Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Mr John Richards

Mr John RichardsMr Richards commenced with Australian owned Bloomfield Group in 2002 and was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 2010 prior to his appointment as Chairman in 2016.

Located in East Maitland NSW, Bloomfield Group began operations in 1937 and has grown to employ more than 500 staff across two open cut collieries in the Hunter Region.

The organisation has since expanded operations to include multiple engineering businesses; Four Mile Engineering at East Maitland and Kings Engineering which is co-located in Rutherford and Lithgow NSW.

Mr Richards is the Director of ACA Low Emissions Technologies Limited and also holds the position of Chair of the NSW Minerals Council Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue Executive Oversight Committee.

Mr Richards is a member of the Coal Forum of the Minerals Councils of Australia, the Institute of Company Directors, the NSW Minerals Council Executive Committee, Coal Innovation NSW and is a former Director of Port Waratah Coal Services.