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The ASSDA Young Professionals Network is a new initiative to support the emerging generation of stainless steel professionals and leaders. The aim is to connect, empower and build the knowledge and leadership skills of young professionals to ensure the future success of Australia’s stainless steel industry.

Focusing on stainless professionals aged 39 and under, the program will seek to provide educational resources, learning opportunities, networking events and a forum for personal and career growth. The ASSDA Young Professionals Network is open to anyone who is a part of an ASSDA Member organisation.

The ASSDA Young Professionals Network will launch at the upcoming PacRim Stainless Conference, kicking off with an industry presentation by Richard Matheson, followed by networking drinks and canapés.


ASSDA Young Professionals Network Launch
Tuesday 19 July 2022, 4.30 pm
Hotel X Brisbane

4.30pm: ASSDA introduction and industry presentation by Richard Matheson, RJ Matheson Consultants: "Two thoughts about the future".

5.30pm: Networking canapes and drinks (Iris Rooftop, Hotel X Brisbane)

Registration for the event is FREE. Please register your attendance via the PacRim Stainless registration form.

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About Richard Matheson, RJ Matheson Consultants 

Richard has worked in the nickel and stainless steel industries since 1987. His career began in Queensland Nickel with him later consulting on many of the new nickel projects of the era. Richard undertook the principal research into the establishment of the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) and has worked with the organisation for the past 30 years, mainly as Executive Director. During his tenure, the market for stainless steel more than doubled in Australia.

Richard has extensive knowledge of nickel and stainless steel applications and has helped establish and grow markets for nickel-containing products in diverse sectors, including concrete reinforcement, plumbing and civil engineering.

Richard began working for the Nickel Institute in 2007. Today he leads the global Market Development team of the I to promote the use of nickel in appropriate applications which includes leading the Institute's batteries project.