Researcher biography

Michael Roche is Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland.

The QRC represents the interests of 250 businesses with direct and service sector investment in developing Queensland’s minerals and energy resources. Together, these industries are responsible for one in every five dollars circulating in the Queensland economy and one in every six jobs.

Before joining the QRC in 2005, Michael spent nearly nine years in executive management roles with the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney, including more than three years as Executive General Manager of ASX’s markets and market data businesses.

Michael has extensive experience in the government sector, including nine years in Canberra, with most of that time as a senior executive in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

From 1990, Michael served for over four years as Chief of Staff to the then Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy and two years as Deputy Director-General in the Queensland Cabinet Office.

Michael currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the board of Mine Wealth and Wellbeing (formerly known as AusCoal Super) and Chairman of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, Australia’s largest industry-education partnership. He is also the ambassador for the Mining and Energy Challenge, part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave fundraising initiative.

An economist by training, Michael holds Bachelor and Masters Degree from the University of NSW and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business degree by CQ University in 2013.