Mr Sneddon has over 40 years experience in facets of the Queensland and NSW resource sectors. He has had develop and operated both underground and open cut mines and has had work for Coal & Allied in the Hunter Valley and from 1997 worked in a role in the NSW Mines Inspectorate, covering operations in all forms of mining in the state. Mr Sneddon serves the position of Chief Operating Officer with Shell Coal which was acquired by Anglo American's Australian coal operations the following year. Leaving as CEO in 2007, he held Board positions with mining and infrastructure companies including Chairman of the operating company at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal near Mackay and Director of Port Waratah Coal Services, a coal export facility at Newcastle. Mr Sneddon has also been a Member of the Boards of the Queensland, NSW and National Mining Councils. His expertise has been sought by government committees such as the NSW Mine Subsidence Board, NSW Mines Rescue Board, Queensland Ministerial Coal Mine Safety Advisory Committee and the joint federal/state advisory committee.