Think nickel: the Nickel West journey and view to the future

Think nickel: the Nickel West journey and view to the future

Jul 29
Nickel West, Western Australia’s largest producer of nickel, will give CEDA Trustees a first-hand account of its journey so far, as well as its future vision, as an employer of more than 3500 people and a major contributor to the WA economy.


Eddy Haegel, Asset President, Nickel West, BHP

Event overview

In 2019 BHP announced it would retain Nickel West in its corporate portfolio. Five years on from what was a potential sale, the outlook for nickel is much brighter. This is due to the increased adoption of electric vehicles, coupled with the need for high quality nickel intensity batteries.

Nickel West Asset President, Eddy Haegel, will provide insights to the transformation of the business from an asset sale to a retained commodity. Nickel West is now positioned to be part of the rapidly growing global battery materials industry in WA, with many development options and potential enhancements to its resource position, through exploration and processing innovation.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Eddy Haegel
Asset President, Nickel West, BHP

Eddy Haegel was appointed to the role of Nickel West Asset President in March 2015 with a mandate to execute a business turnaround of the Asset. Nickel West’s subsequent transformation led to the creation of a lean, high-performance and innovative culture focussed on value creation. Eddy’s commercial, technical and operational experience in BHP spans 30 years and four commodities. In his prior role, Eddy was Vice President Production – Mines for BHP Iron Ore from January 2011. From 2006 to 2010, Eddy was the Chief Operating Officer and Asset Lead for NSW Energy Coal. Eddy’s earlier experience was spent in BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), where he held a variety of engineering, operational, maintenance and business improvement roles culminating in his appointment as General Manager at Norwich Park mine in 2003. Eddy has a First Class Honours degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Meet the host

Rob Carruthers
Director of Policy and Advocacy, CME

Robert Carruthers joined CME in March 2019 as Director, Policy and Advocacy. Prior to joining CME, Rob was WA State Manager of Government Relations at BHP. He has held numerous senior corporate affairs positions in the resource sector over the past decade, including overseeing significant capital project developments, organisational transformations and public campaigns across multiple commodity portfolios. Rob also draws from diverse industry and commercial expertise from his five years as a Management Consultant with Accenture. Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University. He is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Investor Relations from the Australasian Investor Relations Association.

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