He has over 27 years of experience working for the ExxonMobil Corporation whereby he started with ExxonMobil working in coal mining initially as General Manager, Lemington Coal Mines Limited at Singleton NSW, General Manager Ulan Coal Joint Venture at Mudgee, NSW, and Managing Director, Exxon Coal and Minerals Australia based in Sydney.
He also managed Monterey Coal Mines’ two large underground coal mines in Illinois, USA before moving to Houston, Texas as the Engineering Department Manager looking after the engineering and operations of coal operations in Australia, Colombia and the USA, and copper operations in Chile (Companie Minera Disputada), power investments in Hong Kong, and mine engineering due diligence of tar sands operations in Canada.
He then moved into project management roles, commercializing natural gas in PNG in which he was based in Brisbane for three years working on the PNG Pipeline to Australia Project before converting that project to the PNG LNG project.
Peter was born in Townsville and grew up in Queensland, completing high school at Ipswich Grammar School.
Dr Higgins holds a Bachelor of Engineering-Civil, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy.
He is a former OTML Managing Director and was Senior Vice President (Copper) for Teck Resources in Vancouver, Canada, Chief Operating Officer for BHP Billiton Base Metals in Adelaide, Australia and Vice President Project Development for BHP Billiton Base Metals in Santiago, Chile.
He is currently chairman of the OTML Safety and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and is a member on various other Boards including advisor and consultant to other mining companies.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.
Glen holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Technology from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) and has also undergone numerous studies in safety, leadership, general management and more specifically, process control.
He worked with OTML previously for 20 years, performing in various roles including Senior Metallurgist, Shift Supervisor – Mill, Manager Mill Operations, Executive Manager Mill and General Manager Business Support Unit before he retired in 2003.
He has also worked overseas, particularly BHP in Australia in 1978 after he graduated from the UNITECH, then again with BHP in 1988.
He has travelled extensively around the world visiting other mining and processing operations.
Glen is now self-employed and part of his life involves preaching the gospel, supporting churches and helping communities or tribes resolve disputes in his home province of Chimbu.