Women in Mining celebrated at first National Awards

September 02, 2014

We’re celebrating the contribution of women working in mining and resources right across Australia at today’s Inaugural Thiess Women in Resources National Awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This event, organised by the Queensland Resources Council in conjunction with the NSW Minerals Council and other chambers around the country, builds on state awards and gives us another opportunity to showcase the important role of women in mining on a national scale.
The NSW Minerals Council congratulates the first winners of these awards: Laura Tyler from BHP Billiton winning the inaugural Women in Resources National Award; and Stuart Forrester from Iluka Resources in WA has been named the Gender Diversity Champion.
Laura has been breaking ground all of her career and is the first woman to be appointed as an asset president within BHP Billiton. She heads up the company’s Cannington Mine in North-West Queensland, the world's largest silver and lead mine, and introduced Cannington’s first diversity plan to lift the number of women being employed and retained by the mine. 
Stuart Forrester, Operations Manager for Iluka’s Narngulu operations in WA, is being recognised for increasing the proportion of women at the mining operation from 16.5 percent in 2012 to 25.4 percent in 2013.
And NSW finalists have been recognised in all five awards categories, including Cate Sims from Coal & Allied, nominated in the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources category. Cate is a great representative for mining in NSW, having won the 2014 NSW Women in Mining Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

Pictured: Cate Sims at 2014 Women in Mining Awards
NSW miner Liz Watts, from Glencore, named Outstanding Woman in 2013, was also a finalist in the Gender Diversity Champion in Australian resources category. 
Alice Sila from Peabody Energy, winner of our 2014 Rising Star Award was shortlisted for the Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources category.
And Gabrielle Horn, the first female auto-electrician at Anglo American’s Drayton Mine in the Hunter Valley and 2013 Rising Star Award winner, was a proud finalist in the Outstanding Australian Tradeswomen, Operator or Technician category.

Pictured: Gabrielle Horn and Alice Sila at the 2014 Women in Mining Awards

Thiess NSW was shortlisted in the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance Strategic Initiatives for their 'Women in Mining' Strategic Initiatives, celebrating its success in attracting and retaining women.
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche says the awards are part a nationwide bid to increase the proportion of women in 'nontraditional' roles in the resources sector. For more information on the awards, see the WIRNA website.

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