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2002 News Archive

New CEO for CRC For Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration

The Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME) will have a new CEO from November 2002.

Dr R. Dennis Gee, currently Director of the Northern Territory Geological Survey, will move to the Perth headquarters of CRC LEME in early November to take on the role of CEO. CRC LEME has approximately 100 scientists in nine partners and three major nodes – Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.

Dr Gee studied Geology at the University of Tasmania and has extensive experience in exploration geology and the gold, nickel, copper and zinc mining industries. He is well known in geological circles for his work as Supervising Geologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, leading a large team of geologists recording the State’s Precambrian geology.

He has considerable management experience with the Western Australian Government and in 1985-87 chaired the Collie Land Use Working Group which reported to the WA State Cabinet on proposals for developing the Collie Basin.

He is a recipient of the Geological Society of WA Gibb-Maitland Medal, a former Exploration Manager and Technical Director of former international gold and alumina producer Reynolds Australia Metals, and more recently General Manager (WA) for MIM Exploration Pty Ltd.

He will take over the reins of CRC LEME from its founder and former Chief Executive Officer, CSIRO scientist Dr Ray Smith (who stepped down from the position in July to resume his research interests with CSIRO Exploration and Mining), and its current Acting CEO, and Deputy CEO from November 2002 , Mr Paul Wilkes.

Announcing Dr Gee’s appointment the Chairman of the CRC LEME Board, Dr Ross Fardon, said the new CEO had a distinguished career as Deputy Director of the Geological Survey of Western Australia, as a general manager of several mining companies, and more recently as Director of the Geological Survey of the Northern Territory, which he had helped transform.

“Under Dr Gee the CRC LEME will continue its program of cooperation with researchers and services to all of our users, continuing our focus on more effective mineral exploration, remediation of dryland salinity, and landscape management from the coast to the arid interior,” Dr Fardon said.

Dr Gee said he looked forward to taking up his appointment in early November, developing productive alliances, and focusing on the growing application of a burgeoning knowledge of the earth’s regolith to a wider spectrum of industry and land use issues.


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