Respected figure in mining and energy industries appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide

Friday, 6 March 1998

A senior figure in Australia's minerals and energy industries has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.

Mr Bruce Webb, former Director-General of the South Australian Department of Mines and Energy and former Managing Director of Poseidon Limited Group, was appointed to the position by the University's Council this afternoon.

Mr Webb is Convenor of the University's Finance Committee and has been a member of the University Council since 1995. He succeeds Mr Bill Scammell, who retired from the position late last year.

Mr Webb is an Executive Consultant to the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy, a consultant to the Australian Mineral Foundation, a Director of Frontier Exploration Limited and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian minerals and energy industries.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mary O'Kane, welcomed the appointment.

"Mr Webb's impressive mix of experience in education, industry and the public sector will be invaluable in a period in which the University of Adelaide seeks to establish itself as one of the world's leading universities," she said.

Mr Webb has extensive private and public sector experience. He was Director-General of the SA Department of Mines and Energy from 1972 to 1983, and from 1983 to 1988 he was Managing Director of Poseidon Limited Group.

Previously he held a number of positions in industry and the public sector, beginning as a geologist and advancing to exploration manager.

Mr Webb has served on numerous government and professional bodies, including the Bureau of Mineral Resources (now AGSO), where he was Chairman of the Advisory Council for five years.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

He has been appointed Chancellor for a four-year term.


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