After graduating with degrees in Geology and Mining Engineering and five years’ work in the civil engineering sector, Laura Tyler started work in the Australian mining industry in 1994. She has since worked with operations on four continents across a range of commodities, predominantly underground base metals and diamonds, from the extreme heat of the Australian Outback to the cold of the Canadian Arctic. Passionate about the importance of mining to alleviate poverty and its ability to provide people and communities with financial independence, her move into senior management at BHP aligned her experience, technical knowledge and leadership skills with this purpose.
Commencing as a mine geologist at Mount Isa Mines’ Copper Mine and moving through technical and operational roles with Newcrest Mining and Western Mining Corporation, Laura applied technical standards and effective processes and systems with an ability to lead teams to bring out their best while reinforcing the importance of individuality and difference. She joined BHP at the EKATI Diamond Mine in northern Canada in 2005 and after three years as Asset President of the Cannington Mine in NW Queensland, she was appointed Chief of Staff to the CEO in 2015. Laura now draws on over two decades of experience leading company assets to work with senior executives on delivery of the company’s strategic plan.
A long-time champion of inclusion and diversity and people development, Laura led improvements in women’s facilities at Mount Isa Mines, implemented the use of flexible work and reinvigorated the Aboriginal Impact Benefit Agreements at BHP’s EKATI Diamond Mine. She put in place the first diversity and inclusion plan at BHP’s Cannington Mine and was an inaugural mentor on the WIMARQ Mentoring Program. A former Chair of the Mining Council of Australia Gender Diversity Reference Group, and a supporter of BHP’s Gender Balance Target, Laura’s leadership on inclusion and diversity in the workplace has been recognised through the award of the 2014 QRC/WIMARQ Queensland Woman in Resources, 2014 Inaugural WIRNA Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources and inclusion in the 2016 WIM (UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list.