Andrew Hocking

Senior Project Consultant

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in community relations and development across a range of industries, sectors and cultures.  Andrew’s previous role was with the Chinese owned Melbourne based mining company MMG as the Group Manager for Community Relations (CR).  In this role Andrew provided CR leadership, strategy and support across MMG’s operations in Australia, Laos, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Peru.  During his time at MMG, the company acquired operations in the DRC and Peru where Andrew lead the community assessment and integration for the DRC operation and worked for 12 months as the Community and Permitting Lead for the acquisition and integration of the Las Bambas project in Peru.  Andrew also worked with Indigenous communities in the Gulf of Queensland for 6 months delivering social commitments under a Native Title Agreement.

Prior to joining MMG, Andrew was the Regional Manager for Corporate Citizenship and Affairs for IBM Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN which involved delivering IBM’s community investment strategy across the region to support IBM’s business and growth objectives.  During his time at IBM, Andrew delivered community projects in India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, North America, New Zealand and Australia.

Before working in the private sector, Andrew worked as a secondary school teacher and as a project manager for state and federal education departments within the public sector.

How does Andrew want to make a difference: “I want to use my experience to work at the intersection of community and business partnerships to help realise the great benefits that such linkages can deliver.  That is, helping to secure sustainable livelihoods for those trapped in poverty and better manage business risk and reputation for our business partners.”