CME announces new CEO


The peak resources sector representative body in Western Australia, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Ms Rebecca Tomkinson, former CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

“Rebecca Tomkinson is well known to many Western Australians for her outstanding work at the RFDS, an organisation which, much like CME, has an extremely strong regional presence,” said CME President Fiona Hick in a media release.

“Rebecca is an outstanding leader and that has been exemplified by the way she has led the RFDS to become even stronger throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Tomkinson has held executive positions in the aged care and banking industries. She is now the head of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, a board member of Infrastructure WA, and the President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s WA State Advisory Council.


“Rebecca is well-equipped to lead CME on the next stage of its journey, with her extensive experience in running not-for-profit organisations, her understanding of the opportunities and issues of regional WA, her ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and her background working in a variety of roles including communications, community partnerships, diversity and inclusion,” Ms Hick said.

“Over the last four years, outgoing CEO Mr Paul Everingham has made CME a more outward-facing member focused organisation.  This progress will continue under Rebecca’s watch.”

Ms Tomkinson, who will assume her new role in the coming months, will be CME’s first female CEO in its 122-year history.

“I have dealt with many CME member companies during my time at RFDS and I’m very much looking forward to learning more about all facets of the sector as I settle into the new role,” Ms Tomkinson said.

“As CEO of the RFDS, I’ve had the chance to witness some of the contributions mining and resources operations make to daily life in communities around WA, and those contributions are absolutely vital.

“I’m extremely passionate about the development and health of regional communities and I know this is something CME’s member companies are heavily invested in too.

“I’m also very excited about the opportunity to be part of the CME team, having admired their talents and excellent work from afar over the past few years.”

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