Top mining women vie for honours

10 January 2018

Queensland’s top resources sector women have been announced.

They are in the running for the annual Resources Awards for Women conducted by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and voluntary group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ).

The winners of the award categories will be announced at the QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast on 8 March, presented by BHP.

‘These awards play a pivotal role in our sector’s efforts to bring better gender balance to our workforce,’ said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.

‘The QRC and its members have a goal of at least 20 percent women in ‘non-traditional’ roles—such as engineering, earth sciences, trades and operators—by 2020,’ he said.

‘Since 2006 these awards have provided a cohort of role models and ambassadors to inspire women to enter and remain in our resources sector.

‘The economic and social benefits of better gender balance for our sector is well made and we believe that women should have equal access to the rewarding and high-paying careers it offers.

‘Over the past 12 years since the introduction of our Women in Resources Action Plan, the proportion of women working in non-traditional roles in our sector in Queensland has risen from just six percent to 14 percent in our latest survey of members.

‘Overall women now make up 16 percent of our workforce, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do.

‘I’m hopeful that with the increasing emphasis placed on gender balance by our members, such as BHP, which has a goal of gender parity in all occupations by 2025, we will reach our goal.

‘If we are to attract the best and brightest into our increasingly technological sector, we need to scoop from the entire talent pool, not just half of it.’

Media contact: Caroline Morrissey 0417 770 893

The 2018 Resources Awards for Women finalists are:

Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources

Jo -Anne Dudley Senior Manager Strategic Mine and Resources Planning Rio Tinto
Bobbie Foot Head of HSE Business Partnership BMA Coal at BHP
Stasia Willoughby Sourcing Specialist Rio Tinto

Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources

Alicia Brown Graduate Process Engineer BHP
Hannah Campbell Production Superintendent Dyno Nobel
Holstein Wong Supply Analysis BHP

Exceptional tradesperson, Technician, operator in Queensland Resources

Neisha Contor Operator, Rio Tinto
Emma Jenkins Diesel Fitter/Heavy Duty Mechanical Technician BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal
Dannielle Weston Diesel Fitter Hastings Deering

Gender Diversity Champion in Queensland Resources

Rachel Durdin General Manager, Project Shaping Rio Tinto
Lee Brentzell Principal Business Planning BHP

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance

BHP, Downer, Rio Tinto

The 2018 QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women, will be presented by BHP at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, 8 March 2018 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am (AEST).

Keynote speaker is Rachael Robertson, Antarctic expedition leader, best-selling author and Australia’s pre-eminent authority on extreme leadership.

The breakfast will be followed by the return of the Inspire! Convention featuring Ms Robertson as moderator of a panel session including past award winners.

For further information and event bookings click here