A love of the outdoors and a curiosity for how the world works led Josh to move to Hobart to complete a geology degree at the University of the Tasmania. With a strong industry research focus around ore deposits, it was not long before Josh became interested in the challenge of exploration and mine geology. Vacation work on the west coast of Tasmania cemented this passion, and he has since enjoyed working in some stunning remote landscapes, tackling challenging geology with some great colleagues.
Josh was an active member of the AusIMM Tasmania Student Chapter, where he was focused on building strong links between new professionals and the mining industry. He is particularly proud of the success of the ‘Students Meet Industry’ nights and the insights this event allowed for students. He was awarded an AusIMM EEF scholarship during this time.
Josh’s passion for creating opportunities for students and new professionals to support them in their development has continued into his working career. Currently a Project Geologist, Josh has worked as both a mine and exploration geologist, linking across teams and helping to teach many graduates. He is also an active member of the AusIMM Central Victoria Branch, where he is a proponent for new professional and graduate events that help link them to experienced members and explore ‘soft skills’ such as presentation or team skills. In 2016 Josh co-ordinated the ‘Young Professionals in Focus’ seminar, an event to bring the regional Victoria mining industry together in support of the new professionals in the industry.
He is an avid supporter of local communities and the role that the mining industry has in them, completing the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program in 2017. Josh lives in Bendigo with his fiancé and looks forward to seeing what he can achieve in the industry in future.