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 States 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 Gees 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 earths regolith
to a wider spectrum of industry and land use issues.