There is no doubt that diversity and inclusion in the workplace are now considered C-level issues, and key leaders in Australia’s oil and gas sector were amongst those who were pushing that message at AOG. This powerful event was an opportunity for the industry to connect, while supporting inclusive and diverse workplaces.
Topic: Diversity of Thought: What’s it all about?
The debate examined the thesis that having a diverse group of people, garnered from different backgrounds and beliefs, helps to boost innovation and problem solving within an organisation.
Gold Sponsor: Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Community Partner: AASQA
Industry Supporter: SMEC
Jacky was appointed as Vice President People & Global Capability in July 2017. Jacky is a HR professional with over 20 years of experience across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. In her current role Jacky is responsible for building executive leadership, maximising employee performance and managing change within the organisation.
Chris Watts is the general manager of Human Resources for Chevron Australia. Watts is responsible for people services including: recruitment; onboarding, remuneration and benefits administration, organisational leadership development, industrial relations and medical services.
Watts joined Chevron Australia in 2007 as the Organisational Capability and Development Manager. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the United States, including Human Resources Manager for Chevron Information Technology Company and Human Resources Manager for Chevron Oronite where he had accountability for a global workforce spanning across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
“At its core, diversity of thought requires the most basic of ingredients: a room with two people in it. Then, mix in their varying cultures, attitudes, backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. Any way you slice and dice it, the scenario becomes more complex, but much more interesting, and ultimately rewarding. The most successful companies are the ones who are able to embrace, and capitalise upon, the myriad of differences their staff bring to create a unified, inclusive, and cohesive structure in tomorrow’s increasingly globalised world.”
Maria is President APAC for BHGE, based in Singapore. She assumed this position with the primary goal to ensure BHGE delivers value to its Customers, across the various product lines (fullstream), while expanding its footprint and capabilities in the region to ensure the right level of operational excellence.
Trish was an experienced hire to Shell in 2005. Since joining Shell, Trish has been Shell Trading HR Manager based in Calgary, EPW Regional Policy Manager based in Houston, Shell Albian Sands HR Manager based in Fort McMurray, VP HR Continuous Improvement based in the Hague, Netherlands,and VP HR Canada Operations based in Calgary, Canada.
Prior to joining Shell, Trish held HR generalist and OE specialist roles based in Calgary in theenergy and chemicals sectors, aswell as a global IT Talent role for a major chemicals company based in London, UK. In her early career, Trish worked for a large consultancy focused on HR and Business Process Improvement projects.
Trish is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s MBA and Bachelor of Commerce programs.
Kirsty Danby, Platform Communications
Ryan Arbon, Woodside Energy
Rebecca Lewis, Woodside Energy
Nicole Hodgson, Chevron Australia
Bridget Abernethy, Shell Australia
Ayesha Parsons, Santos
Jeremy Wray, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Simon White, AMMA