For 22 years, Tyrone worked across BP’s engineering functions. He gained a lot of experience in various roles; working as a unit engineer at the Yorktown Refinery in Virginia, an Operations Superintendent at the Texas City Refinery, as Operations Manager for BP’s pipelines and terminals for the East of the Rockies business, and as President of a joint venture called Olympic Pipeline Company – to name a few!
“Each location that I have worked in has had a different culture”, he says, but Tyrone firmly believes that this variety has been a huge asset for the job he does now. As D&I manager for the Fuels North America business, understanding BP’s culture is a big part of the job. His work centres on improving diversity and inclusion across BP.
Looking back on the early years of his career, Tyrone says: “Being able to experience working across lots of different work streams helped me be more effective in my current role. I understand the individual challenges they face and this has given me a unique way of looking at the problems that we are trying to solve”.
Tyrone is passionate about helping people understand how their teams can be better if they are more diverse and inclusive, and his role is focused on coming up with new ways to help shape BP’s culture for the better. “Early on, being the only person that looks like I do was challenging”, he says, “for most of my career, I’ve been the only black person in the room”.
Because of these experiences, Tyrone understands that it takes courage to find your voice when you are the only person who looks different. This was a big factor in his decision to move across to a D&I role: “One of the reasons why I wanted to get into this space was to work out how I can continue to make pathways for others, whether that be for minorities or women.”
For Tyrone, a lot of this relies on analysis. In his current role, he often takes his engineering mind-set and applies it to his work and most recently carried out a root-cause of analysis of BP’s processes to understand why representation is not up to scratch in some areas. “Every day I try to apply a bit of logic that I have learnt over the years so that I can think differently about diversity. Working in engineering helped me develop a varied skillset”.
He is grateful that BP encouraged his transition into a D&I role. “All of the jobs I have had have helped to build up my leadership capabilities”, Tyrone says, but as part of this shift, he also participated in several leadership programs. One of these was called “Strengthen the Pipeline” with the Executive Leadership Counsel, where African American employees met with other black CEOs to hear their experiences and learn how to navigate the workplace.
“BP has done a lot to help me develop and become a better leader”, he says. “My career really illustrates the culture of opportunity we have at BP”.
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