Richard Frederick (Rick) West
Rick West has been a member of the AusIMM for more than sixty years. He is an AusIMM Fellow with Chartered Professional accreditation and holds Mine Managers Certificates of Competence in South Australia and New South Wales.
Born and raised on the leases of North Broken Hill Ltd, where his father, Alan West (AusIMM President in 1956) rose through the ranks to become General Managing Director, Rick had considerable knowledge of mining even before completing his mining engineering degree at the University of Adelaide.
From 1961, working with CRA, he gained basic mining experience at Broken Hill and the newly discovered Mount Tom Price. He then spent six months in Japan with Sumitomo Metal Mining as an exchange engineer and three months inspecting mines in the USA and Canada.
Returning to Broken Hill, he worked in various positions on a mix of capital and production projects and acted as relieving Assistant Underground Manager.
Rick served on the AusIMM‘s Broken Hill Junior Branch Committee, the Broken Hill Branch Committee and was involved in symposia and annual conference organising committees.
He joined CSR’s newly created Minerals Division early in 1970 and in 1974 took over responsibility for management, exploration and on‑site engineering and field work at CSR’s Yandicoogina iron ore project.
He spent 1985 in Indonesia as Project Coordinator of the CSR Lebong Tandai Gold Mine during its construction and commissioning.
While based in Sydney with CSR Limited, he served in various committee positions at the AusIMM Sydney Branch from 1978 to 1987 including Secretary and Chair. He was a member of various sub‑committees and acted as convenor of a variety of functions including two Ore Reserve Symposia. He has written several papers and participated in the writing of AusIMM volumes.
He was a councillor for five years and a representative for Council on the MICA Board of Management. He was Convenor of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee and was NSW Councillor on the AusIMM Ethics Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
Rick’s committee activities included being a member of JORC from 1984 until 2000, a member of the Membership Applications Committee from 2002 to 2016, a member of the Chartered Professional Board from 2000 to 2016 (Chair on several occasions). He served on the Publications Task Force and then Committee from 2003 to 2016 and on the Complaints Committee from 2005 to 2015.
He was awarded The Institute’s Branch Service Award in 2004 and the Beryl Jacka Award in 2010.
He became a development consultant in 1987, covering everything from ore reserve estimation to technical audits.
At present, he is working on the development of a naturally pigmented sand deposit and angular grained sandstone in NSW that will be manufactured into masonry and high tensile concrete.
Rick has acted as a visiting lecturer at the University of Queensland, University of NSW and University of Wollongong and as secretary to the Major Projects Committee at The Warren Centre, University of Sydney.
His interest in the mining industry seems to have followed a family tradition of great grandfathers, grandfathers and father all in the mining industry.