11/05/2022 - 09:51

Tomkinson appointed CEO at CME

11/05/2022 - 09:51

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Rebecca Tomkinson will start as chief executive at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia in the coming months, the first woman to hold the role in the chamber's history.

Tomkinson appointed CEO at CME
Rebecca Tomkinson will start in her new role in coming months. Photo: David Henry.

Rebecca Tomkinson will start as chief executive at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia in the coming months, the first woman to hold the role in the chamber's 122-year history.

CME president Fiona Hick announced Ms Tomkinson's appointment this morning, saying she was selected with full support from the chamber.

Ms Tomkinson is replacing Paul Everingham, who had been chief executive at CME since June 2018.

She has been the chief executive at the Royal Flying Doctor Service for more than four years.

"I'm an incredibly proud West Australian, a country kid who grew up in the regions," Ms Tomkinson said.

"I've spent a career really developing the state of WA, I've got a lifelong interest in regional development and economic development.

"What I see is the opportunity to partner with the industry and the members of the chamber to really leave the industry in a stronger place than the place that I'm inheriting today."

Fiona Hick (left) and Rebecca Tomkinson at the announcement today. Photo: David Henry

Ms Tomkinson said her first step as chief executive would be to get to know every member of the CME closely.

"The very first thing I'm planning to do is to spend time with the team here at CME, who I have admired at a distance," she said.

"But most importantly, to spend time with all of our members, really being able to immerse deeply in the industry.

"It's an exciting time to be able to be part of the new opportunities in the industry, with more than $156 billion of development in the pipeline."

Ms Tomkinson said she was looking forward to working with the industry in regards to sustainability.

"We are moving towards a net zero emissions and the industry's talked about its alignment with the Paris Agreement and the opportunities that the decarbonisation would bring in hydrogen," she said.

"The use of our rare and critical minerals, there's extraordinary providence for this industry globally and the world is looking to us to be able to deliver those resources in a sustainable way."

Ms Tomkinson will also be looking to tackle challenges such as addressing the parliamentary inquiry into sexual assault in the fly-in, fly-out sector.

"The working group the industry has formed of more than 50 members looking at safe and respectable behaviours, aligning alongside the Minerals Council of Australia in being able to stop sexual harrasment in the industry," she said.

"This is a part that we need to come together to continue to work on. I think the industry has absolutely shown its commitment to be able to put in place the recommendations as they come out from that parliamentary inquiry."

Ms Tomkinson is also the chair of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, a board member of Infrastructure WA and president of the WA State Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

Mr Everingham's tenure at the chamber will end on May 31, with CME policy and advocacy director Rob Carruthers to fill the chief executive role in an interim capacity before Ms Tomkinson starts.

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