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Gavin Lind

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Gavin holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and Ph.D. which focused on improving health, safety and risk management outcomes for the underground coal mining sector in South Africa.  

Gavin has early career experience in the deep-level gold mines and underground coal mines in South Africa, reaching the position of underground manager prior to embarking on his industry-sponsored Ph.D. research.  Gavin has been an academic at the Western Australian School of Mines (Curtin University) as well as at the University of the Witwatersrand. Gavin also established the earth resource regulation branch at WorkSafe Victoria.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of the Australian Minerals & Energy Skills Alliance (AUSMESA), Gavin was Interim CEO of the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot (MSOP). The MSOP, and ultimately AUSMESA, was born out of a 2019 Australian Government initiative led by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in partnership with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Gavin worked with the MCA for over a decade (2010-2021) as General Manager Safety, Workforce and Innovation Skills, Health and Safety. During this time, he advanced policy and advocacy in workforce skills, health and safety for over 80 corporate members ranging from multinational corporations to regional explorers. Gavin also held the role of Executive Director of the Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) responsible for the development of numerous nationally collaborative programs and initiatives in higher education, vocational education and training, skills and workforce planning, professional development, and research and innovation on behalf of the Australian minerals industry.

In 2013, Gavin was awarded the LH Martin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Leadership for his work promoting minerals education in Australia. Gavin a Registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  Gavin also holds a Mine Manager’s certificate of competency for coal mines.

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