BDC Alumni: Rory Clifford - Another BDC Success

Wednesday, 03 Aug 2022

Rory was enrolled at BDC in 2001 and sat for the HSC in 2011.

During this time here he was placed on the Principal’s Award list in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was an accelerated student in Information Processes and Technology. In his final year, Rory was awarded the University of NSW Academic Excellence scholarship and studied there to graduate with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours.

During this time, he says, “I featured on the Dean’s Awards list 3 times, and spent 6 months in Canada at the University of Western Ontario for an exchange program. I lived at Warrane College for the majority of my tenure, which was an excellent boarding facility right on the corner of the University, and whilst in Canada lived in similar on-campus accommodation. The exchange experience was one of the best experiences of my life, and absolutely worthwhile.

After Uni, I accepted a Graduate Management program with John Swire & Sons (Australia), and proceeded to relocate to Brisbane to work in my first role with one of Swire’s subsidiaries, HSE Mining. I was offered a full-time role as a Commercial Analyst at HSE following the Grad program and spent two years in this role.”

In 2020 Rory was seconded to a Lean improvement project which implemented visual KPI boards across all of the company’s operational and head-office sites.

Following this role, he shared that he “accepted the role of Commercial Superintendent at HSE, which was a FIFO role based at South Walker Creek, one of our operational mines in the Bowen Basin.”

In looking forward, Rory suggests that he sees the next role he’d like to take on as being a Commercial Manager across a broader portfolio of contracts. “I would be excited at the opportunity to manage a team and hold more responsibility in key business and contractual decisions. I plan to continually seek out challenging roles into the future, to ensure I continue to grow professionally and personally.”

Congratulations Rory on such a wonderful career and vocation that you have worked hard to achieve. Another BDC success!