Mr Welsh was appointed as Acting Chief Executive of ERA in October 2021.

Mr Welsh is from the Muruwari tribe in north-western New South Wales, and grew up in the Aboriginal community of Redfern, Sydney. Prior to joining ERA, Mr Welsh was the Chief Advisor Closure Strategy Non-Managed Assets with Rio Tinto. Mr Welsh’s previous roles include Chief Advisor Indigenous Affairs with Rio Tinto and acting General Manager of the Weipa bauxite operation in Northern Queensland which made Mr Welsh the first Indigenous general manager operations in Rio Tinto's history.