New focus for Professor David Brereton

21 Oct 2011

SMI is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Brereton to a newly created position in the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) of “Deputy Director – Research Integration”.

Professor Brereton will transition to this new role from his current position as Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the end of 2011.

In this new role of SMI Deputy Director – Research Integration, Professor Brereton will drive the development and delivery of key SMI Strategic Plan initiatives including NextMine and NextWorkforce.

Professor Brereton will also hold a Professorial Chair in Minerals Industry Community Relations where approximately half of his time will be spent on supporting CSRM research and education activities.

As the founding Director, Professor Brereton has led CSRM from a two person Centre in 2001, into the 30 strong Staff and Centre which has achieved international recognition for its work in improving the social performance of resources companies through research, teaching and advisory services.

As an industry pioneer, Professor Brereton and the CSRM Team have shaped sustainable practice and established global standards in several areas including human rights, gender and mining, community development, conflict management, socio-economic monitoring, indigenous relationships, governance, social impact assessment and cumulative impacts.

Professor Brereton’s extensive experience will not be lost, because although no longer having a senior management role in the Centre, he will continue to provide vital input into CSRM’s research direction and agenda.

This experience will also enable him along with Professor Ben Adair, SMI Deputy Director - Technical, Professor Chris Moran and the SMI Centre Directors, to continue to provide senior leadership across sustainability research in the community, technical and environmental challenges facing the global minerals sector.

SMI has launched a global search for the CSRM Director position to build upon the strong foundations set by Professor Brereton and lead the Centre through its next phase of development.