Young engineer shines

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Karratha-based Woodside system engineer Vanessa Bullock took out the 2020 Outstanding Young Woman in Resources.
Camera IconKarratha-based Woodside system engineer Vanessa Bullock took out the 2020 Outstanding Young Woman in Resources. Credit: The Scene Team

An outstanding Karratha-based system engineer has taken out the top award for young females in resources at a recent event in Perth.

Woodside engineer Vanessa Bullock won the 2020 Outstanding Young Woman in Resources award at the 11th annual Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources Awards.

Ms Bullock, pictured, said was grateful for winning the award. “I’ve been afforded awesome opportunities and been able to decide my own future, something my mother didn’t have access to,” she said.

“I am truly grateful to all the people who have taken a chance and bet on me. Keep betting on young women, we won’t let you down.”

Ms Bullock won the award for being a leading team member, for performing rapid responses to critical issues and for delivering two of Woodside’s most complex subsea pigging projects in 2017 and 2018.

She was also selected to present at the Australasian Congress for Applied Mechanics.

She is also an active member of the community and has dedicated her time and skills to mentor others, including several young female engineers.

Ms Bullock is a member of Woodside’s gender and reconciliation advocacy groups and is the youngest member of the Steering Committee for Gender Equality Group.

She is also passionate about reconciliation and has supported the Gumatj Corporation through a six week volunteering secondment with Jawun and at the 2018 Garma Festival.

While she’s not at work, Ms Bullock works towards completing her MBA, while also being the co-founder and operator of Tompost, an urban composting business, which converts organic waste into useable gardening products. Karratha Gas Plant asset manager Breyden Lonnie said he was proud of Ms Bullock’s achievements.

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