Linda O’Farrell is a senior Human Resources executive with 18 years’ experience in the Western Australian resources sector. During her career Linda has helped break new ground for women in leadership, holding executive roles for leading resources companies including BHP Billiton Iron Ore, and Mount Gibson Iron; she is now leading the People function for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).
In each of these roles Linda has championed women’s growth and development in the sector, by speaking at industry and diversity events, participating in studies and committees with an interest in people and diversity issues, and supporting diversity networks and working groups.
Being a working parent with two young sons, Linda understands there are real challenges in supporting family and work needs. She has inspired women to take on the challenge through sharing her story, implementing flexible work practices, promoting and mentoring women and celebrating their contributions through awards programs and providing leadership development opportunities.