EMM Consulting is pleased to welcome the recent senior appointment of mining professional, Bret Jenkins.

With an extensive career spanning 35 years, Bret has held various positions across industry and consulting in environmental management, corporate, project planning and approvals roles in New South Wales and Western Australia.

Commencing his career as an Environmental Officer and Mine Surveyor, Bret has amassed 28 years with several major mining companies including both site and corporate roles with Coal Operations Australia, BHP Billiton and Glencore. Bret has led multidisciplinary teams and been responsible for conceptual mine planning and mining title acquisition, project environmental assessment, approvals, stakeholder engagement and mine rehabilitation and closure.

Nick Travers, EMM’s Mining Market Leader, welcomes Bret’s expertise in mine closure across a diverse portfolio of coal, diamond, iron ore, gold, uranium, nickel and sand mining projects in Australia and internationally.

“Mine closure planning is a complex balance between environmental, technical, stakeholder and regulatory considerations. Bret’s knowledge of the mining life cycle, and his technical and stakeholder engagement experience, further strengthens our mine rehabilitation and closure offering to our clients nationally” said Nick.

Whilst based in Australia, Bret has also worked in the United States to develop direct and indirect closure costs for mineral sand operations. He holds qualifications as a Certified Mine Surveyor and is a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Bret will be based in EMM’s Newcastle office.

The integrated EMM national team provide cradle to grave environmental and community support to the mining sector from the design, assessment, construction, operational and closure phases.   Bret will lead closure planning projects drawing on experienced specialists from EMMs existing service lines such as contaminated land, rehabilitation and soils, groundwater and surface water, ecology, environmental and social assessment teams. EMM have long-been  advocates for the early commencement of robust rehabilitation and closure planning in order to  achieve safe and sustainable closure outcomes that minimise closure costs, whilst also providing opportunities for the transition to future post-mining land uses and maximising site asset values. Bret notes that improved closure outcomes is a reoccurring theme in both government requirements, and also in stakeholders and shareholder expectations across all jurisdictions.

This announcement follows the recent senior appointment of senior environmental planning professional Danie Richter earlier this month, who joined in the company’s Perth office.

Bret Jenkins
Associate Director