A positive attitude and strong sense of empowerment has earned Kingsley Hoare the opportunity to become Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) CEO for a Day.
A Ngunuru Warjarri man from Meekatharra, Kingsley started with Fortescue four years ago as an ancillary operator at Solomon, before becoming a digger operator and most recently stepping up as an acting pit supervisor, running a crew of more than 30 people.
“It is an honour and privilege to be selected to be CEO for a Day and I look forward to learning skills that will help me as a leader in the future,” he said.
“Working at Fortescue has empowered me to have the courage to step up and I want to be a role model for other young Aboriginal men so that one day they can also achieve their own personal goals.”
The father-of-three has gained the respect of his fellow team members through his great attitude and operating skills and in 2017 was awarded with a NAIDOC Leadership Award.
“I have been impressed by Kingsley’s career progression, taking on all the challenges that have been put forward to him while always keeping the safety of his work mates in mind,” Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Nev Power said.
“He embodies the Fortescue value of empowerment by leading and inspiring others, including his fellow Aboriginal team members, through his ‘can do’ attitude to work and life. Kingsley has definitely demonstrated to everyone that he is one of our future leaders.”
Inspired by GenerationOne’s CEO for a Day competition, Fortescue’s CEO for a Day program sees Chief Executive Officer Nev Power host an aspiring Aboriginal leader at each quarterly results release.
Participants are given the opportunity to work closely with Mr Power and the executive team to experience how the business operates at the highest level.