Mr Mitchell H. Hooke

Mitchell H Hooke (Mitch) has been Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) since June 2002. The MCA is one of the nation’s most significant industry bodies representing minerals exploration, production and processing companies that produce around 85% of Australian’s annual mineral output and exports.

The minerals industry accounts for nearly 60% of Australia’s merchandise exports and circa 8% of national Gross Domestic Product.

Under Mr Hooke, the MCA has been at the vanguard of the development and advocacy of key public policy on matters directly impacting the welfare of the industry and its commitment to continuously improving its contribution to sustainable development and society. These include occupational health and safety regulation and operational practice, climate change management, energy and water security, tertiary and vocational education and training, taxation arrangements, workplace relations, competition policy, transport systems, land access and use, environmental management and regulations, international trade and investment, social and physical infrastructure, minerals exploration and indigenous relations.

Over the past two decades, Mr Hooke has made a significant contribution to the development of Australia’s trade, economic and industry policy, across the rural, food and grocery and mining industries. He is recognised for his knowledge of and strategic leadership in public policy and practical issues affecting industries’ contribution to the Nation’s social and economic welfare.

Mr Hooke was recently named the University of New England Distinguished Alumni recipient for 2010...

in recognition of his contribution to the nation’s social and economic welfare through strategic leadership and development of public policy.

Before joining the MCA, Mr Hooke served as inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council from 1995 to 2002. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Grains Council of Australia. Mr Hooke began his career as an Agricultural Adviser on Queensland’s Darling Downs where he pioneered zero–tillage ecological farming systems.

Mr Hooke has played a prominent role in the development and advocacy of Australia’s international trade policy. He served on the Australian Trade Minister’s World Trade Organisation Advisory Council and Free Trade (FTA) Agreement Export Advisory Panel and has been a member of the official Australian delegation to every Ministerial Meeting since the WTO’s formation in 1994. He is an Emeritus Member of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council since 1999; and Chairs Asia Business Focus — a multi sector industry grouping established to promote Free Trade Agreements (FTA's) between Australia and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea respectively.

He Chaired the first APEC Mining Industry Leaders Forum held in conjunction with the Ministers Responsible for Mining meeting in Perth, 2007 which gave the minerals industry an unprecedented opportunity to make recommendations to APEC ministers on issues critical to the resources sector.

Mr Hooke is a past Chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network, was part of Australia’s official delegation to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, and a former Governor of the Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research. He has been a member of the Executive of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform since its inception in 1996.

Mr Hooke is also internationally active in global policy advocacy. He is currently a member of the Full Council of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) and its Executive Working Group, based in London. He is also Chair of the ICMM’s Associations Coordination Group, comprising some 40 national associations and international commodity organisations, and Chairs the Trade Policy Group of the ICMM.

Mr Hooke is also engaged at the “coal face” of business. He was a Director (2008–2010) of Elgin National Industries (USA), a Chicago–based private equity company of a global group of companies servicing almost every sector of the mining, minerals processing, and bulk materials handling industries in engineering and construction and industrial plant equipment. And he was a Director of the Australian operations, Roberts & Schaefer, Australia.

Mr Hooke is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Partners in Performance North America.

Mr Hooke was raised on a sheep property in Victoria’s Western District and was educated at The Geelong College. He completed a Bachelor of Rural Science and an Honours Thesis in agricultural industrial politics at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. He also distinguished himself as a sportsman including as Captain of the University Australian football and cricket teams and the All Australian Intervarsity Football team and was a member of the champion Australian Intervarsity Cricket XI. He was awarded a University Full Blue for services to Australian Football, and admitted to the University’s Sportsman’s Hall of Fame. He also represented NSW Country in both Australian football and cricket, and subsequently played professionally in the Queensland Australian Football League.

Mr Hooke is Chairman of the Winifred West Schools (Frensham) Foundation Board of Governors.

Mr Hooke is married with three adult daughters and lives in Canberra (ACT), and has a horse property in the Southern Highlands, Bowral NSW.