Aussie women make global list

WOMEN in Mining has launched the 2018 edition of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
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The list, its third edition, aims to showcase the range of female talent within the global mining industry and to identify inspirational role models to encourage future generations of women to consider mining as a career choice.

A record 642 nominations were received and the 100 women selected by a panel of judges come from 28 countries.

Almost a quarter (24) of the list were Australia-based women.

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines was the most high-profile Aussie named.

Only yesterday, she told the company's annual general meeting that 24% of the company's management team was female and 17.2% across the whole company.

"I'm focusing on creating an environment that has equal representation, regardless of gender or race," Gaines said.

Several high-profile company directors made the list: Gascoyne Resources chairman and Pilbara Minerals director Sally-Anne Layman, Sandfire Resources and MZI Resources director Maree Arnason, and South32, Iluka Resources and Newcrest Mining director Xiaoling Liu.

South32 chief people and legal officer and company secretary Nicole Duncan also made the list, as did Newcrest manager performance, Telfer operations Gabriela Love.

In the gold sector, Surbiton Associates director Sandra Close, Gold Fields vice president, legal and compliance Australasia Kelly Carter, and St Barbara principal business development Meryl Jones were part of the list.

In the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, Ausdrill director Alex Atkins, MEC Mining Group general manager Maria Joyce, Imdex general manager product development Michelle Carey, Orica senior manager, performance reporting Sara Prendergast, and ConsultMine CEO Alison Golsby were honoured.

Anglo American head of RDP and LoAP Carmen Letton and Glencore general manager business development and technical services Nicole Brook were on the list from the Australian coal sector.

KPMG national mining leader Denise McComish also made the cut.

The other Australian women on the list were: Rio Tinto general manager, resource knowledge and definition Lynn Olssen, BHP Kambalda concentrator operations manager Jacinta Parsons, KCGM senior maintenance planner Shannon Youd, South32 OBC supervisor Jennifer Ten Broeke, Oyu Tolgoi senior manager strategic mine and resources planning Jo-Anne Dudley, BHP production scheduling superintendent Dhakshi Weerawardena and South32 work management planner - electrical April Richardson-Schuch.

"This book is a living history of women working in mining and through their stories we learn how they have addressed challenges, empowered others and forged rewarding and important careers in the sector," WIM chair Carole Cable said.

"The key themes emanating from the stories are the acknowledgement that much more needs to be done to improve diversity and inclusion, the challenge of attracting and retaining women, and their optimism that the industry has the ability to change further. 

"We hope this book, and others like it from WIM groups around the world, will strengthen the voices of women in mining to change attitudes toward diversity and inclusion. 

"There is an incredible talent base out there - current and future - so our challenge is to break the models that don't work and dare to increase the pace of change."

Anglo American/De Beers led the list with six entries, followed by South32, Newmont, BHP and Glencore with four.

Other high-profile global women to make the list included Barrick Gold chief financial officer Catherine Raw and Newmont chair Noreen Doyle.