QMRS Staff

DAVID CAREY

Chief Executive Officer

David commenced as CEO for Queensland Mines Rescue Service in December 2014. Previously a mining engineer with 41 years of experience in underground and surface coal mining, he has held roles in general management, mine planning and management in NSW, QLD and Indonesia. David’s qualifications include BE (Min) Hon, statutory qualifications including Mine Deputy, Undermanager, Coal Mine Manager and Queensland Site Senior Executive, GAICD and an MBA in Technology Management.

Spending 6 years as an active Mines Rescue team member, David gained his operational and technical experience in most forms of underground coal mining both in NSW and QLD as well as technical and management roles in surface coal mines in NSW, QLD and Indonesia.

David spent 5 years with the NSW government as a Coal Mines Inspector, Senior Inspector and Area Manager leading the extractive industry's Safety Advisory Committee and as a member of the Coal Mines Undermanager's Qualifications Assessor's Panel.


TIM JACKSON

General Manager Operations

Tim commenced with QMRS in February 2019 in the role of General Manager of Operations. He has 48 years’ experience in the coal industry, nationally and internationally, having worked at mines in the Northern, Southern and Western coalfields of New South Wales, the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, Indonesia and the United States of America. Tim was an active member of mines rescue in NSW and Qld for 10 years.

He has held a variety of operational and corporate positions during that time, including Mine Mechanical Engineer, Maintenance Manager, Undermanager In Charge, Production Manager, Longwall Manager, Mine Manager, General Mine Manager, Inspector of Mines and Corporate Risk Manager.

Tim holds qualifications in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class Certificates of Competency (Qld and NSW), Mine Mechanical Engineers Certificate of Competency (NSW), Ventilation Officer (Qld), Shotfirer (Qld and NSW), a Masters Degree in Business and Technology (MBT) from the UNSW and is a fellow in the AusIMM.


MARK FREEMAN

Operations Manager

Mark leads the way with the Training Portfolio specialising in underground operations training and mine emergency management. Mark's mines rescue career began in 1984 at the Collinsville Station, joining QMRS full time in 2005. With more than 30 years in underground mining combined with substantial mines rescue experience, Mark offers an abundance of experience and knowledge in emergency response and occupational health and safety management to QMRS.

Mark's responsibility is to oversee the QMRS underground operations portfolio, managing the Blackwater Station and expanding training business opportunities. Mark's mining experience includes operations, HST, emergency response in both surface and underground mining operations, as well as being a Lieutenant in the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.


CLIVE HANRAHAN

Operations Manager

The Mine Inertisation Unit (MIU) being Clive’s main focus and specialising in firefighting, he is currently the QMRS Spokesperson on inertisation and fire operations. Clive's mines rescue career began in July 1984, which followed with him joining QMRS in December 2003 as an Operational Manager. His 31 years of experience in both surface and underground mining brings further knowledge and experience in mine emergency response and safety management to QMRS.

Clive's responsibilities include the management, training and inertisation operations with the MIU, including system development and competency of mines rescue team members.

Clive's experience includes mining, workplace health and safety, mines rescue team member, auxiliary fire officer, risk management and rope rescue training and instructing. Clive's qualifications include health and safety, instructing, risk management, systems auditor, training officer and ventilation officer.


BRENT STEWART

Operations Manager

Responsible for rescue equipment service and maintenance systems, Brent began his underground career in 2002 gaining valuable experience at a number of mines throughout the Bowen Basin in various roles including an Underground Operator, Control Room Operator with Gas Chromatography, Fire Officer and the Mines Rescue / Emergency Response Coordinator.

He started with QMRS in 2012 as a Training Instructor where he gained additional skills and experience in mines rescue operations and procedures which he could then pass on to team members. In 2016, Brent took on the role of Operations Manager responsible for the Equipment portfolio.

Brent's skills and knowledge also include lead auditor, ventilation officer competency, certified trainer, advanced first aid along with supervisory and risk management qualifications.


RAY SMITH

Operations Manager

Providing opportunities for Mine Emergency Management System (MEMS) training and other numerous operational responsibilities, Ray's passion and focus on the pride and principles of mines rescue and his commitment to mines rescue saw him appointed to the position of Operations Manager with QMRS. Ray has over 20 years experience in the coal industry, beginning at Newlands Coal in 1998 and on to Oaky Creek Coal in 2002-2011. His previous duties have included ERZ controller, fire officer, shot firer and site safety health representative.

Ray's qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Risk Management, Advanced Diploma in Emergency Management and Mines Rescue Coordinator, Deputy Qualification Class 3 ticket, Diploma in Underground Mining and Diploma in Business Management, Training and Assessing and Occupational First Aid.


MIKE WALKER

Operations Manager

In the position of Operations Manager being responsible for the Training portfolio specialising in surface mine training, Mike's career in the mining industry began in 1997 employed as a contractor where he worked in both surface and underground operations. After the completion of his apprenticeship as a Boilermaker, he gained hands-on experience as a tradesman and as a plant operator. He has worked at many sites including Cook Colliery, both Oaky Mines, Central, Southern, and Crinum as an operator and has held supervisory roles for many different contractors. Mike started employment at BMA Crinum Mine at the end of 2003 and joined QMRS as an active team member in 2006. At this time, he also became an active member of the Gregory Mine ERT team. Mike was involved with outbye, development and the longwall during his time at Crinum until the mine closed at the end of 2015.

Mike has been enthusiastically involved with numerous competitions initially as a team member, vice captain and then on to team captain for both underground and surface. Mike has had the opportunity to represent his state and country in rescue competitions in both underground and surface rescue operations. He also gained his Certificate III in Emergency Response and Rescue, gaining invaluable experience and notable skills through owning his own business performing ERT surface mines rescue training for over 5 years.

Mike joined QMRS in 2015 as the Senior Training Officer and was promoted in his current role of Operations Manager in 2020.


STEVE DAWE

Risk Manager

Steve is currently the Risk Manager with Queensland Mines Rescue Service responsible for the Workplace Health and Safety portfolio. This includes implementing and maintaining the safety and health management system, implementing environmental policy and procedures and facilitating the risk management and audit requirements to maintain WHS compliance at the mine rescue stations. Steve was previously Operations Manager for underground training which involved training team members in emergency response procedures, mines rescue team operations, breathing apparatus (BG4 and CABA), fire team operations, casualty extrication and atmospheric sampling and monitoring. Steve has attained qualifications in risk management, emergency management, WHS and is currently studying a Bachelor of Emergency Management to supplement his education degree.

He has 11 years' experience working in the coal mining industry and has held positions in emergency response, safety and training and the statutory role of Fire Officer at Oaky Creek No.1 Mine and Oaky North Mine.

Steve is also currently fulfilling the role of Chief Assessor at QMRS, responsible for managing and implementing all underground mines rescue competitions.


TRENT MACDONALD

Business Manager

Trent commenced with QMRS in July 2020 in his current position of Business Manager. He possesses a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge gained from holding a variety of positions ranging from an Operations Manager to a Managing Director whilst working throughout QLD, NSW and South Africa.

Trent holds qualifications in information technology, business, safety and accounting along with national high risk licences, height safety equipment inspection tickets and security/investigation licences.

Trent is a member of the Australian Institute of Directors, the Master Builder Association and holds a Certificate of Authority in Queensland.


IAN BROWN

Project Manager

Ian started with QMRS in June 2018. A Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Ian has worked as a Surface SSE, Underground Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, CHPP Manager, LW 100 (Business Improvement) Manager and Underground MEM. He worked as an Engineer at Stanwell during construction as a consultant on port, CHPP and underground construction projects and has also managed longwall overhauls and moves. He has also managed an aero derivative gas turbine power installation.

Ian worked as an airleg miner and bogger driver in Kalgoorlie in Lake View shaft and Mt Isa. He completed an adult apprenticeship in winders and workshops at Mt Isa before moving onto exploration drill rigs in the NT and as an underground shotfirer.

Ian has served in the Australian Army, MIM Fire and Rescue and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service as an Auxiliary Fire Fighter. Ian has been a representative on various industries, Wardens Enquiry and Australian Standards committees.