The finalists have been revealed for this year’s Resources Awards for Women, run by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ).
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards played a pivotal role in the sector’s efforts to bring better gender balance to the workforce.
“The QRC and its members have a goal of at least 20 per cent women in ‘non-traditional’ roles—such as engineering, earth sciences, trades and operators—by 2020,” he said.
“Since 2006 these awards have provided a cohort of role models and ambassadors to inspire women to enter and remain in our resources sector.”
The 2018 Resources Awards for Women finalists are:
Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources
Jo -Anne Dudley – senior manager strategic mine and resources planning, Rio Tinto
Bobbie Foot – head of HSE business partnership, BMA Coal at BHP
Stasia Willoughby – sourcing specialist, Rio Tinto
Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources
Alicia Brown – graduate process engineer, BHP
Hannah Campbell – production superintendent, Dyno Nobel
Holstein Wong – supply analysis, BHP
Exceptional Tradesperson, Technician, Operator in Queensland Resources
Neisha Contor – operator, Rio Tinto
Emma Jenkins – diesel fitter/heavy duty mechanical technician BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal
Dannielle Weston – diesel fitter, Hastings Deering
Gender Diversity Champion in Queensland Resources
Rachel Durdin – general manager, project shaping, Rio Tinto
Lee Brentzell – principal, business planning BHP
Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance
BHP, Downer, Rio Tinto
The winners of the award categories will be announced at the QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast, presented by BHP at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 8.
Mr Macfarlane said the proportion of women working in non-traditional roles in the resources sector in Queensland had risen from just six per cent to 14 per cent in the past 12 years.
“Overall women now make up 16 per cent of our workforce, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.
“I’m hopeful that with the increasing emphasis placed on gender balance by our members, such as BHP, which has a goal of gender parity in all occupations by 2025, we will reach our goal.
“If we are to attract the best and brightest into our increasingly technological sector, we need to scoop from the entire talent pool, not just half of it.”