100 global inspirational women in mining

STRICTLY Boardroom introduces you to 100 global inspirational women in mining.


A couple of weeks back, Strictly Boardroom attended the Mines and Money conference in London, the UK’s largest annual mining industry conference.

Alongside the conference were the usual networking / free drinks events – the best of which was organised by the UK ‘Women in Mining’ (WIM UK) group. The WIM event not only drew the largest crowd but also offered the opportunity to win some bling!

Whilst the WIM UK event itself was well-attended by women (possibly up to a third of the crowd) the same could not be said for the rest of the conference. A quick count during one of the presentation sessions Strictly Boardroom chaired revealed a total of just three women in the room out of 52 (6%).

Looking across the whole conference, of the 189-people involved in the conference deliverables (presentations, panels, interviews, forums, debates etc.) there were only 16 female participants (8%). These numbers were repeated around the booths as well. To be fair, having spoken to the conference organiser, Mines and Money is well aware of the issue and is trying to recruit more female speakers.

Indeed, at least some of the issue is beyond their control in that the choice of conference participation not only lies with the organisers in terms of invitations but with companies too of course. For example, a good proportion of the speaking slots are fee-paying company promotional slots: Of these only two of the 35 slots were filled by women (6%), so kudos to both Champagne Resources and North American Nickel. The other companies presenting either had few women in leadership roles available to attend or else did not select them to do the job.

In fairness this is hardly an issue constrained to either the UK alone or to Mines and Money. A similarly small percentage (6%) of board members in ASX mining and exploration companies are women1. Likewise, the proportion of fellows (the most senior rank) of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) who are women is surprisingly still less than 2%!2

Action is needed. In Strictly Boardroom’s experience two practical objections to increased gender diversity in senior leadership roles are commonly raised at this point by the men with the power3 to change the situation: 1) they do not know any suitable women for leadership roles; and 2) that it is risky to appoint people without a leadership track-record, regardless of gender, in business, universities and professional societies (or even to speak at a conference perhaps?).

Fortunately, one of the free books in the Mines & Money conference pack has come to our rescue. The “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” produced by Women in Mining (UK) (and funded by BMO Capital Markets) resolves the first impediment above by providing a list of 100 women for all senior decision-makers in the industry to get to know. The list also resolves the second impediment in that all have been selected by the peers as inspirational leaders:

1.              Kathleen Altman – Principal Metallurgist at Roscoe Postle Associates

2.              Catherine Apthorpe – Head of Legal & Company Secretary at Amara Mining

3.              Joyce Arynee – Management and communications consultant 

4.              Michelle Ash – Engineer and former COO of Acacia Mining

5.              Adiki Ayitivie – Director of External Affairs and Communications for Africa at Newmont

6.              Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo – Founder of numerous small mining-related companies

7.              Ann Batisse – Programme Director for Aboriginal Women in Mining

8.              Julie Beck – CFO at Joy Mining Machinery

9.              Sophie Bergeron – Manager Operations at Hoyle Pond Underground (Goldcorp)

10.          Anushika Bhana – Manager for Precious Metals Sales (Western Hemisphere) at Anglo American

11.          Christine Blackmore – Associate Director at Wardell Armstrong International

12.          Lynda Bloom – President & CEO of Analytical Solutions Ltd.

13.          Italia Boninelli – Executive Vice President of People and Organizational Development at AngloGold Ashanti

14.          Lisa Bradley – Vice President and Senior Toxicologist at Hayley & Aldrich

15.          Laurie Brlas – Vice President and CFO of Newmont Mining

16.          Mellissa Brown – Team Leader (Crew Haulage) at Glencore

17.          Hilary Byrne – Resettlement Coordinator to ArcelorMittal Liberia

18.          Zeinab Camara – Communities Manager at Rio Tinto

19.          Froydis Cameron-Johansson – Head of Safety, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs and Compliance at Anglo American

20.          Cheryl Carolus – Chairperson at Gold Fields

21.          Liv Carroll – Technical Director at Wardell Armstrong

22.          Deborah Caudle – Director and Head of Metals and Mining (Australia) for Societe Generale

23.          Anne Chalmers – Vice President for Risk and Security at Teck Resources

24.          Andrea Cornwall – Head of Coal Marketing at Vale International

25.          Aline Cote – Global Head of Mining Technical Services at Glencore Zinc

26.          Wing-Yunn Crawley – Biodiversity Manager at ArcelorMittal Liberia

27.          Danielle Dimitrov – CEO and President of Orvana Minerals

28.          Claudia Diniz – Head of IP and Technical Information at Anglo American

29.          Mette Dobel – Global Product Line Manager for FLSmidth A/S

30.          Caroline Donally – Director of Metals and Minerals Deal Team at Denham Capital

31.          Elaine Dorward-King – Executive Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs at Newmont Mining

32.          Heidi Edwards – Superintendent of Maintenance Integration at the Operations Centre of Rio Tinto

33.          Catherine Farrow – CEO and Director at TMAC Resources

34.          Chantal Francoeur – Vice President of Human Resources and Communications at Glencore

35.          Andrea Freeborough – Vice President of Finance at Kinross Gold

36.          Joanne Freeze – Geologist and CEO of Candente Copper

37.          Diane Garrett – Former President, CEO and Director at Romarco Minerals

38.          Betty Gibbs – Mining engineer, university professor and company founder and director

39.          Natalia Golovkina – Partner at Deloitte CIS

40.          Euridice Gonzalez – Country Manager for Mexico at McEwan Mining

41.          Sarah Gordon – Geologist, risk management expert and company founder and CEO

42.          Betty-Ann Heggie – Accountant, mentor and retired senior figure at PotashCorp

43.          Jeane Hull – Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Peabody Energy

44.          Ruth Ives – Vice President of Project Development at Dalradian Resources

45.          Pippa Jeffcock – Head of Mining Business Unit at Kulczyk Investments

46.          Jayde Johnson – Mechanical Fitter for BHP Billiton

47.          Zayaan Kahn – Market Strategy Manager for Rio Tinto

48.          Tracey Kerr – Group Head of Exploration at Anglo American

49.          Sheila Khama – Director of the African Natural Resources Centre at the African Development Bank

50.          Ashley Kirwan – Co-founder, Vice President and Senior Project Geologist at Orix Geoscience

51.          Johanita Kotze – Lead Hydrogeologist at Anglo American

52.          Maggie Kotze – Engineering Planner at Mutanda Mining

53.          Michelle Lawson – Financial Controller of Glencore Coal Assets Australia

54.          Jeanne Le Roux – Chief Occupational Health Medical Officer at Kamoto Copper / Glencore

55.          Carmen Letton – Group Head of Open Pit Mining at Anglo American

56.          Vanessa Lickfold – Head of Early Studies at Anglo American

57.          Courtney Lynn – Vice President and Treasurer at Coeur Mining

58.          Siza Majola – Senior Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Royal Bafokeng Holdings

59.          Rebecca Major – Lawyer and Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

60.          Faby Manzano – Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Barrick Gold

61.          Olivia Markham – Director and Portfolio Manager at Blackrock

62.          Tina Markovic – Head of Integrated Operations at the Escondida mine, BHP Billiton

63.          Andrea Marsland-Smith – Manager for Regulatory and Compliance at Heathgate Resources

64.          Almorie Maule – Director at Impala Platinum Holdings

65.          Elena Mayer – Senior Manager of Client Relationships (Mining) for PWC Canada

66.          Jeannette McGill – Head of Technology and Innovation at Anglo American

67.          Aoife McGrath – Vice President for Exploration at Alamos Gold

68.          Catherine McLeod-Seltzer – Director, President and Chairperson of multiple Canadian mining companies

69.          Angelina Mehta – Investment Manager at The Sentient Group

70.          Patrice Merrin – Non-Executive Director at Glencore

71.          Simangele Mngomezulu – Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations at White Rivers Exploration

72.          Moetlo Maria Moganedi – Mining Engineer and Site Manager at Aveng Mining

73.          Emily Moore – Managing Director for Water and Tailings Management at Hatch

74.          Marian Moroney – Senior Director for Global Exploration at Barrick Gold

75.          Trisha Naidoo – Manager of Metallurgy for Ivanhoe Mines

76.          Aissatou Ndong – Head of Port Operations at Grande Cote Operations, Senegal

77.          Priscilla Nelson – Chair of the Department of Mining Engineering at Colorado School of Mines

78.          Daphne Mashile Nkoshi – Executive Chairperson for Kalagadi Manganese

79.          Veronica Nyhan Jones – Global Head of Sustainable Business Advisory for the International Finance Corporation

80.          Kellie Parker – Managing Director for Pilbara Assets and Development at Rio Tinto

81.          Noleen Pauls – Project Operations Manager for MSA Group

82.          Louise Pearce – Managing Partner for Global Mining at Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

83.          Genevieve Pearson – Geologist and Principal Consultant for Phoenix GeoConsulting

84.          Anastasia Plischka – Technical Sales Engineer at Gekko Systems

85.          Carol Plummer – Vice President of Project Development (USA & Latin America) for Agnico Eagle Mines

86.          Kathleen Quirk – CFO, Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Freeport McMoRan

87.          Birgit Rameseder – Senior Techno-Economic Analyst at De Beers Group Services

88.          Shastri Ramnath – Co-founder, President and Principal Geologist at Orix Geoscience

89.          Berte Simons – Engineer and Business Unit Director for Mining and Heavy Industry and Country Manager (Indonesia) for Royal Haskoning DHV

90.          Eira Thomas – President, CEO and Director at Kaminak Gold

91.          Sarah Thomas – Partner and Head of the International Mining Group for Pinsent Masons

92.          Vanessa Torres – Vice President of Production, Logistics and Infrastructure for BHP Billiton

93.          Irena Tsakova – Operations Director at Dundee Precious Metals

94.          Anna Tudela – Vice President of Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Goldcorp

95.          Laura Tyler – Vice President for Strategy and Performance at BHP Billiton

96.          Fransje Van der Marel – Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company

97.          Frances Wall – Mineralogist and Professor at the Camborne School of Mines

98.          Joanne Warner – Senior Portfolio Manager (Global Resources) for Colonial First State Global Asset Management

99.          Anna Wiley – General Manager for Tom Price and Marandoo, Rio Tinto

100.       Elena Zhavoronkova – Vice President of Legal Affairs at Polyus Gold International

Strictly Boardroom is ashamed to say that we only have the business cards of just seven of these inspirational female leaders. How many do you know?

That said, we also reckon that an ‘All-Australian’ list of a further 100 inspirational women-in-mining is more than doable. What do you think?

Good Hunting.

John Sykes is undertaking a multidisciplinary doctorate at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA. He is also director of Greenfields Research, a consultancy specialising in the analysis of mining and exploration across the base, precious and speciality metals sectors (john.sykes@greenfieldsresearch.com).

Allan Trench is a Professor at UWA Business School and Research Professor (Value & Risk) at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, a Non-Executive Director of several resource sector companies – and the Perth representative for CRU Consulting, a division of independent metals & mining advisory CRU Group (allan.trench@crugroup.com).

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