The Chief Executive of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, Tim Shanahan, has accepted an appointment at The University of Western Australia as Director (Energy and Minerals Initiative).
“The appointment of Tim Shanahan reflects The University of Western Australia’s commitment to supporting the minerals and energy industry in WA and also the nation,” UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson said.
“Establishing this key role reflects UWA’s recognition of the need to maintain a dynamic, innovative and strategically focused relationship with the industries that are driving Australia’s economic and social wellbeing,” he said.
Through his leadership role with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Mr Shanahan, a UWA law graduate, has earned a reputation as an influential advocate of the State’s resource industry in an important era of resource trade growth of the North East Asian and Indian Ocean rim with Western Australia.
Professor Robson said Mr Shanahan would be charged with providing strategic advice on energy and minerals related matters; leadership in the promotion and coordination of teaching and research across the University; in attracting external research funding, industry and government partnerships; and, higher degree research and coursework enrolments.
“Mr Shanahan’s role as Director (Energy and Minerals Initiative) at UWA will be to build upon and strengthen the substantial achievements of the University in outstanding teaching and research on which many of our resource industries rely.”
Professor Robson said UWA’s culture of responsiveness and flexibility in relationships with external partners and key stakeholders still retained the integrity, standards and the quality of outcomes which have sustained the University’s reputation over almost a century.
"For the University to attract the services of such a key industry leader at time of significant growth and development in the energy and resources industry is particularly pleasing in that it also marks the standing of the University within this very important sector,” he said.
Professor Robson said UWA had developed long and productive relationships with resources sector since its establishment in 1911. As a member of Australia’s Group of Eight Australian research-intensive universities, the University offers industry a national and international perspective of quality and integrity.