Stephen Durkin

Chief Executive Officer, AusIMM

Stephen Durkin is Chief Executive of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

The AusIMM is the peak body for resources professionals in the resources sector. We are a Not for Profit (NFP) member-based professional association. We were founded in 1893 and operate under Royal Charter to uphold industry and community standards and provide professional recognition and development. We represent members drawn from all parts of the market, supported by a broad network of branches and societies in Australasia and internationally.

Since being appointed as CEO in May 2017, the AusIMM has embarked on a major reform to be a more contemporary, inclusive and externally focused organisation. We are building a stronger external brand to better represent all professionals working across all parts of the mining industry. Our flagship strategy is to be the ‘Trusted Voice’ of Resources Professionals.

Stephen has extensive experience in association management and business leadership, as both an Executive and Director. He has an MBA as well as an Honours degree in Civil Engineering from Monash University.

Stephen initially worked as a structural engineer in Australia, Canada and Asia, and was Victorian Young Engineer of the Year in 1993. Stephen has been named on several occasions as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers and was Monash University Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2014. He has been on the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Industry 4.0 and is a Victorian Government Club Melbourne Ambassador.

Before joining the AusIMM, Stephen was CEO of Engineers Australia for five years, leading the 100,000 member association through a widely-applauded transformation which saw the introduction of a new National Engineering Register and a ten-fold increase in EA’s media profile. Prior to a career in professional associations, Stephen spent 15 years at National Australia Bank in a number of executive roles including NSW State Manager, Retail Banking.

This broad background covering leadership, marketing, corporate strategy as well as government, media and community relations has shaped Stephen’s view that associations could and should play a more vital role in the Australian corporate landscape. The AusIMM is committed to playing a stronger leadership role to raise the profile of the critical work of resources professionals to shape a better future for the Australian resources sector and ensure our reputation as a world-class mining nation.

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