MEC Mining looks to the future: Strategic changes announced at annual industry event

MEC celebrated another great year with invited guests at their annual industry event, held at Brisbane’s Alchemy Restaurant & Bar on 23 October 2019.

The evening was an opportunity to thank clients and supporters, as well as to share exciting changes for MEC.

Evolution of management team

David Plowman welcomed guests, and explained that MEC’s management team is evolving: “To enable MEC to continue to grow whilst providing a high level of service to our clients, we need to have a management structure in place that gives our team the framework and leadership to deliver great outcomes,” he said.

  • David Plowman has been appointed MEC Mining General Manager Growth. “Part of my role will initially entail ensuring the success of our current portfolio of growth projects. I’ll then move into evaluating and developing the next stage of our growth,” he explained.
  • Manager of Consulting Services Christofer Catania has been promoted into the role of General Manager Operations. Catania will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the business, including MEC’s consulting and advisory groups, human resources team, recruitment and IT functions.

Launch of MEC Advisory

MEC’s decision to separate its existing corporate advisory services and launch a standalone advisory arm as a subsidiary of the MEC Mining group was also announced at the event.

“MEC Advisory will operate globally, specialising in the strategic management and evaluation of resources projects, and will be led by accomplished industry veteran James Cooney,” said Plowman.

James Cooney also addressed guests at the event, giving an overview of MEC’s busy and diverse past year of work. “For me personally, it was really exciting to be involved in supporting some international projects in South-East Asia and in Russia. The team’s also been busy in Spain, New Guinea and in Africa, identifying and implementing a whole host of improvement opportunities,” said Cooney.

Western Australia expansion

Newly appointed General Manager Operations Chris Catania shared MEC’s plans to expand into the Western Australian market by opening a Perth office, which will be headed up by experienced mining professional Erin Sweeney.

“Launching MEC WA enables us to better service our extensive client base in Western Australia, to diversify both geographically and across commodities, and to broaden the service offering to our clients across Australia,” said Catania.

MEC Graduate Program

Guests at the event were also informed that MEC’s Graduate Program would continue under the leadership of Principal of Learning and Development Loren Ager. The program, Catania said, “engages us with bright new industry talent and secures a pipeline of quality engineers for MEC into the future.”