John sets determined eyes on US
NEARLY 50 years after scores of Americans came to set Gladstone on its industrial path, locally born John Catford is going stateside to return a favour.
Mr Catford (pictured right), his pregnant wife Tanya, and two boys Riley, 6, and Xavier, 3, left Gladstone yesterday to fly to Nevada in the United States of America.
Mr Catford, who has worked with Comalco and its subsidiary Rio Tinto in Australia and in the United Kingdom, has been appointed chief financial officer of the Rio Tinto-owned Kennecott Mineral Co based in Nevada.
The company has an open cut gold mine near Salt Lake City in Nevada and a silver/lead/zinc mine in Alaska.
Mr Catford had been working at Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) before being seconded to the USA.
After receiving his primary education at Calliope State School then two years at Gladstone State High School, Mr Catford attended Rockhampton Grammar School.
Through KPMG and the CIAE (now Central Queensland University) he became a chartered accountant.
He then joined Boyne Smelters Ltd before joining CRA (now Rio Tinto) in Melbourne.
He later took a job with Comalco in Brisbane before going to the Rio Tinto headquarters in London in 2001.
Mr Catford took the job of superintendent of accounting services at QAL in 2003 followed by the USA posting.
Mr Catford attributed his success to "a solid principle of living and purpose'', his Christian beliefs, the support of his wife and a strong family relationship.