Britt Madafferi’s leadership qualities shine through in both her work and community roles, where she is always focused on supporting and lifting up those around her.
Britt has lived in Port Hedland for almost 19 years, working first with Federal Government agencies Centrelink and the Indigenous Coordination Centre, and the last 10-plus years with BHP.
She took on a committee role with the Hedland Women’s Refuge in 2019 and is now co-chair of the organisation. While the management committee are not involved in the day-to-day running of the refuge, they play a supporting role to the manager and staff.
“I look at it as my full-time non-paying job,” she says. “But it’s something I do to give back to the community. It’s such an important service for the community.”
Britt also devotes plenty of energy to supporting her husband Fred’s passion for baseball, serving as treasurer of the Port Hedland Baseball Association for almost 10 years.
At work, she is a site planning superintendent in Port Maintenance at BHP’s Nelson Point operation, but in addition to this Britt plays an important role as an advocate and mentor for indigenous employees as part of an Indigenous Peer Support Network.
Britt likes to describe it as sponsorship rather than formal mentoring because the approach is unstructured and responds to the needs of each individual as required.
Britt is responsible for organising events during NAIDOC Week, including BHP’s Port and Rail NAIDOC awards night, as well as highlighting the achievements of Indigenous employees throughout the year.
Hedland is lucky to have someone with the energy and passion of Britt Madafferi.
Thank you, Britt, for being a true Local Leader.