Meet the team

We are a team of bold thinkers, passionate about collaborating to play our part in delivering sustainable, transformative change.


Alejandra Garces

Program Director, Chile Program

Alejandra joined BHP in 2006, working in social investment and governance roles contributing implementing and strengthening the company’s creation of value and sustainability. In 2018, she was appointed Program Director of BHP Foundation’s Chile Program, supporting more than 20 collaborative projects related with equity in education, community environmental resilience and citizen participation. Alejandra has a degree in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and has completed postgraduate studies on cultural management, Indigenous People’s rights and legislation, community engagement and social investment, certified by the most prominent national and international universities. Alejandra is based in Santiago, Chile.


Alex Farrar

Legal Counsel

Alex supports the BHP Foundation in meeting its legal and regulatory obligations, and in assisting our partner organizations to understand the Foundation’s requirements in relation to human rights, safeguarding and anti-bribery and corruption. Alex’s legal practice has always focused on supporting minority perspectives in industry and governance. In her spare time she loves reading and travelling with her young family. Alex is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Alyna Wyatt

Program Director, United States & Canada Programs

Alyna leads the U.S. & Canada projects' portfolio since April 2024, bringing a combination of international development experience and a rich technical skillset. Prior to this, she worked as the Foundation’s Learning and Impact Advisor. She has held several leadership positions within the evaluation profession. She managed the Genesis Analytics’s wide strategy, growth and transformation at her role as a Managing Partner, and led the specialist evaluation practitioners serving a variety of clients from Foundations to international NGOs. Alyna is currently the American Evaluation Association representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation. Alyna is based in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys being active outdoors with her husband, son and Yorkshire terrier.


Catalina Corrales

Communications Specialist

Catalina is a journalist originally from Colombia, where she worked as an editor in chief for several publishing houses. She was also the editor of UNICEF Colombia’s bulletin to donors. In Australia, Catalina has pursued her passion of designing, implementing and evaluating communications strategies to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, Women, Indigenous and underrepresented groups in social enterprises, from startups to the Australia Government. Catalina joined the BHP Foundation in 2023 to help amplify the Foundation's partners work and impact, across our communications channels. Catalina is based in Melbourne, Australia, from where she also helps migrant women and international students understand their rights in the workplace.


Christian Santin

Program Officer

Christian joined the BHP Foundation in March 2024 to provide both broad and deep cross-functional support to the Foundation's programs. Prior joining the Foundation, Christian spent over 20 years in a wide range of roles within BHP in Chile, combining his deep passion for learning, integrating functions, solving problems and leading continuous improvement. Christian holds a degree in Accounting, Auditing and Engineering from the University of Chile and a Master in Human Resources. He also completed a Master in Education and Applied Neuroscience, which led him to start his own school in his hometown with his wife. Christian is based in Santiago de Chile, Chile.


Claire Harbron

Chief Investment Officer

Claire leads the Foundation’s Programs Team, working across strategy areas to maximise the outcomes and impact of the Foundation’s investments. Claire’s background combines experience in philanthropy and the private sector. Prior to joining the BHP Foundation Claire spent ten years with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, most recently as Chief of Staff to the CEO and previously leading a variety of program areas in child health and nutrition. Previously, Claire was at Ernst and Young where she worked with both the public and private sector in health and consumer products. Claire has a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Claire is a member of the Global Advisory Group for the Centre for Effective Philanthropy. Claire is based in London, United Kingdom.


Dearne Kinsella

Program Officer

Dearne joined the BHP Foundation in 2021 after more than ten years with BHP, in various roles with the environment, community and corporate communications teams. With an unbridled passion for collaboration and strong understanding of brand, positioning and research, Dearne provides cross-functional support to our programs and partners. She has a Bachelor of Science, Conservation Biology and Environmental Management from Edith Cowan University. Dearne is energized by social change, is an advocate for gender equity in her local community and volunteers at an international women-lead organization. Dearne is based in Melbourne, Australia.


Emma Crotty

Risk and Compliance Advisor

Emma supports the team and its partner organizations to manage compliance obligations and identify opportunities to manage risk and build resilience in the pursuit of an equitable and sustainable future. Before joining the Foundation in 2023, Emma spent over 13 years in Legal and Risk Management roles in private practice and with BHP, exploring how the private sector operates responsibly and ethically and creates social value. She holds degrees in Law and Commerce (Accounting and Economics) from Flinders University and an International Certificate in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management. Emma is based on Kuarna land in Adelaide, Australia.


Faith Rose

Program Director, Education Equity Program

Faith oversees the implementation of the Education Equity strategy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Faith helped found and was Chief Strategy Officer for the Education Partnerships Group (EPG), which partners with Ministries of Education to strengthen their education systems through policy reform. Prior to EPG, she worked for the Children's Investment Fund Foundation on school health programs and supported the development of the first Development Impact Bond for education. Faith has a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Political Science from Queen's University in Canada. Faith is based in London, United Kingdom.


Helen Dransfield

Company Secretary

Helen joined the BHP Foundation in early 2023 and is an experienced company secretary and governance professional who has worked with a range of corporate and not-for-profit entities. Helen provides best practice governance standards to support the Foundation Board and contributes to a productive working relationship between the Board and management team. Helen, a former lawyer with King, Wood & Mallesons, has held Company Secretary roles at the Vodafone Australia Foundation, Barnardos Australia and Habitat for Humanity Australia. Helen is a long-standing member of the Governance Institute and is passionate about making a difference in the charity landscape, to help improve the lives of others, and to build sustainable long-term organizations. Helen is based in Sydney, Australia.


Kristen Ray

Chief Executive Officer

Kristen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BHP Foundation in 2023. As Chief Operating Officer over the last 3 years, she focused on optimizing organizational performance while maintaining effective governance and operational systems. Prior joining BHP Foundation in 2021, Kristen spent over 17 years in a broad range of front line and senior leader roles across Operations, Technology, and Health Safety and Environment. Kristen has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, United States. Kristen is based in Houston, United States.


Laura Clifton-Jones

Communications Director

Laura sets the strategic direction for the BHP Foundation's positioning, communications and stakeholder engagement approach and leads its execution to optimize awareness, understanding and credibility of the Foundation. Laura joined the BHP Foundation in 2022 with a broad range of experience across communications disciplines and detailed knowledge of the resources sector having spent more than 13 years of her career in some of the world’s biggest resources companies. Laura holds a double degree in Journalism and Business (Public Relations) with honors from the Queensland University of Technology. Laura is based in Melbourne, Australia.


Maya Donevska

Chief Operating Officer

Maya was appointed Chief Operating Officer at the Foundation in February 2024. Prior to this role she was Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asia at BHP. Maya joined BHP in 2014 and has worked across numerous disciplines in corporate affairs. Prior to BHP, she worked at General Motors for 13 years in corporate affairs and sustainability across Australia and Asia. In 2010, with four other mothers, Maya helped found St Kilda Mums, an organization to support families by providing essential recycled nursery items. She has a Bachelor of Communications and a Master in Communication Management. Maya is based in Naarm (Melbourne) Australia and enjoys travelling with her family and dogs.


Melinda Macleod

Program Director, Environmental Resilience Program

Melinda has spent the past six years working with expert organizations to build a portfolio of projects. This program now supports seven Projects that are aiming to change the way conservation at a large scale is achieved, with a big focus on supporting Indigenous peoples and local communities culture and leadership, in locations as diverse as snow-covered boreal forest in Canada, coral reefs, tropical rainforests in the Peruvian Amazon and Australia’s 10 Deserts. Before this, Melinda worked for five years with the BHP team in Environmental Strategy and health, safety and environment leadership roles, and for 16 years with the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority. With a major in Zoology (Bachelor of Science), Melinda also hold a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Melinda is based in Perth, Australia.


Muza Gondwe

Program Director, Natural Resource Governance Program

Muza brings more than 15 years of experience in social impact, mining and academia. Prior to joining the Foundation, her previous roles included facilitating university and mining industry partnerships. She has also led design, delivery and evaluation of resource governance programs for emerging economies at the International Mining for Development Centre. Muza holds a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Western Australia. She is a past Fellow of the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge. Although she currently lives in Perth, Australia, Muza calls Malawi home. Muza brings her deep passion for diversity and inclusion and volunteers for women empowerment organizations.


Natalie Easton

Financial Controller & Treasurer

Natalie supports financial accounting and tax compliance obligations for the BHP Foundation, as well as longer term financial planning and investment analysis. Natalie is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and has 20 years’ experience across various tax, accounting, finance optimization and system implementation roles in the resource sector. Natalie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Commercial Law) from Deakin University. In her spare time, Natalie is a keen traveler, a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter and an amateur yogi. Natalie is based in Houston, United States.


Veronica Olazabal

Chief Impact and Evaluation Officer

Veronica is the President of the American Evaluation Association and teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her professional background ranges more than 20 years and six continents and includes leading global programs, research and evaluation for The Rockefeller and MasterCard Foundations. Veronica has served on various funding and advisory boards including most recently with The World Benchmarking Alliance. She is the recipient of several industry awards and has published in various publications. Veronica holds a Bachelor in Communications and a Masters in Urban Policy from Rutgers University. Veronica is based in New Jersey, United States, with her partner, two children and rescue dog.


Victoria Thom

Program Director, Australia Country Program

Victoria is an experienced social impact strategist and internationally accredited partnership broker. Her career spans business consulting, international development and social enterprise, which has given her a unique view on how complex systems can be disrupted through shifts in thinking, power and effective multi-stakeholder collaboration and governance. In 2021, Victoria joined the BHP Foundation to lead the Australia Country Program, a diverse portfolio of partnerships focused on building equity and supporting the realization of rights for Indigenous peoples and young people. Victoria holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Victoria is based in Melbourne, Australia.