Cobcroft previously spent more than a decade with Iluka Resources in roles including Australian exploration manager.
The Department for Energy and Mining recruited the geologist to lead the 137-year-old Survey, which collects, manages and analyses SA’s geological information.
“I’m very excited and honoured to be appointed the Survey’s new director,” Cobcroft said.
“The Survey has a long and proud history of providing and curating world-class geoscience.
“I’m looking forward to leading the survey’s team who are passionate about their work, and play a key role in the state’s growth agenda by attracting new exploration.”
Department chief executive Dr Paul Heithersay, a former Survey head, welcomed the appointment.
“Mr Cobcroft is highly-regarded and I look forward to how his extensive experience in the private sector will strengthen our ties with companies, universities and the geoscience community,” he said.
“The Survey not only helps to underpin the development of South Australia’s mineral wealth, but also carries out significant work to raise awareness and support our unique geological makeup.”
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