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Appointment of new SACOME CEO

After a search which delivered many high-calibre candidates, the Council of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) is pleased to announce that, Rebecca Knol has accepted the position of CEO at SACOME.

Following the SACOME AGM on 17 November, Rebecca will take over the role from Jason Kuchel who has led the organisation for over 9 years.

SACOME President, Terry Burgess said “The enthusiastic response from the recruitment process has demonstrated that SACOME is held in high regard as the peak resources industry body in South Australia.”

“Rebecca will bring fresh insight to the Chamber, which will build on the already strong foundation to deliver increased benefits to our members, and new directions for the industry,” said Mr Burgess.

Rebecca’s background is working in the mining and oil & gas sectors as a consultant, in addition to roles with mining and gas energy companies in Australia and Africa. With qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science and Business, Rebecca was awarded a Churchill Fellowship researching international trends and practices in mine closure, which led to the development of State and National Guidelines for mine closure planning in Australia.

Her experience in mining operations in Africa and Australia, and gas energy projects in Australia Pacific has given her the opportunity to manage HSE, External Relations & Community Relations teams. In Adelaide, Rebecca was National Manager for Major Projects with Origin Energy and was responsible for the regulatory approvals of renewables and gas projects in Australia & New Zealand. Most recently, Rebecca has been running an educational sector company which she founded.

Reflecting on her appointment Rebecca said “I am delighted to be appointed to this role with the industry’s peak body in South Australia and look forward to leading SACOME’s active participation in the advancement of the sector at a time when the economy grapples with the need for growth and de-carbonisation, and the industry is engaging on an unprecedented level with all areas of the community.”

The SACOME Council wishes to thank Jason Kuchel for his enthusiastic and important contribution to the increasing success of the Chamber since 2007 and the delivery of SACOME's strategy during this period.

“Through his leadership, SACOME has significantly influenced policy and direction for the industry within South Australia. The Council wishes him well in his new role as CEO of the Wakefield Regional Council,” said Mr Burgess.

Media contact: Terry Burgess, President, SACOME - 08 8202 9999