After graduating in Mining Engineering in 1968 (First Class Honours, University of Queensland), Ian Goddard started his career with Mount Isa Mines (MIM). He progressed through a variety of technical and managerial positions and acquired postgraduate qualifications (Master of Science with Distinction and Diploma of Imperial College, University of London – Royal School of Mines) and a Bachelor of Economics (University of Queensland). He was then appointed General Manager of Newlands Coal to start that new operation. The final MIM appointment was Managing Director of the listed Highlands Gold in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Ian was on the Board of Management of the Porgera Joint Venture for nine years, from feasibility to production. Highlands Gold was an active explorer and progressed the feasibility of the Frieda and Ramu projects. While resident in PNG, he spent time as President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and chaired industry committees at both universities.
Since then, Ian held board positions in a number of unlisted mining companies, the last being independent director of Petromin PNG Holdings, the entity holding equity in mining, oil and gas projects for the state of PNG and was Chairman of Tolukuma Gold Mines. He spent time as Adjunct Professor of Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute.
With the AusIMM, Ian has been Student Representative, Branch Committee member, Branch Chairman, Councillor (nine years) and Director (five years). He was the first President to be elected by Congress (2002) and was re-elected in 2003. In 2001, he led a review of the VALMIN Code and represented the Institute on the Action Agenda for Minerals Exploration (2003). Ian was a long-term member of the Australian Student Mineral Ventures, Awards and Ethics Committees and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2007. In 2006, he joined JORC and became one of two JORC representatives on CRIRSCO, of which he is currently Past Chairperson.