Kathy Hirschfeld AM


Kathy Hirschfeld AM
CEW Member

Merryck & Co.
Executive Mentor/Coach

Kathy Hirschfeld became the 9th woman to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by engineers Australia and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of New York listed InterOil Corporation.

A Chemical Engineer, Kathy held leadership and executive roles in oil refining, logistics, exploration and production throughout her international career with BP.   She is a non-executive director of InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC), Broadspectrum Limited (ASX:BRS), and Toxfree Solutions Limited (ASX:TOX).  She was a director of ASC Pty Ltd from 2012 - 2015 & Snowy Hydro Limited from 2011 to 2013.  She is a Senator of the University of Queensland and a board member of UN Women Australian National Committee.

Kathy currently chairs the Risk Committee at Toxfree and previously chaired Risk and HR committees at ASC and Snowy Hydro respectively.  She is a member of the HSE committee at Transfield & Toxfree and a member of the Audit & Remuneration committees at Toxfree and InterOil.  She has extensive Industrial Relations experience having negotiated Enterprise Agreements with most of the key industrial unions in Australia.

She was Managing Director of BP's Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane 2005 - 2010, and a member of the Executive Committee for BP Australasia. She was also a Director of New Zealand Refining Company, an NZX 50 company. In 2004 she was Refinery Manager and General Manager of BP's joint venture refinery in Turkey where she was responsible for the safe shutdown of the processing plant, and conversion of the tank farm to a terminal.

She held roles as Commercial Manager at BP Wytch Farm oil field in Dorset & for Non-operated Refineries in London, and also as a Transformation Manager in BP Exploration & Production based in Aberdeen.

In Australia, Kathy held a variety of management roles in maintenance and operations at BP Kwinana Refinery in Perth, as well as being Regional Logistics Manager for BP in NSW.

Kathy is deeply committed to fostering the next generation of leaders and realises this as a member of a number of high profile boards and non-profit organisations. Kathy was an officer in the Australian Army Reserve for over 20 years. Kathy was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for significant service to engineering, to women, and to business.

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