Michael Gavin

Acting Chief Services Officer

Chief People Officer and Chief Executive Team Member

Michael Gavin is Russell Mineral Equipment’s Chief People Officer and member of the Chief Executive Team (CET) – a role that is both leader and mentor to our people, and custodian of the culture that is the very essence of RME.

Michael oversees the People and Systems Group which incorporates Human Resources, Quality, Information Services, Project Management, Change Management, Facilities Management, Learning and Development, and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). This critical leadership position ensures that not only does RME have an exceptional team of engaged professionals empowered to deliver a Customer-first mandate, but that they also have the advanced collaboration tools, specialised resources and agile platforms needed to support innovation across the RME business and ultimately in the comminution operations of the Customer.

A key focus for Michael is the preservation of RME’s genuinely authentic culture of community, even as it grows globally, and ensuring the team is Customer-focused, creative, productive and purpose-driven – values that make a meaningful difference to employees and RME Customers all over the world. In partnership with the Chief Executive Team and senior leaders, he works to drive a true sense of connection to RME’s strategic objectives as the company strengthens its core RME Mill Relining System products and services, and extends its highly-advanced automation capabilities for the world’s most sophisticated mineral processing operations.

Michael has over 20 years’ proven experience in senior human resources leadership roles in the Australian and international mining sectors. Michael came to RME from Rio Tinto where he held the roles of Head of Employee Relations and General Manager Human Resources. During this period Michael was also seconded to Oyu Tolgoi LLC in Mongolia – a joint-venture copper and gold development project by the Government of Mongolia and Turquoise Hill Resources (of which Rio Tinto owns 51%) – as General Manager, People and Organisation. Michael also gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise as he developed through senior human resources management positions with BHP Billiton from 2006 through to 2011 including General Manager Human Resources for BHP Mitsui Coal as part of BHP’s Queensland Coal business, and HR Manager Services with the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). Michael has an Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accredited Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Charles Sturt University.

Michael is also currently acting in the role of Chief Services Officer, overseeing the RME Group which extends to RME’s Regional General Managers (RGMs), Regional Staff and Support, Asset Support, and Mill Relining Optimisation and Consulting services.