Mr Welsh was appointed as Chief Executive and Managing Director of ERA in February 2022.

Mr Welsh is from the Muruwari tribe in north-western New South Wales. He grew up in the Aboriginal community  of Redfern, Sydney. Prior to joining ERA, he held a number of roles within Rio Tinto, including Chief Advisor Closure Strategy Non-Managed Assets, Chief Advisor to the CEO - Indigenous Affairs and acting General Manager of the Weipa bauxite operation in Northern Queensland, where he gained extensive management experience. Mr Welsh holds a Masters in Mining Engineering (Mine Management) and a Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales. He also holds a Bachelor of Welfare (Aboriginal Community Studies) from the University of Western Sydney.