Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) latest CEO for a Day is driven by her thirst for learning and saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity. Exploration Geologist Caitlin Smith today joined Fortescue’s senior leadership team for the release of the Company’s December 2020 quarterly production report.
A proud Bunjima woman, Caitlin grew up in Roebourne where she developed a strong connection to the land and her culture. She is a passionate about Indigenous rights and is a key contributor to Amnesty International’s Raise the Age campaign, which seeks to raise the age of criminal responsibility for young people.
“Growing up as an Aboriginal woman in a small town, there weren’t a lot of options and I never saw myself going to university, however my mother had different plans for me and with her encouragement I decided to study geology as I love the land,” Caitlin said.
“Becoming CEO for a Day is an honour and I really hope to inspire other Aboriginal women and let them know that the only limits that matter are the ones that you put on yourself. My aspiration in life is to never stop learning and to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that’s presented.
“While I might have started life on the backfoot, I’m determined to live a rich full life and ensure that I leave a positive legacy for other Aboriginal people.”
Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said, “Since its inception, Fortescue’s CEO for a Day program has recognised some of our most promising Aboriginal team members, as part of our longstanding commitment to building the capability of our future Aboriginal leaders.
“Caitlin embodies the very best of our culture and values at Fortescue, serving as a role model for other Aboriginal teammates through her commitment, enthusiasm and ability to face any challenge head-on. She is an inspiration both in her role at Fortescue and in her personal interests and will no doubt motivate others to follow in her footsteps,” Ms Gaines said.