Board of Directors

Bringing breadth and depth of collective professional experience to deliver the Foundation's purpose in line with the values and ambitions articulated in 'Our Commitment'.

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Chip Goodyear


Chip Goodyear was appointed a Director of the BHP Foundation in September 2018 and Chairman in January 2019. Chip was Chief Executive Officer of BHP from 2003 until 2007 and, prior to that time, held a number of senior executive roles with BHP, including Chief Financial Officer of BHP (1999 – 2001) and Chief Development Officer (2001 – 2003). Prior to joining BHP, Chip was President of Goodyear Capital Corporation and Executive Vice-President and CFO of Freeport-McMoRan. Chip currently serves as a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Boards. Chip also serves on the Board of Trustees of Yale University and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National WWII Museum (US).


Carlos Avila


Carlos Avila has worked for close 30 years in the mining industry; the first half of them at Chilean Copper Corporation (CODELCO), playing different leadership roles in operations, planning, projects, and technological development; and since 2007 with BHP in different executive roles. After serving as Vice President Planning and Vice President Mining at Minera Escondida, he was appointed Vice President of Mining Projects for BHP's Central Technical Team in Australia. Later, he directed the Copper Business Transformation Project. In 2016, Carlos was appointed Vice President of Planning and Technical Services for BHP Minerals Americas. In 2018, he assumed the role of Vice President of Human Resources for Minerals Americas for about a year, and after that, he returned to his previous responsibilities in Planning and Technical Services. Since January 2021, he has served as President of Non-Operated Assets which included the management of BHP's interests in Peru, Brazil, Colombia and the US.


Geraldine Slattery


Geraldine Slattery was appointed as a Director of the BHP Foundation in September 2019. Geraldine joined BHP in 1994 and currently leads BHP’s Australian operations as President Australia. Prior to this, Geraldine was President Petroleum from March 2019 and led BHP’s business which included oil and gas interests and development and exploration programs in the Americas, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria, Mexico and Canada. Geraldine has 28 years of operational and global leadership experience gained in the UK, Australia and the Americas. She was Asset President for global production operations and has also fulfilled key leadership roles in the Onshore Americas business as General Manager Gas Assets, as Vice President of Supply through a period of significant capital expansion, and a variety of technical, safety and operational roles in BHP’s assets in the UK and in Australia.


Luis Felipe Duchicela


Luis Felipe has several decades of global experience leading critical Indigenous affairs work across the private, non-profit and public sectors. In July 2022 he joined BHP as Vice President Global Indigenous & Community Engagement. Before BHP, Luis Felipe served as the Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in USAID based in Washington DC. His previous experience includes serving as Global Advisor on Indigenous Peoples at the World Bank, Regional Director for the Rainforest Alliance, and Executive Director for the Amazon Conservation Association. He was also the first National Secretary for Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Ecuadorian Affairs in the government of Ecuador. Luis Felipe belongs to the Puruwa nation in the province of Chimborazo in the central Andean highlands of Ecuador.

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Mauro Neves


Mauro Neves de Moraes was appointed as a Director of the BHP Foundation in September 2019. Mauro joined BHP in 2017. As Asset President, Mauro leads the Escondida Leadership Team to maximize the potential of the business by embedding a high performing culture with safety as the first priority. Prior to BHP, Mauro was Executive Vice President, Commercial and Marketing at Aurizon in Australia. He also spent nine years with Vale in different roles including the Global Director for Coal business. Mauro currently chairs the boards of FME “Fundación Minera Escondida” and CEIM “Centro Educacional Industrial Minero”.


Vandita Pant


Vandita Pant was appointed as a Director of the BHP Foundation in April 2022. Vandita joined BHP in 2016 and is currently Chief Commercial Officer of BHP based in Singapore, with global accountability for Sales and Marketing, Procurement, Maritime, Global Business Services and for developing the Company’s view on global commodities markets and macro trends. Over Vandita’s career, she had garnered international experience having worked in a variety of executive roles in banking in India, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. She is currently an executive Committee member for the Australian Japan Business Co-operation Committee and has joined the Resource and environmental sustainability cluster of The Future Economy Council (FEC) which drives the growth and transformation of Singapore’s economy for the future.