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 February 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 non-executive director of a number of Boards and Advisory Boards including non-profits and corporates.


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.


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.


Carlos Avila


Carlos Avila has worked for 30 years in the mining industry; the first half of them at the Chilean Copper Corporation (CODELCO), playing different leadership roles in operations, planning, projects, and technological development; and then, 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. In 2016, Carlos was appointed Vice President of Planning and Technical Services for BHP Minerals Americas. Since January 2021, he has served as President of Non-Operated Assets which includes the management of BHP's interests in Peru, Brazil, Colombia and the US.


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. He is currently focusing on building a strategic alliance to promote the sustainable development of Indigenous communities linked to BHP operations in Chile. 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.