Mining Leaders Program 2018

20 April 2018

This program is designed specifically to enable discipline managers to successfully make the transition from Technical Specialist to a General Manager either at site or corporate level.

The University of Queensland with UQ Business School, Executive Education and the Sustainable Minerals Institute are partnering for the 2018 Mining Leaders Program (MLP) commencing in June 2018. 

We build the mining general management capabilities required to optimise operational performance through leading incremental and transformational change.


Applications for 2018 are still being accepted. To begin your MLP journey in 2018, contact SMI Transformational Learning.

Applications Due: Saturday 12th May 2018
Module 1 | Online: 18th June - 27th July 2018
Module 2 | *Workshop: 30th July - 3rd August 2018
Module 3 | Online: 20th August - 19th November 2018
Module 4 | *Workshop: 22nd October - 26th October 2018
*Workshops are held in Brisbane, Australia.

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Pathway to UQ Business School Executive Education Programs 

For the first time in 2018, completion of the Mining Leaders Program will offer 4 units credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (GCEL) for participants who meet University eligibility criteria. 

Completion of a further two courses from the GCEL program list will not only lead to this qualification, but also provide a pathway and up to 6 units credit (depending on courses chosen) towards UQ's highly-regarded MBA program. 

Learn more about MLP 2018

"MLP will enable me to take a holistic approach to life and see the bigger picture.”

Cameron McGregor is the Brisbane based Manager Business Innovation for Ok Tedi Mining and recent graduate of the Mining Leaders Program. Cameron was the 2017 winner of the Mathew Awari Award, an award presented to the participant who contributes to the culture, well-being and community spirit within the cohort, as nominated by their peers.

For Cameron, the award was even more special. Mathew Awari was a long serving manager at Ok Tedi and a member of the inaugural MLP cohort in 2014. His untimely passing in January 2015 prompted the MLP leaders to honour Mathew’s significant contribution to the program with an annual award.

Cameron McGregor (centre) with MLP alumni Harry Hardy (2015) and Chris Gentle (2015). 

“I feel very honoured to receive this award, especially one named for the late Mathew Awari. He meant a great deal to my company, and it feels food to be able to take this home to Ok Tedi,” Cameron told the Ok Tedi Weng inhouse newsletter.

For Cameron, the highlights of the MLP program were the fellow cohort and the opportunities within the program to network and develop ongoing relationships, the embedded Corporate Athlete focus, sessions on company boards and expectations and roles of General Managers, as well as safety shares and a renewed value on learning and engaging with research.

MLP 2017 had participants from South America, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Australia, representing a range of mining companies and learning institutes.

Companies who have benefited from the Mining Leaders Program include:

Acacia Mining 



Anglo American




Ok Tedi Mining

Resolute Mining



Rio Tinto 



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