Toro Energy chief executive officer Vanessa Guthrie has become the first woman chair of the Minerals Council of Australia in the peak industry body’s 40-year history.
The MCA board of directors elected Dr Guthrie today to lead the organisation for the next two years, succeeding Andrew Michelmore.
Dr Guthrie paid tribute to the leadership provided by Mr Michelmore during a period of sharply lower commodity prices.
“Andrew has led the MCA during an extremely volatile and challenging period,” she said.
“Like the sector it represents, the MCA has refocused its efforts on core priority issues and delivered more with less.
“The reality is that a diversified mining industry is more important to the Australian economy than ever. The dividend of the mining investment boom is a much larger mining industry.”
Dr Guthrie has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and is currently on the Board of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Murlpirrmurra Connection.
During 2015, Dr Guthrie was appointed to the Australia-India Prime Ministers’ CEO Forum, to help drive the bilateral economic relationship between the countries.
She was the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Professional Woman award from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was also recognised in 2013 in the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining global
Dr Guthrie is managing director and CEO of Toro Energy, an ASX-listed uranium exploration and project development company based in Perth.