Aussies named in top 100 most inspirational mining women

Over a quarter of the women on this year’s Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list are Australian.

The list which is put together by Women in Mining UK, includes 28 women from Australia’s mining sector.

The project aims to highlight the significant and varied impact of women within the global mining industry.

“The women featured are role models and a reflection of what can be achieved,” Standard Bank chief executive Jenny Knott said.

“The fact remains, sadly that mining is still not a very gender diverse sector and it seems that the overall industry has not yet acted cohesively upon the many studies that demonstrate the correlation between gender diversity and improved company performance.”

Seven of the Australian women making the grade have worked in the Queensland resources sector, a feat Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said is a significant achievement.

“We have so many outstanding and talented women in the resources sector in Queensland and their listing just goes to reinforce this,” Roche said.

Also included in the top 100 are Donna Frater and Alison Keogh who have been instrumental in the formation of groups to support women in the resources sector and Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO and previously Vice President at BHP Billiton Australia.

“Since 2006 these awards have identified a significant cohort of Queensland’s best resources sector women who have acted as industry ambassadors and role models,” Roche said.

The number of women working in non-traditional roles in Queensland’s resources sector, including engineering, geology, operators, trades and senior management has increased from six per cent in 2006 to 12 per cent in 2011-12.

The industry group has a goal of 20 per cent women in non-traditional roles by 2020.

Australian women make the grade

Margaret Beck, Vice President of Finance (Iron Ore) BHP Billiton


Heather Bell, Regional Manager NSW for Resource Development, Rio Tinto Coal

Sue Border, Director/Principal Geologist, Geos Mining


Fran Burgess, General Manager, Projects and Group Metallurgy, Perilya

Meredith Campion, Partner, Allen & Overy


Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO


Sandra Collins, Operations Manager, MMG, Century Mine


Joanne Farrell, Global Head Health, Safety, Environment and Communities, Rio Tinto 

Marnie Finlayson, General Manager, Port Maintenance, Rio Tinto Iron Ore


Donna Frater, Principal Geologist, BHP Billiton

Jodie Gray, Pit Technician Supervisor, Newmont Boddington Gold


Vanessa Guthrie, Managing Director, Toro Energy 

Michelle Iles, Principal Advisor Environmental Studies, Energy Resources of Australia

Sinead Kaufman, General Manager, Rio Tinto


Alison Keogh, Principal Consultant, AMC Consultants


Kirsty Liddicoat, Site Senior executive and Mining Manager, CopperChem

Kalpana maharage, Mine Development Superintendent, Rio Tinto


Tina Markovic, Yarrie, BHP Billiton

Jane McAloon, Director Governance and Group Company Secretary, BHP Billiton


Lisa Mirtsopoulos, Dump Truck Operator and Trainer, Newmont Mining

Pamela Naidoo, Manager, Technical Services, Northparkes Mine, Rio Tinto

Sabina Shugg, Head of Mining, Momentum Partners


Julie Shuttleworth, General Manager, Cloudbreak mine, Fortescue Metals Group


Erica Smyth, Chair, Toro Energy


Andrea Sutton, CEO and Managing Director, Energy Resources Australia


Myfwangy Szepanowski, Production Supervisor, Callide Coal, Anglo American

Vanessa Torres, Head of Group Investments and Value Management, BHP Billiton

Donna Weston, Port Safety Officer, Rio Tinto Iron Ore

For the full list click here.

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