Martha Cavanagh


Scientific Project Officer

Martha has a passion to care for people with a background in nursing and more than 20 years working as a Work Health and Safety Advisor, in the mining, projects and tertiary education sectors.

Understanding mining from the ground up, she has extensive experience in operations, joining ERA at Ranger Uranium as one of the first female mining trainees, with an explosive introduction to the industry as a drill and blast crew member. As her mining career evolved, she gained first-hand experience as heavy mobile equipment operator, mining operations lead and pit controller, at Rio Tinto’s West Pilbara operations.

Her passion to care for people led her to the field of health and safety, first as the crew health and safety representative and then as a health and safety professional in the operational and corporate environments. Martha has experienced shift work firsthand, in hot environments, under heavy work loads and can manage those and other hazards and risks faced by frontline operators. Her strong focus on equalising the importance of good health in relation to safety is strategically embedded in her approach to improve business wide health and safety management, performance and culture. This approach is complimented by her ability to stay connected with people and application in the field.