Head of Geoscience, Western Australia Iron Ore, BHP
Vanessa started her career as a geologist in 1991 at one of South Africa’s open pit coal mines after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Earth Science. She moved on to being a base-metals exploration geologist and then, while finishing her MSc in Exploration Geology, she managed a mineral sands development project before moving to Australia in mid-1998 to complete her PhD.
On returning to South Africa in 2002, Vanessa joined Kumba Resources as a senior and then principle mineral resource geologist. She was promoted to Head of Geosciences for Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore company in 2006 and then moved into iron ore Business Development in 2011.
In late-2013, Vanessa relocated to London to lead Early Studies for Anglo American’s Group Technical and Sustainability function. In early-2017, Hatch Associates appointed her as their Metals and Mining Director for Europe before she joined BHP in March 2018 as Head of Geoscience for Western Australian iron ore.
Vanessa has authored/co-authored 11 journal and conference papers and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa, Society for Economic Geologists and AusIMM. She is a mentor in the International Women in Resources Mentoring Programme.