Ian Macfarlane appointed new QRC chief executive

Former QLD MP Ian Macfarlane has been appointed the new chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), taking over from Michael Roche.

Prior to serving 18 years in federal politics, as shadow minister for energy and resources and minister for industry, Macfarlane was president of the Grain Growers Association in Queensland for almost seven years.

Earlier this year he had rejected the position of resources investment commissioner, offered by the Queensland Government, The Chronicle reports, announcing his retirement from politics.

However now Macfarlane says he is 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,” he said.

Roche had been CEO for more than 11 years.

Also receiving a new role is asset president of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Rag Udd, who steps in as QRC president today.

Udd said the board was delighted to have secured the services of the calibre of Ian Macfarlane.

“Ian brings to the role a deep knowledge of bureaucracy, government and industry players, which means that he will be able to hit the ground running,” he said.

Macfarlane’s appointment was welcomed by the Minerals Council of Australia, with CEO Brendan Pearson saying he possessed a combination of resources knowledge, policy instincts and advocacy skills.

“He has the respect of the resources sector as well as all sides of the political spectrum,” he said

“He will be a great asset to the resources sector, not only in Queensland but nationally as well.”

The induction and handover process will begin in October, and Macfarland will officially takeover from Roche on November 17.

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