The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is committed to recognising and promoting the programs and initiatives members implement to enable a more diverse and inclusive workforce across the resources sector.

We have plenty of great stories to share. Meet the men and women who champion inclusion and diversity across Queensland’s resources sector.

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Maryann Wipaki | Glencore Queensland Metals

Hear from Maryann – an inspiring leader in the resources sector who is changing perceptions, breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.

“I have been motivated to increase career opportunities for women in the mining industry, one example of this is the creation and implementation of the Job Role Criteria (JRC) tool. The JRC tool primarily assists health and rehabilitation professionals to assess employees’ capabilities to undertake occupational activities. It has since been adapted as a risk-based tool that can be used in recruitment. Its implementation allows more women to be employed into non-traditional positions.”


Maryann Wipaki - Winner - Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources

Jo Best | Hastings Deering

Jo took home the prestigious Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources award at the 2020 QRC / WIMARQ Resources Awards for Women.

One week after the awards, Jo led the Hasting Deering Covid-19 emergency response across four countries, driving record levels of employee engagement.

“Never in my wildest dreams, when taking to the stage in March and accepting my award would I, or anyone, have envisaged everything my award stood for and that flexibility in the way we work would come under global scrutiny weeks later with Covid-19.”



Liz Hansen | Anglo American

Liz took home the Gender Diversity Champion award presented at the 2021 Queensland Resources Council (QRC) / Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Resources Awards for Women.

Liz was recognised for her work in spear-heading a cultural change program that focused on the priority areas of Inclusive Leadership, Dynamic Working and the business-wide delivery of ‘Call It Out’ – a training program designed to support inclusive workplaces, free from bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination.



Tanya Cambetis | Glencore Queensland Metals

As a mother of four, president of her local Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) branch and full-time Operations Contracts Coordinator at Glencore Mount Isa Mines, Tanya has a lot on her plate. Add to that her selection as a finalist in the 2022 QRC/WIMARQ Resources Awards for Women, and it’s pretty clear Tanya is the sort of person who likes making things happen.

Listen in to this awesome interview by ABC Radio North West to hear Tanya talk about her nomination in the Exceptional Tradeswomen / Technician / Operator in Queensland Resources award category to the work she’s doing to inspire more women to take up career pathways in resources.


Tenille Tonga | Hastings Deering

Tenille Tonga who describes herself as an Indigenous gay tradesperson, is the first female Leading Hand in Hastings Deering Mackay and manages a team of 20 diesel fitters, trades assistants, and apprentices.

“When Hastings Deering implemented Together As One, it struck me how important it is to share my story with other apprentices to show them how the industry has made significant inroads and we can come to work and be our ‘true selves’.

Tenille Tonga


 TransCoal is a remote mining logistics management company that was started over 20 years ago to bring about transformation in the way logistics was managed. It sought to break the mould of the traditional approach and remove the perception that it could only be done well by people from male-dominated environments of mine sites.

TransCoal is 100% female-owned and throughout its 20-year history has maintained a strong female representation which is currently over 50%. TransCoal has achieved this fantastic outcome by not only fostering a work environment and a culture that is inclusive but most importantly by setting up an Operating Model that enables people from a wide range of backgrounds to come into the industry and be successful and respected.


TransCoal - Winner - Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance Award


Together as one | Hastings Deering

Hastings Deering believes that everyone deserves to feel as though they belong. The successful implementation of their ‘Together as One’ initiative highlights the powerful benefits of a diverse workforce, enabling employees to better understand customers, be innovative and deliver excellence. Since the program launched in 2018, Hastings Deering has increased female apprenticeship and graduate application rates, as well as intake numbers and retention – rising from 5% in 2018; to 11% in 2020; 18% in 2021; and now 21% for the 2022 intake.