The triathlete who’s running QAL
MIKE DUNSTAN HAS BEEN AT THE HELM OF QUEENSLAND ALUMINA LIMITED FOR FIVE YEARS
HUNDREDS of Gladstone residents see Mike Dunstan as their boss but what many may not know is his love for loud music and passion for triathlons.
CQIndustry took the time to get to know the Queensland Alumina Limited general manager a little better...
Mike Dunstan Queensland Alumina Limited General manager operations
My very first job was as an assistant to a wool classer in Invercargill, New Zealand. After classing tens of thousands of fleeces perhaps this is why I moved north – so I wouldn’t need to wear wool! My first job in industry was as a mechanical engineer.
We are striving to continue to improve our safety and environmental performance and to remain profitable in the face of steeply rising raw material costs.
I feel very fortunate to have a very experienced and capable team at QAL. They are focussed and are proud of what we achieve.
We understand we must play our part in the community, not just as the largest employer in Gladstone but also by making social contributions and supporting the environment. Everything we do must have an eye for the future so we maintain and sustain the plant so it can be viable for at least another 45 years. We run the plant with a philosophy of remaining safe, stable and reliable. We know from experience this delivers the best results. The alumina industry has been very volatile over the past two to three years due to unrestrained growth in China. It is possible that there is a new equilibrium emerging in the market, which has greater predictability for everyone in the industry.
The whole QAL workforce has done an extraordinary job to turn the business around over the past two years. This has created a secure platform for the future.
There are many people, teachers, people I’ve worked for and with, but most importantly, I have always tried to live by the values my parents taught me.
A full-time triathlete! Led Zeppelin and Muse, the louder the better.
BIG INDUSTRY: The Rio Tinto-owned Queensland Alumina Limited.
Mike Dunstan. FACING YOUR BUSINESS?