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Kat Norman

Operations Survey Team Lead
Management of land and facility surveys for our business, gathering spatial/location data to inform business planning, operations and decommissioning.
Energy, gas and oil
Shell QGC Business
Job Level
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About me

  • Regional Background

Looking back, the resources industry has always been a part of my life. I grew up in the Hunter Valley, the second youngest of 8 kids, and my dad worked in the local coal mine. When I was 10, my family moved to Gin Gin in Queensland and lived an off-the-grid lifestyle. 

When the time came to apply for university – I had no real idea what I wanted to do, just that it was important for me to continue my education. After six months studying a degree in journalism, I made a complete right-turn and transferred to a Bachelor of Science, and after a year, decided to specialise in Geology – I had found my niche! 

Following university, I joined QGC as a geologist and completed their graduate program. I then worked as a geologist with QGC for the next 6 years until I applied for a role in the company completely outside my comfort zone. I led our community engagement team for 18 months and learned a lot about our business and myself. I recently moved back into our technical department, leading our Survey Operations Team.

About my role

  • Curious
  • Flexible
  • Independent
  • Optimistic
  • Resourceful

This role manages a team of surveyors and geospatial specialists to plan, execute and evaluate onshore (and less frequently offshore) surveys, in support of Shell’s QGC business.

The Operations Survey Team Lead works with different groups within the business to make sure that spatial information is gathered for teams, to the quality they require, with a focus on delivering this safely. Teams capture data on surveys prior to constructing well-sites, pipelines, and facilities. The Operations Survey Team Lead then defines property and lease boundaries and carries out environmental and cultural heritage surveys to ensure that commitments are complied with.

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  • Bachelor of Science (Geology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Hons (Sedimentology)


  • Young Australian of the Year for our tiny town of Gin Gin
  • PESA Postgraduate Scholarship to fund my honours degree in Sedimentology


  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Pilates
  • Reading
  • Travel

15 year old me!!

“No decision or outcome is completely permanent, if things don’t work out exactly as you expect or you don’t like the outcome, you don’t have to stick with it. ”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Experienced loss at early age (Dad passed away when I was 16, and Mum when 21)
  2. Decision to transfer from Journalism to Science degree
  3. Part-time geology job in final year of university
  4. Accepted into QGC Graduate Program
  5. Broadening role in Social Performance

My employer

Shell businesses in Australia are part of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. Their aim is to meet the energy needs of society, in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future.