Florence grew up on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and is a first language speaker of Cape York Creole or Yumplatok. She has links to the Torres Strait through her mother and to the mainland (Shelbourne Bay on Cape York) through her father. Florence has a Diploma in Business Management and has worked in event management and as a machine operator at Rio Tinto Alcan in Weipa. In 2019 she moved to BHP’s South Flank Project as the Supervisor of the Indigenous Engagement Strategy.
At South Flank, Florence has been responsible for implementing the complex engagement strategy across the site, focusing on cultural safety, engagement, and retention. As part of this role, Florence has commissioned a range of cultural training at the site, including Keogh Bay’s Working with Indigenous Employees.
In 2017, Florence founded Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA), which advocates for quality participation of Indigenous women and builds networks of support. IWIMRA now has more than 6000 followers. Florence is a regular guest speaker at major events due to her profile with IWIMRA and is a confident and engaging facilitator.
Florence joined the Keogh Bay training team in late 2020 and is developing as a confident, engaging and insightful facilitator.
Florence can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org