Former Queensland chief government geologist Brad John has taken over from Geoff Dickie as chair of the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC).
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Dr Dickie had steered the organisation through some challenging times, demonstrating strength of character and unwavering dedication over seven years.
“He never hesitated in providing his extensive industry knowledge and his foresight was valued by both sides of government during the reviews of the Land Access Regime and Fly-In-Fly-Out,” he said.
“As foundation chair of the QEC, his knowledge and interest in the Native Title processes was unparalleled, Geoff was always committed to the regions in which the industry operated.”
Mr Macfarlane said Mr John brought 47 years of resources and exploration experience to the post.
“As Chief Government Geologist, Brad received a Public Service Medal for his work facilitating and promoting exploration and resource investment in Queensland with all levels of government,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to identify the best candidate for this role as the Council moves into its next phase of growth and development.
“The good news for QEC members is that Geoff will remain on the management committee and while he may not be at the helm, he has agreed to stay on the bridge.”
Stephen Kelemen and Darren Walker have been appointed as deputy chairs to the QEC.
Mr Walker – an executive with U&D Coal – brings 20 years of experience from the coal, metals and the petroleum sector while Mr Kelemen has 38 years of broad petroleum industry experience.