PANEL DISCUSSION - Supporting the Region & Local Business

11 Oct 2023Energy
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PANEL DISCUSSION - Supporting the Region & Local Business

PANEL DISCUSSION - Supporting the Region & Local Business

11 Oct 2023Energy
About the speakers
  • Chantelle King
    Chantelle King
    CEO at Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    As the CEO of the Onslow Chamber of Commerce & Industry Chantelle has managed all chamber teams and activities, developing ways to effectively manage and grow the committee and membership base. Chantelle’s leadership has been key to the growth and success of the Onslow Chamber, assisting with transitioning the chamber from a volunteer run entity with minimal services to a core part of today’s Onslow business landscape. What started as small scale networking activities has grown into a transformative suite of programs that help start and grow businesses in Onslow. The Chamber members grew from 24 to more than 100 very quickly and OCCI now provides tailored programs, functions, networking connections and advocacy. On a more personal level Chantelle has lived in Onslow for nearly 10 years with her family and has been involved with the Onslow Chamber for over 8 of those years.
  • Sarah Whelan
    Sarah Whelan
    CEO at Karratha Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Sarah Whelan, recently appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KDCCI), brings a wealth of diverse experience to her role; including sales, marketing, commercial, contracts, and procurement across a range of industries including publishing, retail, financial services, software development, resources industry and infrastructure projects in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Sarah brings a fresh perspective and dynamic leadership to the Chamber. Her expertise and passion for driving economic growth and supporting local businesses make her an excellent advocate for the thriving business community of Karratha. She brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation among local businesses. Her international experience has enriched her perspective and leadership style, making her a dynamic force in the field of business development and community engagement. Sarah's career journey reflects her adaptability and her capacity to drive success in varying business environments. Sarah's unique blend of insights from different regions and industries positions her as a forward-thinker, ready to harness her expertise for the benefit of the Karratha community.
  • Chris Cowan
    Chris Cowan
    Head of Global Indigenous Procurement at BHP
    Chris was appointed Head of Global Indigenous Procurement at BHP in July 2022, based in Perth, Australia. The role is responsible for supporting BHP to deliver its commitment to create economic empowerment for Indigenous Peoples through increased procurement and contracting opportunities, improved engagement, and the experience of working with BHP. With almost 20 years working in the resources sector, Chris has worked in BHP’s Commercial team since joining the company in 2011. Previous roles with BHP include Head of Supply for Western Australia Iron Ore and Australian Head of Purchasing. Chris is a strong collaborator who’s passionate about the role procurement teams can play, connecting the company with the external world to create social and commercial value. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and lives in Perth with his wife Michelle and their two teenage children.
  • Matthew Baartz
    Matthew Baartz
    General Manager, Rail Maintenance at Rio Tinto
    Matt Baartz is General Manager, Rail Maintenance at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, with accountability for maintaining Iron Ore rail assets across the Pilbara Rail Network in Western Australia, including track, rollingstock, signals and systems. Matt has worked in Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Rail Division for the past 10 years, gaining extensive knowledge of their rail infrastructure and rolling stock assets; along with operations including AutoHaul. Since joining Rio Tinto as a graduate of Engineering and Science, Matt has worked across a number of portfolios including Iron Ore, Diamonds and Minerals product groups, in roles including operations, maintenance and business improvement. Matt knows resources and communities within Western Australia well, having lived in the Kimberley and the Pilbara regions for most of his 20 year career. He is committed to leading with a strong focus on safe, operational excellence and building impeccable ESG credentials; including, re-building trust with our communities and Traditional Owners.

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