Kim Horne, one of 683 general division appointments announced on Australia Day, was honoured for his 40 years of service to the mining sector, a journey he said had gone in a flash.
‘I’ve spent my whole career with Alcoa,’ he said.
‘When I started I held a very junior position, but I went back and learnt how to drive the equipment.’
From there he climbed the ranks, but it was his work outside his 9-5 that earned him the appointment.
Mr Horne was a trustee for Alcoa’s charity fundraising group Peach, a director for the Industrial Foundation of Accident Prevention for five years, a committee member for the Australian Centre for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and director of the National Research Centre for Asbestos-related disease, among other efforts.
‘The ethos of Alcoa is that if you can you should give back to the community,’ Mr Horne said.
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