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Mill Operators Conference 2024

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

Mark Adams FAusIMM


Educated in the UK with a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Mining Engineering and MSc in Mineral Exploration.

Mark commenced his mining career in 1977 at Chingola in Zambia. Following single contracts in Zambia and Botswana, Mark immigrated to Australia to begin a thirteen-year career with Mount Isa Mines.

There he worked in a number of mine operating and technical positions of increasing seniority before leaving to become the first Manager Mining and then Asset President for BHP World Minerals’ Cannington Project.

Mark then spent seven years leading multi-site mining, processing and refining operations with Sons of Gwalia (gold), WMCR Nickel (nickel), and Iluka Resources (mineral sands).

Returning to hard rock mining in 2008 he joined Australia’s largest underground mining contractor Barminco as its first Chief Operating Officer following its sale to private equity interests.

In 2011 he returned to Queensland to take responsibility for the closure of MMG’s Century operation and the pre-production development of its Dugald River project.

Following a year in Zambia as Chief Operating Officer for Konkola Copper Mines plc, Mark returned to Australia and finished his full-time career working for Newcrest Mining at Gosowong, Telfer and finally on the integration of the Canadian Red Chris open pit operation into Newcrest.

Since retiring in 2021. Mark has worked as consultant on number of business recovery programmes.

His focus over the last twenty-five years has been on sustained safety transformation, business improvement focusing on margin enhancement across the value chain and cultural change.

Mark is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM); he has served as one of the two Deputy Chairs of the AusIMM’s Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) and as a Board member of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) for many years.

Early bird registrations closing soon!

Register before 26 July to access special delegate rates.

A conference rich in history

Since its inception in 1978, the Mill Operators Conference has grown from a regional event in Mount Isa to a global gathering, now in its 16th iteration.

Celebrating 46 years, it has become a key platform for advancing the minerals processing industry, attracting over 600 professionals from around the world, including metallurgists, geometallurgists, engineers, executives, and industry leaders, to share knowledge, innovations, and best practices.

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