Heath Nelson, Manager - Aboriginal Business Centre, Fortescue Metals Group
Heath has extensive experience in Aboriginal Economic Development having commenced with the Aboriginal Economic Development Office in 1993.
The role was primarily based in the Kimberley region of Western Australia assisting Aboriginal people realise their economic aspirations.
In 2004, Heath
moved into the tertiary sector with Edith Cowan University
(Director of Education Faculty's Business Centre) and The University of Western Australia
in 2007 as the Business Manager for the Centre of Exploration Targeting
, Centre of Petroleum Geoscience Carbon Sequestration
and Centre of Marine Futures
Heath joined Fortescue Metals Group in April 2012 to increase the engagement and participation of Aboriginal businesses in Fortescue's operations.
Since this time, Heath
has been responsible for awarding over 50 contracts and sub-contracts to small and large Aboriginal businesses totally over $500m.
also developed the Billion Opportunities strategy - Fortescue committing to the awarding of $1Billion contracts to Aboriginal businesses by June 2013.