Brenda Denbesten

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Women in Industry 2022 Award Finalist| Chemical Engineer | Operations Management| High Performance Coach| Women in STEM Advocate

Location : Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



An Operations and Continuous Improvement Professional with hands on experience in the development and execution of safety and operations improvement programs. Over 16 years of experience across mining, manufacturing and technology complemented by a strong operations management and change management background.

Working with top tier companies such as BHP, Orica and the Federal Government of Australia, Brenda has experience in technical roles, people leadership and functional support. More recently, she was part of the team that delivered the largest single autonomous mine site conversion for BHP’s Goonyella Riverside Mine.

Advocator and driver for change with a collaborative approach to engaging and influencing stakeholders at all levels to embed positive change. Strong supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as participation of women in STEM. She was a recent finalist for the ‘Excellence in Engineering’ category at the Women in Industry Awards 2022.

Key skills include:
**Excellent communication skills and stakeholder engagement at all levels

**Proven ability to develop, motivate and influence others through natural and authentic leadership

**Highly adaptable and flexible in high pressure environments while remaining calm under pressure.

**Strong problem solving skills with a strong focus on safety, risk management and improvement.

**Facilitation and deployment of critical improvement projects within budget and schedule

Brenda is also a best-selling author of the FIFO wives tales and creator of ‘Chronicles of a Female Engineer’, a YouTube series that demystifies what an engineer does plus how to get ahead in traditional and male dominated fields.

She provides speaking, mentoring and coaching services for organisations to attract and retain women in male dominated industries and individuals to leverage their unique strengths and skills for a fulfilling career and happy life.


STEM Empowerment Coach- CEO and Founder: Brenda Denbesten Coaching
Operations Readiness Specialist: BHP · Contract