Karina is a proud yupungathi women who has spent the majority of her work career in the corporate space in Brisbane.
I made the decision to move across to mining 9 years ago. At the time I was entering the unknown as I had zero mining experience but I knew I had a lot of skills that would be transferrable from the corporate space.
I began as an inexperienced operator and have worked my way into a leadership roles. I have worked as a production supervisor for truck/ shovel fleets as well as dragline. As an indigenous leader in a same sex relationship I feel it’s incredibly important to be visible and honest with who I am. I want to have a work place where people can be free to bring their true selves to work and where their indigenous heritage is celebrated not hidden.
I also want indigenous operators to see that they too can have a career in mining. If we see it we can be it! A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity I have experienced firsthand the gaps around understanding of our indigenous peoples. In the production space I truly believe the value is in the people we lead. If I can foster and build effective relationships I will have a team that is more engaged and productive. This is the defining factor when most mines use the same class equipment. How can we be more effective in our use of that equipment and the key is our people?
I see great value in developing people as for too long we have had this mindset that a truck operator is “just” a truck operator but their job is a crucial piece of the mining puzzle and its time we recognised this. I don’t see my job as a job when I get to work outdoors and be connected to land every single shift. Outside of work I am a passionate foodie who enjoys long dinners with friends and family.
Karina Lynch, Production Supervisor at BHP, will be joining a Q&A on understanding the cultural and spiritual values of Australia’s Indigenous community within the Workforce Attraction, Retention, Diversity and Inclusion session at IMARC. Download the programme.