie continues to work as an independent contractor and occasionally undertakes work for companies such as OHSA, AXIAL, CCS and NSCA when not involved with Simtars.

He is a member of the Australasian Quality Society, a qualified safety/quality auditor and a safety inspector.

He has a passion for training and endeavours to tailor his training to suit his students' needs. He is dedicated to ensuring that all students leave his classroom with a strong commitment to workplace safety.

Nev Kathage

Nev Kathage

Nev has more than 40 years of mining industry experience, including 15 years in underground coal, 10 years as a coal mine deputy (ERZ controller) and 5 years as a coal face production miner.

He has also worked in open-cut mines, open-cut dredging operations and coal-handling preparation plants; operated dozers and loaders at mine sites and power stations; and acted as a site safety and health representative at an underground mine for 10 years. Nev has provided contract training and consulting services to a number of registered training organisations in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions.

Nev has been associated with Simtars for nearly 20 years, where he keeps abreast of changes in mining techniques and mine safety through regular mine site visits; work in Simtars' Mining Research and Development Centre; mine safety training; and regular discussions with the mines inspectors as well as Simtars' occupational hygiene and safety staff.

Nev is passionate about mine safety and health and delivers mine inductions, mine site safety and health representative courses, and risk management courses.