BSL manager named as one of the best leaders in the state

BOYNE Smelters Ltd manager Joer Rea has been named as one of the best leaders in Queensland in the Australian Institute of Management's annual Excellence Awards held at Customs House in Brisbane on Friday night.

The awards recognise outstanding leadership in a range of industries through categories such as Not for Profit Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year as well as a Manager of the Year category.

Joe Rea was named as the Queensland Manager of the Year for his outstanding leadership as General Manager of Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL).

Mr Rea has been instrumental in driving a cultural shift in BSL's safety performance, leading over 1,200 employees and contractors to reach the best ever safety result in the plant's 33 year history after achieving 365 consecutive safe days.

"I'm honoured and delighted to receive this award and I'm doing so on behalf of all of the great people I work with at Boyne Smelters," Mr Rea said.

"It's great to be a part of an organisation that's adding value to natural Australian resources and to lead a fantastic team while doing it."

Judges said Mr Rea is to be acknowledged and celebrated for his ability to drive significant change in a mature, complex and declining industry.

In addition, he has influenced community attitudes through workforce education and support networks in the important areas of domestic violence and suicide prevention.

AIM CEO David Pich congratulated Mr Rea on winning the award and said it was great to see Central Queensland represented by such an impressive local leader.

"Joe perfectly embodies what these awards are all about which is recognising leadership excellence in every industry, big or small, right around Australia," Mr Pich said.

The winners of the Queensland Excellence Awards will now have an opportunity to vie for the ultimate prize at the National Excellence Awards in Melbourne on October 16.