Simpson has over 20 years experience in the mining and energy sector, 10 years experience as a geologist and operational manager and extensive experience in government, tenure management and business development.
He was formerly operationsgeneral manager for Coal Face Resources where he played a key role in identifying and evaluating resource opportunities through Queensland, Western Australia and international target generation projects.
Simpson is a qualified geologist with an honours degree in applied science (geology) and a graduate diploma of business administration.
He has co-authored publications on the Surat, Bowen and Yarrol basins in Queensland and has a strong background in coal exploration and business development.
International Coal chairman John Lester said Simpson’s success in various roles in the industry had been demonstrated through key achievements in the publishing of geological works on Queensland geology, the roll-out of government policy and legislation, involvement in due diligence on multi-million dollar gas and coal supply contracts and, more recently, in the delivery of work programs across granted coal exploration tenure.
“International Coal is extremely pleased to welcome Mr Simpson to the role of CEO and look forward to benefiting from his expertise in developing new and existing thermal and coking coal prospects for International Coal in Queensland,” Lester said.
“He brings a wealth of experience in the management of coal tenures, business development and government liaison.”
Hugh Dai, who has resigned from his position of managing director of International Coal, will continue to act as an executive director of the company.