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QRC chief executive to step down

Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche has announced his intention to step down later this year, after more than 11 years in the role.

Mr Roche, who joined the QRC in 2005, said now was the right time to move to the next stage of his career.

“It has been a great honour to be able serve the great Queensland resources sector over such an extended period at the helm of its peak body,” Mr Roche said.

Mr Roche said he had no intention of disappearing off into the sunset.

“I enjoy my current non-executive board work and hope to do more of this. I also believe there is an opportunity to share my knowledge, expertise and experience built up over the past nearly 40 years, in a consulting capacity,” Mr Roche said.

“I am also keen to do more to assist the state’s charities and not-for-profit sector.

“There is however no hiding the fact that the QRC Chief Executive role is a very demanding seven days a week commitment. I certainly look forward to also having more time with family and friends.”

QRC President Stewart Butel paid tribute to Mr Roche’s contribution over the past 11 years.

“Michael’s skills and commitment as an advocate for the Queensland resources sector and as a leader of a great Queensland organisation are second to none,” Mr Butel said.

A recruitment process for Mr Roche’s successor is now underway, with international executive search firm Egon Zehnder having been retained by the QRC Board.

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