Rowena Smith

Jayson Infante

Rowena Smith
CEW Member

South32 Ltd
Chief Sustainability Officer

Rowena Smith was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer at South32 Ltd in 2017 with overall global responsibility for Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability and Security. She was previously Vice President Supply, Australia region.

Prior to joining South32, Rowena worked with BHP Nickel West as Head of Resource Planning and Development. In her 14 years with BHP, she also held senior roles in marketing and operations, including General Manager, Kwinana Nickel Refinery. Earlier in her career she worked in operational leadership roles within Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelting business.

Rowena currently serves as Chair of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), the charitable arm of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

Rowena was the Chamber of Minerals and Energy finalist for Women in Resources Champion 2014 and Women in Mining WA #BeBoldforChange 2017 Summit Speaker on "Overcoming Barriers to Inclusive Workplaces.

Rowena holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.

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