QRC chief Michael Roche to step down

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche will step down from the mining lobby group.

The move comes after more than 11 years in the role.

“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. The sector comprises wonderful people and hundreds of great businesses – large, medium and small – which deliver so much employment and wealth for our state,” Roche said.

“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.”

However Roche will not exit the QRC immediately, and will stay on until a new chief executive is appointed, most likely in November this year.

Following Roche’s decision, QRC president Stewart Butel thanked him for his contribution.

“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,” Butel said.

“Michael is leaving big shoes to fill.”