Fran Burgess


Fran Burgess has worked in the mining industry for 40 years, with 14 years as a general manager. She holds four degrees including an MBA, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Science Technology in Mineral Processing. Fran was the first female cadet in Broken Hill, the first female graduate in metallurgy in Australia and the first female underground mine general manager in Australia.

While working with Pasminco Group Technical Support, Fran created the inaugural Mineral Processing Team, which was 100 per cent female when formed. She transferred to Pasminco Elura Mine in 1998, and improved the zinc recovery from 75 per cent to over 85 per cent using stirred media detritors. She took on the role of Manager Metallurgy at the flagship Pasminco Century Mine, and was instrumental in the ramp-up of the plant to full production of 520 000 t/a zinc metal and overseeing the 304km pipeline operation from the Lawn Hill mine site to the port at Karumba in the Gulf. She spent five years on-site as General Manager at the Pasminco Rosebery Mine, bringing significant cultural change to the site. She was charged with the commissioning of the Zinifex/OZ Minerals Avery Nickel Mine concentrator, after which she joined the OZ Minerals head office team as General Manager Metallurgy.

Fran finished her time with OZ Minerals/MMG as the GM HSEC. She joined Perilya in 2011 and undertook project development and due diligence roles, traveling extensively in her three years with Perilya visiting countries like China, Cuba, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Peru, USA and Canada. Fran spent significant stints at Cerro de Maimón in the Dominican Republic, fulfilling a dream to work overseas in another culture. In 2015 Fran joined Glencore, for Zinc Assets Australia, as the General Manager Processing North Queensland, based in Mount Isa.

Fran is a Fellow of AusIMM and Chartered Professional (Metallurgy), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Women on Boards, among other association memberships.

Fran has been a director of the Tasmanian Minerals Council (2003-2008), and AMIRA in 2010.

Fran is passionate about safety, empowering and developing people to be the best they can be. She is a regular mentor with the Women in Mining Mentoring Programs run by the AusIMM and Queensland Resources Council and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland.

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