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Majella Fowler

Attended from 1974 to 1980

 Majella Fowler


  • After completing Year 12, Majella started work at BHP Steel (now Blue Scope) as a Human Resources Trainee. Majella completed a TAFE certificate and then obtained an Honours Degree in Psychology and Industrial Relations at Wollongong University.


  • In 1987 Majella was appointed the first female and youngest Superintendent with BHP. She worked with BHP locally and in Newcastle in a number of Managerial roles until 1994. It was during this time that Majella was the youngest ever recipient of the Illawarra Career Woman of the Year award, and was a guest lecturer at Wollongong University in Industrial Relations for the Economics Faculty.


  • Majella held a variety of managerial positions in the Minerals division of BHP in Perth, Melbourne, Launceston and Groote Eyland. During this time Majella was a Director of a number of BHP subsidiary Companies and was an Executive Member of the Australian Minerals Council Chairing a group that redesigned the curriculum of Geology, Mining Engineering and Metallurgy Degrees across Australia.


  • Majella was promoted to the Executive Ranks of BHP Billiton and her career became International where she was appointed to the role of Vice President of Human Resources – BHP Tintaya in Peru. Although she lived in the Andes Mountains for 2 years most of her time was spent travelling across North America, South America and Australia in her role as Manager of Due Diligence for Acquisition Teams.


  • Majella was a key player in the largest corporate merger in Australia between BHP and the South African Company Billiton.


  • At 45 Majella retired from corporate life, she is now a full-time farmer and has been awarded the honour of ‘Local Landcare Hero' (after propagating and planting over 3,000 indigenous trees on her property) and is a part-time author.