HSEC Awards

HSEC Awards

The BHP Billiton Health, Safety, Environment and Community Awards recognise employees who openly embody the values expressed in Our BHP Billiton Charter with a particular emphasis on putting the health and safety of our people first, being environmentally responsible and supporting our communities.

Over the past 16 years, the HSEC Awards have played a fundamental role in recognising and rewarding employees who have advanced the Company’s HSEC performance and our commitment to the first value of Our BHP Billiton Charter – Sustainability.

Sustainability underpins everything we do at BHP Billiton. These Awards enable us to showcase the depth of innovation that exists throughout our Company in finding new ways of continually enhancing our commitment to health, safety, the environment and the communities that host our operations. In particular, the Awards recognise the effort and passion of our people to make a lasting contribution to our goal of being a company that has no serious injuries or occupational illnesses, continuously improves the efficiency of its natural resource use and positively impacts on the quality of life of the communities in which we operate.

These Awards recognise the outstanding HSEC leadership of our people throughout the world.

​2016 BHP Billiton Health, Safety, Environment and Community Award Finalists


Allyson Faist, Petroleum, US

Reducing inhalation risk

Highly Commended
James McNeilage, Iron Ore, Australia

Hydraulic test bench

Victor Santa Cruz Castro, Copper, Chile

Control system in electrowinning tankhouse

Ian Sawyer, Iron Ore, Australia
Mental wellness program


Chris Mills, Coal, Australia

Driving road safety at Goonyella Riverside Mine

Highly Commended
Alex Swanson, Petroleum, US
North American Shale intelligent well pad

Rodrigo Diaz, Copper, Chile

Integrated cable manipulator

David Hewitt, Petroleum, US
Cement slurry stabilisation for pad construction


Kylie Hollins, Iron Ore, Australia

Big data for biodiversity

Highly Commended
Paul Kelly, Petroleum, US

Power management

Daniel Redman, Coal, Australia

Holistic dust management at Mt Arthur Coal to minimise community impacts

Mark Alchin, Iron Ore, Australia
Green technology solution for oily waste


Anthony Galante, Iron Ore, Australia

Changing the lives of Indigenous people through education and employment

Highly Commended
Chris Cottier, Iron Ore, Australia

A decade of engagement: Innovation through economic and cultural development in host communities

Roberto Junguito, Coal, Colombia

Each drop counts: Cerrejón – an ally of La Guajira facing drought

Jeffrey Parker, Petroleum, US
Old Dominion post mining legacy

Sustainability Leadership Award

BHP Billiton sees a Sustainability Leader as someone who takes responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self and others and takes action to minimise environmental impacts. They identify and understand relevant health, safety, environment and community risks. They build and maintain meaningful, long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

James McNeilage, Iron Ore, Australia

Superintendent Field Maintenance

During his three years at BHP Billiton Iron Ore, James has continuously demonstrated his commitment to Our Charter values, especially Sustainability.

By spending quality time in field, providing an environment where his team feel safe to speak up, and empowering them to develop solutions, he role models our key leadership behaviours – engage, lead change and develop – every day.

His relentless pursuit of safe productivity has seen his team make a number of improvements. In one example, James supported his team in developing a tooling solution that wasn’t available anywhere in the industry. The tool eliminated a significant potential safety risk for the installation of track guides.

James also makes an active contribution to his local community, and empowers his team to support projects they feel passionately about.

Runners up
Mehdi Sibtain, Petroleum, Pakistan
General Manager Pakistan Production Unit

Mehdi’s combination of technical capability, innovative thinking and talent for leading people has earnt him an impressive reputation both within BHP Billiton and in the oil and gas industry.

Although he’s a senior leader, Mehdi is known for ‘getting his boots dirty’, and regularly spending time in the field to make sure he hears from people at all levels of the operation.

In a country with significant challenges for safety culture, Mehdi’s leadership helped the Pakistan Production Unit team achieve six years of operation without a lost time injury (LTI), and 14 years without an LTI at the Zamzama Gas Plant.

Mehdi has driven a strong culture of sustainability in his time as General Manager. His leadership was instrumental in the success of projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations, and to improve education outcomes for the local community. These projects were recognised as finalists in the 2014 HSEC Awards.

The many achievements of his team during his time in Pakistan are a testament to the strength of his leadership and his ability to engage even under the most challenging conditions.

Terry O’Brien, Coal, Australia
Superintendent Production

Terry’s quiet, calm and collaborative approach to leadership, combined with his passion for community engagement, sets the standard at Mt Arthur Coal.

With the mine’s location close to the community of Muswellbrook, the potential for operational impacts on amenity requires a proactive approach to engagement. Terry consistently challenges his team to ensure community considerations are taken into account in every aspect of the mine’s operation. He goes above and beyond in engaging with stakeholders outside the mine gate, and has built strong and trusting relationships with both regulators and community members.

Terry has also applied innovation in working to integrate functional processes, and encourages his team members to step up and develop solutions. His dedication to going above and beyond sets a positive example for frontline employees, who respect and value his caring and empowering approach.