James Purtill

Director-General

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

James Purtill was appointed as the Director-General in July 2015. Prior to his appointment, James was the Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, a position held since 2013.

James has significant private and public sector experience. A scientist and business administrator by profession, he brings more than 30 years of national and international experience to the role. His career highlights include being a delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal.

James was formerly the Director-General of Queensland’s Environmental Protection Agency and Commissioner of the Public Service. His private sector experience includes a senior role with a large multinational engineering, procurement and contract management firm, and he served as Managing Director for an environmental rehabilitation company.

He has also consulted to industry and government on a range of organisational design and environmental management issues. As General Manager Sustainability for an ASX top 20 resources company, he led the community and environmental programs for an $18B project.

James’ academic qualifications include a science degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from the University of Queensland. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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