Ron was born in Liverpool, England, graduated with an Honours Degree in Geology, and started his professional career as a geophysical engineer undertaking oil exploration in Saudi Arabia. Wanting to see more rocks, he moved to South Africa and then started a trail of mine and exploration geology roles around the world.
After emigrating to Australia he worked in Tasmania at Renison Bell and at Broken Hill for thirteen years.
In 1997 Ron had a career change, moved to Melbourne and into recruitment for professionals, and helped build up a successful business serving the minerals industry. After just under ten years there, he left to set up his own executive search practice, Morland Consulting Group, which he manages today.
Ron has been a member of the AusIMM for 33 years and has served as Chair on the branch committees of the West Coast of Tasmania, Broken Hill and Melbourne. In the latter he helped set up the Melbourne Mining Club. An active and willing participant, he has sat on several AusIMM committees and conference organising committees. In 2017 he was awarded the Beryl Jacka Award for ‘extraordinary and sustained service to the AusIMM’.
He has been keen to use the Institute as a vehicle for sharing knowledge and experience across the technical disciplines as well as providing a support network for those working in the industry. In his current role, Ron provides guidance and mentoring to his fellow professionals at all levels.
Ron is married to Jane and he has three daughters, and a lot of rocks.