The Queensland Resources Council’s next chief executive will be former federal minister Ian Macfarlane.
In announcing this appointment, incoming president of the Queensland Resources Council, Rag Udd, said that the QRC board was delighted to have secured the services of someone of the calibre of Mr Macfarlane.
“Ian has had a distinguished career in the federal parliament and for most of that time served as a minister or shadow minister in portfolios which included responsibility for the resources sector,” Mr Udd said.
He said Mr Macfarlane brought to the role a deep knowledge of bureaucracy, government and industry players, which meant he would be able to hit the ground running.
Mr Macfarlane said that, after a brief interlude since he retired from politics earlier this year, he was well and truly ready to tackle the challenges facing the resources sector in Queensland.
“The Queensland Resources Council is a highly respected industry peak body on both sides of politics and throughout the wider community and I am honoured to be asked to build on the excellent work of outgoing chief executive Michael Roche,” Mr Macfarlane said.
Mr Udd said that an induction and handover process would commence next month and Mr Macfarlane would formally take over as QRC chief executive on November 17.
Mr Udd, asset president of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, commenced in the role of QRC President on September 26, succeeding Stewart Butel, who retired from his role as managing director of Wesfarmers Resources at the end of July.