AMEC President passes the torch

3 May 2019

After ten years in the role, AMEC’s well known and widely respected President, Mr Will Robinson, has stepped down from the role, passing the torch to newly elected President, Mr Peter Bradford.

Over this period, Mr Robinson has led the Association through some extremely challenging periods, for most of this time working closely with the Association’s former CEO, Simon Bennison. 

Mr Robinson helped cement AMEC as a fierce industry advocate during the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) and Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) debates.  His vocal leadership ensuring that emerging miners, and junior and mid-tier players were not marginalised or unfairly treated. 

He was intimately involved in the creation of the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) and its subsequent improvement as the Junior Mineral Exploration Incentive (JMEI).  A contribution which has helped attract millions in private investment into Australian greenfield exploration.

During his tenure, AMEC grew to become a truly national Association with offices and representation around Australia.

In 2018, Mr Robinson was handpicked to represent AMEC and the industry on the Resources 2030 Taskforce, recommending solutions to support the future growth of the industry. 

“It has been a privilege to serve as AMEC’s President and to work alongside so many passionate supporters of our industry,” said Mr Robinson.

“The need for industry association’s like AMEC has grown over the last ten years, as the need for consultation and to have your finger on the policy pulse has only gone up.”

“AMEC’s members are the future of our industry.  They are the risk takers and it is through their innovation and entrepreneurial efforts that new mines are discovered and developed, new industries are created, and the future of our sector is secured,” said Mr Robinson.

While stepping down as President, Mr Robinson will continue to serve the Association as an AMEC Councilor.

Incoming President, Peter Bradford is the Managing Director of Independence Group (IGO), which owns and operates the Nova operation, and holds a 30% interest in the Tropicana gold mine, both located in Western Australia.  Independence also has significant exploration activities in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Mr. Bradford is a Western Australian School of Mines graduate, in metallurgy, and has worked both internationally and across Australia, in a range of commodities including gold, nickel, copper and mineral sands operations. He is also actively involved as a mentor with Women in Mining, Vice President of the WA Mining Club and as Chair of Curtin University’s ‘The Brighter Futures Scholarship Campaign Committee’. 

Mr. Bradford was elected as President at the first Council meeting following the Association’s Annual General Meeting in April after having been a Vice President of the Association and a member of the Finance and Management Committee for the last two years.  

Peter Bradford said, “I am delighted to be elected AMEC’s new president and am humbled to be following on from Will Robinson who has done such a tremendous job as President.  During my time at AMEC working with Will, he has been a strong advocate for our industry, and has put a lot of time and effort into supporting our industry. I look forward to continuing to lead AMEC with drive and passion, especially to promote the mining sector as an attractive employer for future generations to sustain our industry’s ongoing success.”

“It is an exciting time to be appointed as President, with upcoming plans for AMEC to launch a national community campaign, the AMEC ‘next generation of mining’ conference in June and continuing to have an active dialogue with governments in each jurisdiction across Australia,” Mr. Bradford added.