Fiona is a practicing non-executive director specialising in the resources sector. She has over 40 years’ experience in corporate finance, including 30 years working with emerging and mid-tier mining and oil & gas companies as a banker, CFO and non-executive director, successfully guiding growth-oriented resource companies through major transitions.
Currently, she serves as a non-executive director of ASX-listed miners Whitehaven Coal and Heron Resources, and of MPC Kinetic which provides a range of specialist services to the CSG, oil and gas, mining, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors.
After graduating with a degree in geology, she joined The Chase Manhattan Bank in London. Her early career included corporate banking, risk management and resource industry financing roles over 14 years with Chase in London, New York and Sydney, followed by 8 years with gold explorer and producer, Delta Gold Limited as CFO. Fiona then transitioned to a more flexible (family friendly) role as consulting CFO to various emerging ASX-listed mining and oil and gas companies. This led to her appointment as a non-executive director of upstream oil and gas explorer and producer, Drillsearch Energy Limited in 2009.
In her CFO and NED roles Fiona has been involved in projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and the USA, and has consistently subscribed to the importance of effective stakeholder engagement at project, corporate and industry level.
Fiona was an active member of the leadership team of WIMnet, the AusIMM’s Women in Mining Network from 2012 to 2017 and remains a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in optimizing workforce effectiveness.
Fiona was named 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources by WIRNA (Women in Mining and Resources National Awards), and 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in NSW Mining in the NSW Minerals’ Council’s Women in Mining Awards.
Fiona holds an MA (Geology) from the University of Oxford, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.