Former Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane has been appointed the next chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council.
QRC President Rag Udd, who begins his presidency role today, made the announcement today.
“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.
“Ian is much admired in the resources sector for his deep knowledge of and affinity for the sector. He has proven himself to be bipartisan in his approach to policy and advocacy.”
Mr Udd said that Mr Macfarlane had extensive experience working in the industry association space. Prior to his 18-year career in federal politics, Ian spent nearly seven years as president of the Grain Growers Association in Queensland.
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 Macfarlane will formally take over as QRC Chief Executive on November 17.