Stephen Galilee has been appointed as the new head of the New South Wales Minerals Council (NSWMC).
He will officially step into the role in January next year.
Galilee was previously the chief of staff for NSW treasurer Mike Baird.
He has also served as the chief of staff for former Federal resources minister Ian Macfarlane.
Mick Buffier, the current chairman of the NSWMC, congratulated Galilee on his appointment.
"Stephen’s background and experience makes him well-suited to the role," Buffier said.
"He has a prior association with the resources sector from his time in government and a track record for strategic thinking and policy development and will be a forceful and effective advocate for the industry," he added.
Galilee stated his excitement over his new role.
"The NSW mining and minerals sector has a long and impressive record of contribution to this State – generating growth, investment and jobs for the community," he said.
"The sector is also expected to return around $8.5 billion in royalties to the State Government over the next four years, helping to fund essential services and infrastructure for the community.
"I look forward to contributing to the ongoing development of our world class mining sector and delivering benefits to the people of NSW."