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Mick Roche


Stewardship Matters Pty Ltd
ACN 143 151 982




Tertiary Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Geosciences
Macquarie University  (June 1984)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marine Geology
Flinders University (December 1976)
Commodity Experience

Experience in the exploration and/or the resources management of:

  • iron ore
  • manganes
  • coal
  • diamonds
  • silver
  • lead
  • zinc
  • copper
  • uranium
  • nickel
  • gold
  • bauxite
Professional Experience
  • Sept 2004 to June 2010  
Global Manager Stewardship, BHP Billiton
  • Jan 2001 to Sept 2004
Stewardship-BHP Billiton Cannington
  • Sept 1995 to Jan 2001
Manager Safety, Environment & External Affairs, BHP Minerals Cannington
  • Feb 1992 to Sept 1995
Site Manager, Cannington, BHP Minerals
  • May 1989 to Feb 1992     
Officer in Charge, BHP Exploration Pillara
  • Sept 1985 to May 1989  
Officer in Charge, BHP Exploration Kalgoorlie
  • Aug 1979 to Sept 1985
Exploration geologist, BHP (Whyalla/Adelaide)
  • Aug 1978 to Aug 1979
Mine Geologist BHP (Whyalla)
  • May 1977 to Aug 1978
Exploration Geologist, Esso Minerals (SA/NT)
  • Dec 1976 to May 1977
Research Assistant, Flinders University of SA
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Professional Memberships
  • Fellow of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Chartered Practicing Manager
  • Member Justices Association of Queensland (since 1995)
  • Justice of the Peace (Commissioner for Declarations) since 1995
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Industry Representations
  • Responsible Jewellery Council (Co-chair Standards Committee 2008-2010, Member of Executive Committee 2007 - 2010, member people Committee 2009 - 2010)
  • International Lead and Zinc Study Group – Advisor to Australian Government (2000-2004) Member of Industry Advisory Panel (2002-2004)
  • International Silver Research Consortium (Founding Chairman, 2002 - 2004)
  • Global Lead Forum (Founding Chairman 2001-2003)
  • Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (Director 1999-2004)
  • REACH Voluntary Lead Risk Assessment – LDAI Risk Assessment Working Group (member 2002-2004)
  • International Lead Zinc Research Organisation (Director 1999-2004)
  • Lead Development Association International (Director 1999-2004)
  • International Lead Management Centre (Director 1999-2004)
  • Australian Uranium Association (Director 2006 – 2009)
  • World Nuclear Association (Chairman of Uranium Stewardship Working Group 2006 – 2010)
  • Minerals Council of Australia (Member of Stewardship Working Group 2006 – 2010)
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Professional and Community Representations
  • James Cook University Centre for Native Title Studies (Professional Reference Group member affiliated to the Advisory Board of the Centre, 2002-2004)
  • James Cook University Economic Geology Research Unit (Board Chairman 2000-2002)
  • North Queensland Branch of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Chairman 1998 - 2003)
  • Cleveland Bay Consortium (Founding Chairman 1997 - 2003)
  • Port of Townsville Environmental Working Group (Founding Chairman 1997 - 2002)
  • Engineering Link Group Ltd (Director 2002 - 2004)
  • Queensland Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council (Deputy Chairman 2000 – April 2002)
  • Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum – Community Advisory Committee (2001-2004)
  • North West Queensland Development Initiative (Principal 2000-2002)
  • Queensland Mining Council (Member of the Environment, Indigenous Affairs and Education Reference Group Committees 1996-2004)
  • Georgina-Diamantina Water Resource Plan – Community Reference Panel (representing the mining industry –  2002-2004)
  • University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (Advisory Board member, 2002-2004)
  • Northwest Queensland Indigenous Awareness Course Trust (trustee since 2001)
  • Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone (2000-2004)
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  • 2002 – AusIMM Branch Service Award
  • 2000 – BHP Environment & Community Award
  • 1999 - Public Relations Institute of Australia Award - Outstanding Communicator
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  • “Stewardship” (2006) - booklet published as part of the Australian Government’s Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry – member of the working group
  • Roche, M, & Toyne, P, (2003) ““Green Lead”- oxymoron or sustainable development for the lead-acid battery industry?” Journal of Power Sources, vol 133, pp3-7
  • Roche, M, Toyne, P, Haylock, B & Payne, T (2003) “Green Lead – a product stewardship discussion paper”, available at www.greenlead.com
  • Harman, J, Barrett, S and Roche, M (1998) “Water supply at Cannington” Mining Environment Management Journal vol1, pp9-12
  • Roche, M (2003) “Silver in the Mitchell Grass Plains of Northwest Queensland” AusIMM Bulletin June 2003
  • Roche, M. T., (1994), The Cannington silver-lead-zinc deposit at feasibility, in Hallenstein, C. P., ed., Proceedings 1994 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Annual Conference, Darwin: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, p. 193-197
  • Tompkins, L, Rayner, M., Groves, D and Roche, M (1994) “Evaporites: in situ sulfur source for rhythmically banded ore in the Cadjebut Mississippi Valley-type Zn-Pb Deposit, Western Australia” Economic Geology vol 89 pp 467-492
  • Tompkins, L, Pdeone, V, Roche, M and Groves, D (1994) “The Cadjebut deposit as an example of Mississippi Valley-type mineralization on the Lennard Shelf, Western Australia – single episode or multiple events?” Economic Geology, vol 89, pp450-466
  • Nicholl, R, Laurie, J & Roche, M (1993) “Revised stratigraphy of the Ordovician (Late Tremadoc-Arenig) prices Creek Group and Devonian Poulton Formation, Lennar Shelf, Canning Basin, Western Australia”, AGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics vol 14(1), 65-76
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  • Roche, M (2007) “Carbon steel materials stewardship – a sustainability opportunity for APEC economies” presentation given at Stewardship-life cycle relationship workshop as part of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Mining meeting, Perth Western Australia, February 2007
  • Roche, M (2006)Uranium stewardship – taking up the challenge”
    presentation given at the Minerals Council of Australia Sustainable Development Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November 2006
  • Roche, M (2006) “Engaging and working with Corporates in building community/corporate relationships”
    presentation given at Building capacity and enhancing leadership within communities – a 2 day program presented by Volunteering North Queensland, 12th/13th October 2006
  • Roche, M (2005) “Product Stewardship – what, why and how?”
    presentation given at the Minerals Council of Australia Sustainable Development Conference, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, November 2005
  • Roche, M (2005) “Green Lead – the pilots take off”
    presentation given at 11th Asian Battery Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 2005
  • Roche, M (2005) "Product stewardship and green cities - a practical, down-to-earth plan for the planet"
    presentation given at World Environment Day, Townsville, Queensland, 5th June 2005
  • Roche, M, & Toyne, P, (2003) “Green Lead”- oxymoron or sustainable development for the lead-acid battery industry?”
    Presentation given at the 10th Asian Battery Conference, Bangkok, September 2003
  • Roche, M & Toyne, P (2003) “Green lead – a new approach to product stewardship”
    presentation given at the 14th International Lead Conference, Frankfurt: 21-22 October 2003
  • Roche, M (2003) “Ledfrey at Cannington”
    presentation given at the 14th International Lead Conference, Frankfurt: 21-22 October 2003
  • Roche, M (2003) “Cannington growth project”
    presentation given at the International Lead Zinc Study Group meeting, Rome, Italy, October 2003
  • Milligan, I, Huxley, W and Roche, M (2003) “A mine and its neighbours – delivering sustainable water resource management”
    presentation given at Water in Mining Conference, Brisbane, Queensland October 2003
  • Roche, M (2003) “Green lead – changing the practices rather than changing the image”
    Presentation given at the “Marketing and Communications Conference”, Gold Coast Australia July 2003
  • Roche, M (2002), “Green Lead”
    presentation to the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, Melbourne, Victoria Australia. February 2002
  • Roche, M (2002), “Green Lead – a Cannington initiative”
    presentation given at Economic and Environment Committee International Lead and Zinc Study Group Stockholm Sweden, October 2002
  • Roche, M (2002), “ Earth, earthlings and earnings – a new approach to sustainable development in the mining industry”
    presentation given at the Environment Institute of Australia 14th Annual National Conference, Brisbane Australia, August 2002
  • Roche, M (2002), “Broadening our horizons”
    presentation given at the Minerals Council of Australia Sustainable Development Conference, Port Kembla, New South Wales Australia, November 2002
  • Roche, M (2002), “ Best practice stakeholder communication and involvement: the shift to Corporate stewardship”
    presentation given at Corporate Reputation Management Conference, Sydney, New South Wales Australia, May 2002
  • Roche, M (2002), “The World Wildlife Fund scorecards the Australian Mining industry - how BHP Billiton responded at Cannington”
    presentation to the 74th Annual Meeting of the Lead Industries Association, Arlington Virginia USA, March 2002
  • Roche, M (2002) “Stewardship and the Great Artesian Basin: the Cannington perspective
    presentation to GABFest, Toowoomba, Queensland, March 2002
  • Roche, M (2002) “BHP Billiton: working towards the sustainable development of North Queensland” presentation to AEC Economic Outlook Conference, Townsville Queensland, June 2002
  • Roche, M (2001), “Community reporting on environmental performance – the Cannington experience”, presentation given at the 13th International Lead Conference, Brussels, June 2001
  • Roche, M (2000) “BHP Cannington – from discovery to the future”
    presentation at the NQ Mining and Exploration Conference, Mount Isa, Queensland April 2000
  • Roche, M (2000) “Prevention is better than cure – a firm belief in 6P principle”
    presentation given at Queensland Mining Council Risk Workshop, Brisbane, Queensland November 2000
  • Roche, M (1999) “Environmental and Occupational Health Issues Facing The Australian Lead Industry “ presentation given at 21st Annual Lead Occupational Health and Environmental Protection Conference, Montana, USA, November 1999
  • Roche, M (1999) “Establishing an Environmental Management System at a Modern Lead Mine: the Cannington Experience”
    presentation given at 21st Annual Lead Occupational Health and Environmental Protection Conference, Montana, USA, November 1999
  • Roche, M & Curtis, D (1999) “Cannington Port Facilities, Townsville Queensland : designing and operating to improve environmental performance” presentation given at Coast & Ports ‘99 - Challenges and Directions for the New Century, Perth, Western Australia, April 1999
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Extracurricular Activities
  • Squash, tennis, bike riding, swimming, golf, walking, red wine and fishing
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