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With an extensive national and international career in resource development, technology research and executive management, in both industry and government, Richard has worked with a number of international resource companies including BHP, Newcrest, Iluka and WMC.

He has a PhD in economic geology and career experience in exploration-geoscience, chemical engineering, R&D portfolio management, business development, government policy and corporate planning. His early career included research into new exploration concepts with BHP and into the chemistry and industrial processes of cement manufacture with Blue Circle Industries.

For the last 10 years he has been with the Victorian government, most recently as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Primary Industries. Responsibilities included the geological survey, energy technology innovation, energy policy, investment attraction and the regulation of mining, oil and gas and pipelines. Richard has played a leadership role in government action in technology development for climate change mitigation, in both renewable energy and low emission fossil fuel strategies.


  • –present
    CEO, Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC)


  • 1980 
    Imperial College - London University, PhD/Economic Geology

Research Areas

  • Geology Not Elsewhere Classified (040399)
  • Carbon Capture Engineering (Excl. Sequestration) (090401)
  • Carbon Sequestration Science (050301)