Witham replaces Doug Horak, who fulfilled the role of interim CEO of AAMEG since June 2017.
Witham brings an exceptional pedigree to the role, spanning corporate leadership in resource development in Africa, senior roles in resource sector representative bodies and direct experience in government lobbying and negotiating at the State and Federal levels.
Holding a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia with honours in Geology, he has held senior executive roles across the Australian and African resources sector for over two decades and has worked directly in Namibia, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Egypt, Niger and Kenya.
Witham also has experience in member-based organisation leadership, including with the Chamber of Minerals & Energy WA (government relations and policy), National Party WA (corporate director) and South Coast Natural Resource Management (Chair).
Witham will take on the rewarding challenge of supporting and enabling Australian resource sector companies to operate successfully in Africa. AAMEG seeks to do this by helping its members better understand, and more effectively and efficiently manage risks which are non-technical in nature. These include political and social risks, health, security, bribery and corruption.
Through the sharing of knowledge and resources, AAMEG facilitates collaborative solutions by drawing on the experiences of those members who are African “veterans”. This creates support networks, and provides a focal point for engagement with governments, and a voice to influence policy and narrative on behalf of members confronted with challenges.
“In 2018, with Witham at the helm, we look forward to further developing the AAMEG model, leveraging our capabilities for greater impact, expanding our membership base and further deepening our connections and collaboration with government, says AAMEG chairman Tim Carstens, who is also the MD of Base Resources.
Witham succeeds former CEO Trish O’Reilly, who led AAMEG for the past six years.