Stuart Winchester


Stuart has more than 20 years’ professional experience in the environment industry, including domestic and international mining environmental projects in commodities such as coal, gold, iron ore, opal and uranium. His experience also includes approximately three years in mining environmental regulation with the (then) NSW Department of Mineral Resources.

Stuart’s undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in earth sciences, his PhD in applied acid and metalliferous mine drainage (AMD) within the context of mine closure and rehabilitation and his MBA enable him to assist clients address issues in this niche geoenvironmental discipline. Stuart has completed mineral waste geochemical assessments and management plans for the full mine life cycle from environmental impact assessment through operations and into mine closure and rehabilitation.

Stuart routinely assesses financial liability for closure risk from an environmental legacy perspective within the context of due diligence for initial public offerings, investment/divestment and third-party reviews. This considers both the physical and chemical legacies that may remain on site, and the cost associated with site remediation such that regulatory signoff could be achieved. Stuart’s experience includes projects in most states and territories of Australia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Chile, Guinea, New Zealand, Senegal, the Philippines and Singapore. Stuart is a Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the International Association of Geochemistry and the AusIMM, where he has sat on the Environmental and Community Committee from 2013 to present.

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