Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Mr Mick Buffier

Mr Buffier Mr Buffier joined Xstrata Coal in February 2001 and has 30 years experience in the coal mining industry.  He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Masters of Business Administration from Newcastle University.

Appointed Group Executive, Xstrata Coal in March 2009, Mr Buffier is responsible for Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Sustainable Development across Xstrata's global coal operations.

Prior to this Mr Buffier was Chief Operating Officer of Xstrata's coal mining operations in NSW, a position he held from 2002.  Before joining Xstrata, Mr Buffier held various positions including Mining Engineer, Senior Mining Engineer, Production Manager, Mine Manager and General Manager.

Mr Buffier is the Chairman and a Director of the NSW Minerals Council. He is a Board member of Australian Coal Association Low Emission Technologies Pty Ltd (ACALET) and the National Low Emission Coal Council R&D Board (NLECC).  Mr Buffier is also a Ministerial appointee to the NSW Clean Coal Council.  He is an Alternate Director of the World Coal Association and an Associate of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board.