A lot of people outside the mining industry tend to see it as all about whacking on a hard hat and rolling around in an oversized truck. But there’s a whole bunch of fascinating people in mining doing interesting and sometimes surprising things. Mick Gerrard is definitely one of them.
Mick’s journey has taken him from Brissy boy with an interest in chemistry to Business Development Manager at the global mining services powerhouse of Intertek based in Perth, via Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania just for starters. Mick’s story is one that really highlights the fact that mining is not just hard hats and Tonka trucks but a broad and inclusive church that offers people with all sorts of talents and interests a world of opportunities.
Here’s where this episode takes us:
- How Mick’s mining career took shape and evolved
- Why combining work and study is an attractive option
- The journey from the lab to sinking shafts and back
- Going off to darkest Africa as a young bloke
- What attracted him to Intertek
- An insight into Intertek, what they do and how they do it
- The importance of building relationships
- The value of tough conversations and asking the right questions
- Thoughts on innovation, robotics and the future of the industry
- Graduate opportunities at Intertek