Bobbie Foot: United Nations Speaker. Top 100 Women in Mining.

As Head of BHP Operating System Learning and Capability, I develop leaders to grow their capability with integrated leadership systems and processes that improve organisational culture, safety and productivity, for a global tier one mining company of over 80,000 people. I’m also a United Nations Taskforce Chair and three-time UN Speaker.

Co-leading the Transition to Regenerative Economies

In 2020 I was honoured to be awarded as a WIM100, one of the world’s top 100 women in mining. I’ve spoken three times at the United Nations and I have over 20 years’ experience in the resources sector, in leadership and technical roles that specialise in health, safety, environment, risk and crisis management.

Today I’m a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Committees including the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, and the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems; as well as hold Board directorships.

My dedication to empowering people and creating sustainable impact was seeded from a very young age. I grew up in a large farming family, in one of the four poorest postcodes in rural Queensland. I was fortunate to have dedicated parents who instilled in me a set of abiding principles that catalysed my drive to do everything I can ensure the safety and wellbeing of people and the environment and develop a ‘culture of care’.

Speaking: Future-Focused, Informative, Engaging

I’m regularly invited to share expertise honed from working in complex, risk-intensive environments, in a wide range of forms to a variety of audiences.

Whether it’s for the United Nations, a government panel or a community event, my focus is always on collaborative, innovative approaches to create Social Value, whilst solving large-scale challenges that impact the environment, communities and enterprises.

My dedication to conveying what I’ve learnt through co-creating a culture of care with social value is distilled into three main topics: Just Transitions: navigating mining transitions in response to climate change and other challenges; The Impact of Mine Closure on Women and Girls: ensuring that a collaborative Social Value approach is applied to mine closure planning; and Psychological Safety: Setting the Foundation for a Speak Up Culture: best practices in creating environments where people feel belonging and feel safe to speak up.

Speaking Engagements & Speaking Topics

“Bobbie is very forward thinking when it comes to safety in the industry”

Dr Sean Brady

Author of the QLD Government Review into all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019, Rethinking Safety – Episode 1.

Psychological Safety: Setting the Foundation for a Speak Up Culture World Mining Congress, Brisbane, 28 June 2023

Workplace teams with high levels of psychological safety create a space where all individuals feel safe to speak up, discuss ideas, contribute their thoughts, give candid feedback, report incidents or faults and admit fallibility without fear of reprisal from colleagues or superiors.

Yet low levels of psychological safety in teams can create a culture of silence – an environment in which speaking up is belittled and warnings are ignored. How then do enterprises create increased speak up environments and reporting behaviours – to ensure safety and also foster growth and innovation? Co-presented with Naomi Armitage, Humanology.

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