Mount Isa Mines' chief operating officer is announced as Matt O'Neill

Mount Isa Mines' new chief operating officer Matt O'Neill, who is pictured speaking at a community consultation meeting in Cloncurry. Photo: Chris Burns.
Mount Isa Mines' new chief operating officer Matt O'Neill, who is pictured speaking at a community consultation meeting in Cloncurry. Photo: Chris Burns.

MOUNT Isa Mines’ executive Matt O’Neill has been promoted to become Glencore’s North Queensland Copper Assets’ chief operating officer.

Mr O’Neill becomes the region’s senior executive of copper, and reports directly to Glencore’s chief operating officer of Australian copper assets, Mike Westerman. 

Mr O’Neill, currently on leave, replaces Deon van der Mescht who transfers to Glencore’s Sydney office. Mr van der Mescht had transferred from Cobar to Mount Isa in February. 

His last public duty in the community was speaking at the Naidoc seniors lunch last Wednesday on behalf of sponsor Mount Isa Mines. 

Mr O’Neill was Ernest Henry Mine’s chief mining officer. At a community consultation meeting in May he reflected on Ernest Henry operations, which he said were at a steady state. The mine in that form could last until 2026, he said. 

There was possibility to extend the depth and mine life beyond the ‘1200’ level but the copper market in 10 years could impact that possibility, he said.