Career started as an apprentice panel beater and spray painter. But not to the automobile industry did he go, instead to Ingersoll Rand, assembling and painting compressors, pumps and drilling equipment. He soon moved to the position of operator trainer of drilling equipment and then as an application sales consultant.
This was Peter’s first contact with the mining industry around 1963. This continued when he worked with Kennametal selling cutting tools for continuous miners from the late 1960’s.
In the late 1980’s Peter joined Trelleborg and then Allis Chalmers who became Allis Mineral Systems, then Boliden Allis, Svedala and eventually brought by Metso and where Peter became a household name for screening in the Coal Prep industry. Around 1990 Peter relocated to Port Stephens where he has been ever since raising his family with Marg.
Peter and Metso were great supporters of the ACPs at balls, dinners, conferences and one of Peter’s traits at all of these events is that he made sure everything was running well and everyone was having a good time before he could relax and enjoy the event himself.
Peter has been on every NSW conference committee since 2000 at Port Stephens. He works tirelessly with the exhibition and sponsors and is always there a day early to help the secretariat right through until registrations are complete.
Peter joined the ACPS Board in 2006 as secretary and he was elected to the board again in 2009 and until 2013 responsible for the secretariat and office. Others might disagree but Peter suggests that in this role he achieved his greatest contribution to the Society in finding and establishing the Society’s own premises in Broadmeadow.
Coal Preparation Society Committee Roles:
Peter McFadden small in stature but a colluses in the Coal Prep Society and the industry at large.