Head of HSE, BMA Coal, Bobbie Foot is a recognised leader in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) innovation in the mining industry.
Bobbie leads a team of 220 professionals to develop and deliver leading HSE practice across BHP Mitsubishi Alliance, a world leading producer of seaborne coking coal that directly employs 10,000 people. Bobbie also serves as Chair and Director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre Advisory Board, as a Director of the University of Qld Sustainable Minerals Institute Advisory Board, as an industry representative on the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee, and is a member of two United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Expert Committees. She has previously served as a Director on the Board of the Occupational Therapist Association of Queensland.
With a strong commitment and values-based leadership, her 17 year career in the resources industry has always focused on driving innovation to continuously improve HSE outcomes and reduce risk. She’s led significant cultural change at BHP and now across the industry, resulting in better safety and health outcomes and prevention of injuries and fatalities.
Passionate about driving a culture of care within the wider mining industry, Bobbie has an unwavering commitment to improving the health and mental wellbeing of all workers and their communities.
She has developed and implemented mental health programs based on a culture of care and valuing people. Using data analytics, Bobbie has led a program to establish a pipeline of solutions to eliminate or engineer out fatal safety risks through the innovative application of technology such as drones, proximity detection and leading practices from other industries.
In the environmental arena, she has sponsored a program to achieve the certification of completed rehabilitation of almost 1500 hectares of land – an area more than double the rest of the total industry rehabilitation certified by the Qld government to date.
Early in her career, she received recognition for her strong commitment to workers’ health and safety, when she developed and implemented an injury prevention program which achieved a 50% reduction in injuries and cost savings of $1.3 million in 2 years.
Recognised for the individual excellence of her work, Bobbie has won two BHP Global Health Awards.
She sees great opportunities where HSE innovations and technological advances in mining may be applied to the wider agriculture, education and health industries.
QLD Exceptional Woman in Resources – Runner up
QRC Women in Mining and Resources QLD, March 2017
Health Merit Award
BHP HSEC Awards, September 2010
Global Health award for developing and implementing the BHP Iron Ore Fatigue Management program that set a new standard in fatigue management for the mining industry in WA.
Health Merit Award
BHP HSEC Awards, August 2005
Global HSEC award for developing and implementing the musculoskeletal disease injury prevention program at Cannington which halved the MSD injuries at the mine.
Individual Health and Safety Excellence Award – Base Metals division
BHP, November 2004
Individual excellence award for developing and implementing the Cannington musculoskeletal reduction program.
Women on Boards
2013 – Present. Member
Australian Institute of Company Directors
2013 – Present. GAICD