The finalists in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women have been announced.
The awards, run by the Queensland Resources Council and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland, recognise the leading women, as well as the work of men and women who promote gender diversity in the sector.
They also recognise resource companies’ efforts to improve gender balance in their workforces.
“These awards recognise our sector’s ability to bring better gender balance in our workplaces,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“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.
“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 economic and social benefits of better gender balance for our sector are clear and we believe that women should have equal access to the rewarding and high-paying careers the resources sector offers.
“Women now make up 16 per cent of our workforce, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do.”
The winner of the 2019 Exceptional Woman category will take home an MBA scholarship from the Australian Institute of Management.
The awards will be presented at the QRC’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast on March 8.
The finalists are:
Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources: Carmen Letton, Sussannah Osborne, Jennifer Purdie
Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance: South32, WorkPac Group
Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources: Alicia Hurkmans, Lauren Keleher, Jennifer Ross
Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator: Alanna Dennien, Carly Doncila, Florence Drummond
Gender Diversity Champion: Rob Jackson, Robert Mancinelli, Heidi Uytendaal
Exceptional Woman in Exploration: Kylie Carre, Sue Slater, Kim Wainwright