Over 15 years’ experience working in strategic leadership roles. Background in sustainable development, corporate HR and Corporate Affairs driving and implementing strategic change across the business.

• In-depth knowledge of corporate and public sector organisations;
• extensive experience in Social Impact Assessments, Land Access Agreements, Community Development and Indigenous Affairs.
• Expertise in planning, researching, and evaluating public, community and government relations strategies and initiatives.
• Extensive experience of stakeholder management – builds and maintains a professional network of relationships within business, joint venture partners, community and local government.
• Widely regarded for her efforts in bringing about meaningful change in Indigenous development – included in 100 most influential women in WA’s Woman’s Hall of Fame.
• Strong communicator – drives change agenda through clear articulation of critical information including program benefits to a varied audience.
• Regularly represents company views at government and policy committees in addition to holding multiple committee positions.
Former Chair WA Chamber of Mineral & Energy Aboriginal Working Group.

Vanessa has worked on some of the major project developments in Australia across the resource industry, regional development and town planning. Specialising in project life cycle - land access, regulatory approvals, social performance, local content and diversity and inclusion.

Summary or resource projects / commodities:

Gold - Boddington Gold Mine transition planning from construction to operations, and divestment of other assets.

Oil and gas - Browse Project and the Pluto /Northwest Shelf Operations.

Zinc - closure planning for Woodcutters and divestment of other assets.

Diamonds - Argyle diamond mine local content stakeholder engagement and regional skills and capability audit.