Fiona has 20 years’ experience in multinational oil, gas and mining companies, ranging from operational management to corporate strategic development across a variety of countries and businesses. Born in Liverpool, UK, she holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.
Fiona began her career as a graduate with BP, working in various operational roles in upstream exploration and downstream refining before taking a corporate role in London. She spent several years focusing on national and international climate change policy development and advocacy. She also gained extensive experience in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) supporting BP’s Hydrogen Energy business as it investigated opportunities to develop global CCS projects.
She joined BHP in 2010 as Senior Manager, Environment and was appointed to the role of Vice President in 2013. In these roles, she was accountable for developing global performance requirements in water, land and biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions management. In 2013, she led a review of BHP’s approach to climate change to deliver an updated company position and strategy, including mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology. She developed BHP’s ‘Climate Change: Portfolio Analysis’, an industry-leading report that describes the impact of a transition to a low carbon future on the company’s portfolio.
Fiona advises the Board and senior management on emerging environmental and climate change trends and represents BHP in engagements with national and international stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, industry associations, governments and investors. She is a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, reporting to the G20. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the Task Force has developed recommendations for relevant and decision-useful company disclosures for issuers, lenders and insurers to address climate-related financial risks and opportunities. She also holds several Board positions and is Deputy Chair of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.