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William Joughin

South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president and SRK Consulting partner William Joughin

South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president and SRK Consulting partner William Joughin

18th August 2023

     

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Full Name: William Joughin

Position: South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president, and SRK Consulting partner

Main Activity of the Company: The SAIMM’s mission is to render professional services to its members and to continually improve these services by keeping abreast of technological developments, while SRK is a firm of consulting engineers and scientists

Date and Place of Birth: 1967, Johannesburg

Schools and Tertiary Education: BSc Eng (Mining), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); MSc Eng (Engineering Management), Wits; Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Rock Engineering), Wits

First Job: Mining graduate in Anglo American’s Gold Division

Career History Prior to Current Position: I moved from mining operations to consulting in 1998, joining SRK Consulting as a senior mining engineer

Size of First Pay Packet: R3 000 a month

First Job with Present Group: Senior mining engineer

Value of Assets under Your Control: Our assets consist entirely of our people, their skills and our historical knowledge of our clients and their operations

Number of People under Your Leadership: 25

Management Style: Technical leadership – which entails delivering highly technical good-quality work, empowering people to develop solutions on their own, and providing guidance

Personal Best Achievement: Receiving a gold medal for a paper at the SAIMM and co-writing two chapters on risk-based design in the book Ground Support in Underground Mines (Potvin and Hadjigeorgiou, 2020) produced by the Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Professional Best Achievement: Being elected the chairperson of SRK Consulting

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, Noel Joughin

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dick Stacey, former chairperson for SRK Consulting and professor emeritus at the Wits School of Mining Engineering

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Nelson Mandela

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Roger Dixon, former chairperson of SRK Consulting

Philosophy of Life: You never stop learning; there’s always something new to learn

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being on the seismic review boards of El Teniente and LKAB

Biggest Ever Disappointment: I don’t think I have ever been terribly disappointed; there is no point in dwelling in the past – you can only learn from it

Hope for the Future: To keep growing technically, and that the mining industry grows – I am quite excited about technology in the industry and future developments

Favourite Reading: Fantasy novels

Favourite TV Programme: Tour de France

Favourite Food/Drink: Sashimi and beer

Favourite Music: Easily listening to classic rock, like Cat Stevens

Favourite Sport: Cycling

Favourite Website: Too many to choose from

Hobbies: Listening to podcasts and audiobooks, cycling, hiking, kayaking and birding

Car: Toyota Fortuner

Pets: A mad Jack Russell named Inky

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Arrogant people

Favourite Other South African Company: The Institute of Mine Seismology

Favourite Foreign Company: The Australian Centre of Geomechanics

Married: To Sharon, since 1999

Children: Michael, 22; Brandon, 20

Clubs: None

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

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