Women in Mining award winner breaking down barriers for the industry

March 07, 2014

The 2014 NSW Mining Outstanding Woman of the Year is Cate Sims, a Specialist in Aboriginal Relations with Rio Tinto, awarded for working tirelessly to breakdown employment barriers and promote diversity within the NSW mining industry.

“For over 8 years Cate has been promoting and implementing initiatives to improve the diversity of the NSW mining industry. She is the leading individual in indigenous affairs and engagement for Rio Tinto and for our industry and a most deserving winner,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

Cate’s work through the Aboriginal Community Development Fund supports school programmes in the Hunter and has seen young Aboriginal women strive for professional careers and emerge as strong representatives of their school and wider community.

“This award recognises the commitment that Rio Tinto has made to a body of work that requires vision, time and patience to realise,” Cate said.

“I’m elated to win and I’m extremely proud that my work is being  validated in this way. It feels fantastic to win this award, because it shows the value of the work that I have done and will keep doing for my company, the mining industry and the communities where we live and work.”

Cate is also a valuable member of the Steering Group charged with implementing the Industry Based Agreement on Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise Development.


Cate Sims with Minister Anthony Roberts. Photographs of winners available on request.

The 2014 NSW Women in Mining Awards gala ceremony in Sydney last night celebrated the achievements of all four Award winners and finalists who contribute so much to the industry and their community.  

The NSW mining industry is also celebrating the achievements of ‘Aspiring Star’ Abbey Sheridan (Technical Services Vacation Student, Coal Assets Australia, Glencore), and ‘Rising Star’ Alice Sila (Mining Engineer, Peabody Energy). Thiess also received the ‘Outstanding Initiative’ award for its industry leading initiatives to attract and retain women in the mining sector.

“On the eve of International Women’s Day it is fitting to acknowledge the achievements of all the amazing women working in NSW Mining,” Mr Galilee said.

“Mining has long been considered a male dominated industry, but the NSW Women in Mining Award winners are pioneers for a stronger and more diverse mining industry.”

Detailed information on all four Award Winners is shown in attached media release.

For interviews with Winners: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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