THE Queensland Government has appointed Gavin Taylor as the new Chief Inspector of Coal Mines.
He is said to bring international and Australian experience to the position, particularly in longwall operations and in mine management.
Taylor will take up his appointment on 21 January 2008.
Born into a coal mining family in central Scotland, he immigrated with his family to Wollongong at the age of 14.
On completion of his high school education, he joined Australian Iron and Steel (Southern Collieries) in November 1967 as a cadet and worked at three of their operations as he completed his tertiary education and gained his statutory qualifications.
After reaching the position of deputy and undermanager for Southern Collieries in New South Wales, from 1977 Taylor headed overseas to gain experience in longwall mining.
He joined Gullick Dobson in England, a leading longwall equipment manufacturer, and worked in many of the coal mining countries of the world, including the North Americas and the Far East.
After rising to the position of Export Sales Manager, in 1988 he relocated to the United States as Vice-President Sales and Service for the company.
He then joined Atlantic Richfield in the USA, eventually relocating to their new Gordonstone Mine near Emerald, Queensland in 1991 where he was responsible for the purchase of their new longwall systems.
After a short time at Gordonstone, Taylor joined BHP at their new Crinum Mine in central Queensland, where he was registered Mine Manager for most of his appointment.
In 2001, he returned to Wollongong, New South Wales, as Mine Manager of West Cliff Colliery.
Gavin Taylor is currently general manager of Centennial Coal’s southern operations in New South Wales.
Queensland Department of Mines and Energy
Mining Exploration and Development Division