QUEENSLAND mining executive Charlie Sartain has been awarded the Queensland Resources Council Medal for his services to the industry in recognition of his support for education and training.
Premier Campbell Newman presented the award to Mr Sartain on Tuesday (Nov 19) at the Queensland Resources Council annual lunch held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Mr Sartain started his career in 1983 with MIM Holdings Ltd as a mining engineer and rose to the rank of chief executive of Xstrata's global copper business.
His career saw him rise through the MIM ranks in Mount Isa, serve as the general manager of both the Ernest Henry copper mine near Cloncurry and the Ravenswood gold mine, and run a copper mine in Argentina.
Mr Sartain was elected to the Queensland Resources Council Board in 2004, serving for two years as QRC vice-president.
He was a driving force behind the formation of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy which is widely regarded as Australia's leading example of an industry-school partnership.