Professor David Brereton was appointed as foundation Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland in late 2001 and held this position until mid-2012. During his tenure, CSRM grew into a world-leading centre of research expertise on the social challenges facing the mining and minerals sector. Professor Brereton then moved to the position of Deputy Director of Research Integration in the CSRM’s parent body, the Sustainable Minerals Institute, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of the minerals industry. Since mid-2015 he has taken a new role on, as the Director of People Centres, with responsibility for CSRM and Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC). He has since been awarded with the title of Emeritus Professor by the University of Queensland.

Professor Brereton is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University. He has over 35 years of experience working in the university and government sectors in Australia and has held several senior research management roles.

In addition to a strong record of engagement with the Australian mining industry, Professor Brereton has worked in Latin America, South Africa, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Mongolia. Organisations he has undertaken work for a wide range of organisations including: The World Bank, IFC, the Australian and Queensland Governments, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, Xstrata, Newcrest Mining, MMG Limited, BG Group, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Minerals Council of Australia.