William Hartley


William Hartley is a young Australian mining engineer with a diverse background in the operation, management and analysis of open cut mines. He is passionate about the development of the resources industry and the people that make it successful.

Will believes that the best operations are successful when they identify people as their greatest resource and develop them accordingly. The scale, scope and character of the international resources industry is what continues to motivate him with new challenges and opportunities.

Starting his career with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) in the Bowen Basin, Will worked his way up to Operations Superintendent through various technical, contract management and continuous improvement roles across Goonyella, Peak Downs and Caval Ridge Mines. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland with an Extended Major in Mining (Honours) and was awarded the Sir Ollie Patterson Prize for best Mining Thesis Seminar in 2010.

Currently employed with BHP, based in Santiago, Will is working with multi-cultural teams on the expansion of the global Maintenance Centre of Excellence focused on Strategy Development through the application of data science to traditional mining problems. This has included opportunities for analysis of open pit copper assets in Chile and conventional petroleum assets across Western Australia, the Gulf of Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

AusIMM plays a role in the development of many mining professionals and Will is no exception. Starting in the Southern Queensland Student Chapter and most recently serving as Vice-Chair of the New Professionals Network, his proudest memory is creating ‘Barefoot Mentoring,’ a chance for different mining professionals to engage with students and university graduates and share their passion on Sunday afternoons.

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