Rio Tinto engineer Jo-Anne Dudley has been named Queensland’s Exceptional Woman in Resources for 2018.
Ms Dudley has worked in underground mines throughout Australia, Africa, the USA and Mongolia and currently holds the position of senior manager strategic mine and resources planning.
The Brisbane-based mother of two travels regularly to Mongolia and manages 30 people across three locations; Brisbane, Ulaanbaatar and the Oyu Tolgoi mine.
She chaired the voluntary group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) in 2008 and 2009 and is a member of the University of Queensland Women in Engineering Initiative Advisory Board.
“To ensure that not only the strongest survive those early, and often lonely years, I am a passionate participator in the WIMARQ/QRC mentoring program having mentored four wonderful women in resources over the past three years,” she said.
The annual Resources Awards for Women, organised by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and WIMARQ, were presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre today in front of a crowd of more than 1000, including about 450 people watching on via the internet at Moranbah, Mount Isa, Blackwater, Curragh Mine, Cannington Mine and Rockhampton.
“These awards play a pivotal role in our sector’s efforts to bring better gender balance to our workforce,” 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.”
In more than a decade since the introduction of the Women in Resources Action Plan, the proportion of women working in non-traditional roles in the sector in Queensland had risen from just six per cent to 14 percent in the latest survey of members, he said.
Other category winners were:
- Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance, Rio Tinto
- Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources, Holstein Wong, BHP
- Exceptional tradesperson, technician, operator in Queensland Resources, Dannielle Weston, Hastings Deering
- Gender Diversity Champion in Queensland Resources, Rachel Durdin, Rio Tinto
- Exceptional Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Student in Queensland Resources Caitlyn Barnes, Moranbah SHS
Read Exceptional Woman in Resources Jo-Anne Dudley’s fascinating story on our profile page here.