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Service Awards

Dave Ricketts


At the Southern Queensland Chairman’s Dinner Dave Ricketts’ considerable contribution to the Australian Coal Preparation Society and to the industry as a whole was recognized with the presentation of the ACPS Service Award by Queensland Chairman Matt Allen.

A brief timeline of Dave’s involvement within the industry follows:

  • 1971 Dave arrived in Australia
  • 1974 Met Sylvia
  • 1986 Joined CMI and worked for John Dibley and Tom Fairhall
  • 1989 Ludowici amalgamation and Dave managed the NSW Office for 5 years, working with Terry kingdom and Shane McLoughlin
  • 1994 Moved to Brisbane
  • 2006 Dave and Sylvia moved to Charlton West Virginia to open a Ludowici  Branch where they stayed for three and a half years
  • 2010 Brief stint with McLanahans then back to Ludowici (which was taken over by FLSmidth). A considerable amount of overseas travel followed for FLSmidth with stints in Johannesburg and Salt Lake City
  • 2014 Dave retired in July

Dave’s involvement with the ACPS began in: 

  • 1986 Became a member of the Society
  • 1992 Attended the Advanced Course in Kurri Kurri
  • 2011-2013 Member of the Queensland Committee
  • 2012-2013 Member of ACPS Board as Education Director

During this time Dave with Ludowici made a considerable contribution to the Society sponsoring numerous events. The ‘Golf Days’ were something that he especially enjoyed being involved with.

Dave is a well known and well respected person within the ACPS and throughout the industry as a whole. He is a good person and a good friend. It was a privilege to speak about Dave prior to the presentation of his award. Congratulations Dave and best wishes for a well earned, long retirement.