Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change
Fiona has almost 25 years’ experience in sustainability and climate change issues at multinational oil and gas and resources companies, ranging from frontline operational management to corporate strategic development across a variety of countries and businesses. She is a leading international voice on how resource companies can manage climate-related risks and support a low carbon transition in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Born in Liverpool, UK, she holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD focused on using coral skeletons as natural indicators of climate change. She began her career with oil and gas major BP, working for several years in various operational roles in upstream exploration, downstream refining businesses, and corporate policy development at BP's headquarters in London. In these roles, she gained extensive experience in carbon management, climate policy and low carbon business development.
She joined BHP in 2010 and was appointed to the role of Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change in 2013. In this role, she leads the design and implementation of BHP’s climate change strategy, including activities in the areas of portfolio evaluation, operational and value chain decarbonisation, physical risk and adaptation, reporting and disclosure, and stakeholder engagement. She advises the Board and senior management on emerging climate change trends and represents BHP in engagements with international NGOs, academics, peers, industry associations, governments and investors.
In December 2015, Fiona was appointed to the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, reporting to the G20, which provides the global benchmark for how financial and non-financial companies should disclose climate-related information to ensure financial risk can be better measured and managed. She also holds several Board positions, including Deputy Chair of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) and has represented BHP at the International Council of Mining and Metals.