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Joanne Farrell | Managing Director Australia, Rio Tinto Group

Joanne Farrell was appointed Group executive, Health, Safety & Environment in July 2016, and additionally holds the position of Managing Director Australia, a role that overseas Rio Tinto’s representation in Australia. Joanne is a member of the Rio Tinto Executive Committee, reporting director to the Chief Executive Officer.

Previously Joanne was global head of Health, Safety, Environment & Communities (HSEC) at Rio Tinto, a position she assumed in 2013. In this role she oversaw the setting and assuring of standards in each of the HSEC disciplines, as well as accountability for the management and rehabilitation of Rio Tinto’s legacy properties globally.

During her career, Joanne has held a variety of leadership roles in human resources, training, communications, health, safety, environment, government and community relations at both a corporate level and in Rio Tinto’s key commodities including iron ore, exploration, energy, aluminium, diamonds and coal.