Chief Inspector of Mines appointed

November 6, 2018 JOHN NINNESS

A new Chief inspector of Mines has been formally appointed to the NSW Resources Regulator (NSWRR).

Garvin Burns, who has acted in the role for the past 10 months, has been appointed to the role.

The Chief Inspector is one of the NSWRRs most critical roles, which in addition to leading the mine safety inspectorate, provides expert technical advice and support to the Deputy Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in relation to operational delivery, regulatory actions and compliance performance in relation to mine safety.

Garvin has over 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of management roles in the mining industry in both NSW and Queensland.

Garvin joined the Department in 2013 and has been a key contributor in helping to reform and contemporise the NSW mining safety regulations, and of note was pivotal in establishing Targeted Assessment and Planned Inspection Programs.

Having now been appointed to the role, Garvin will be looking to further refine and consolidate the way the Department conducts proactive activities and engages and communicates with industry.

The appointment of Garvin marks the final stage of the NSWRR recent executive reforms.

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