Executive Manager of QCAT and Minister Stephen Robertson - Queensland Mininster for Energy and Water Utilities open Innovation and Excellence Day
Dr Calum Drummondern- Group Executive, CSIRO Manufacturing, Materials & Minerals
Calum Drummond received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of Melbourne in 1987. He is CSIRO Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals comprising 1300 researchers and research support staff and an annual budget of AUS$230 million. Calum is a member of the Australian federal government’s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council, the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry Innovation Council, and the Steel Industry Innovation Council. He is Chair of the Australian federal government’s Expert Working Group for national research infrastructure in frontier technologies.
Geoff Brent– Research associate, Orica Mining Services
Geoff Brent is a Research Associate with Orica Mining Services. He has led R&D in explosives and blasting for over 25 years and has developed new explosives, initiating products and blasting methods. He has worked extensively in mines and quarries around the world and for the past few years has led the Sustainability R&D for Orica Mining Services with a focus on greenhouse gas issues and energy efficiency in mining. He has published widely in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. Geoff is based at the Orica Global Technology Centre at Kurri Kurri, NSW.
Peter van Iersel – Director, Mackay Resource Technology Centre
Peter has extensive experience gained over 40 years working at all levels within the Australian Coal Mining Industry. His depth of industry knowledge combined with his extensive networks both nationally and internationally provides Peter with an acute awareness of the needs of Australia’s Resource sector. In 2008 Peter accepted the position of Director of the Resource Technology Centre, part of the Commonwealth’s Enterprise Connect division. The Centre’s primary purpose is to support the growth and development of businesses involved in Australia’s Resource sector. A key focus for Peter is to develop an ongoing dialogue with the major resource companies, to explore opportunities to work collaboratively with Australian small and medium businesses to support their global competitiveness.
Dr Andrew Ash – Director, CSIRO’s National Research Flagship for Climate Adaptation
Andrew Ash is the director of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, which aims to equip Australia with practical and effective options to prepare for the impacts of climate change and variability. Dr Ash works closely with government agencies, businesses and communities, raising awareness of the need to adapt to unavoidable climate change. He oversees a $30 million nationwide portfolio of research projects, partnerships and collaborations.
Andrew has a keen interest in better integrating our understanding of climate science with decision-making and developing ways to mainstream climate adaptation into policy processes. Much of his past work has been the link between climate, ecosystems and management and in particular investigating how climate, grazing and fire influence the productivity, health and management of rangelands in northern Australia.
Michael Roche – Director, Queensland Resource Council
Michael Roche is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector in Queensland, representing the interests of more than 250 member companies.
Before joining the QRC in 2005, Michael spent nearly nine years in senior management roles with the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney, including more than three years as the Executive General Manager of ASX’s markets and market data businesses.
Michael also has extensive experience in the government sector, including nine years in Canberra, with most of that time as a senior executive in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
From 1990, Michael served for almost five years as Chief of Staff to the Queensland Treasurer and two years as Deputy Director-General in the Queensland Cabinet Office, part of the Premier’s portfolio.
Michael currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including Chairman of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, a board member of the Australian Coal Association and a member of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council. In 2009 he was appointed a Queensland Resource Industry Ambassador.
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