Voting opens for Australian Mining’s Peoples’ Choice Award [CLOSED]

Voting has now closed for the 2013 Australian Mining Peoples' Choice Award.

Celebrating the achievements of the people who have shown innovation and superior performance over the last 12 months, this was the chance for the Australian Mining audience to have their say.

The winner will be announced at the annual gala dinner being held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on the 31 October 2013.

It’s a competitive list of finalists this year, including:

Adam Garde- Anglo American Grasstree Mine

General manager for Anglo American’s Grasstree mine, Adam Garde, has been nominated for the Prospect Awards’ Mine Manager of the Year Award for his strong leadership at Anglo’s two underground operations in the Bowen Basin: Grasstree and Moranbah North.


John Dumbill – Rio Tinto’s Hope Downs 4

For steering his team from the development phase to operational readiness and ramp up at Rio Tinto’s Hope Downs 4 mine, John Dumbill has been nominated for the Prospect Awards’ Mine Manager of the Year Award.

Rio said Dumbill played an integral role during the design phases of the project including during the design of the fixed plant infrastructure, mine profile and HME selection process. 


Mike Stone – Energy Resources of Australia’s Ranger Mine

For the successful completion of open cut mining at Energy Resources of Australia’s Ranger Mine, Mike Stone has been nominated for the Prospect Awards’ Mine Manager of the Year Award. 

The completion of open cut mining in November 2012 was achieved five weeks ahead of schedule, with zero lost time injuries for the year, and enabled ERA to recover the remaining high grade ore located at the bottom of Pit 3.


Nick Strong – Mine Manager, Newcrest’s Ridgeway Mine

For the improvement of productivity, cost structure and safety at Newcrest’s Ridgeway Mine, Nick Strong has been nominated for the Prospect Awards’ Mine Manager of the Year Award. 

With Strong’s guidance, in less than 18 months, Ridgeway achieved a 60 per cent increase in production, a 91 per cent increase in productivity per person and a safety profile that saw total recordable injuries decrease by more than 40 per cent.


Adam Stepanoff – Operations Manager, AGL Upstream Gas

For his leadership and the development of AGL’s community relationship, Adam Stepanoff has been nominated as a finalist for the Manager of the Year award.

Stepanoff counts amongst his achievements the submission of the Review of Environmental Factors for the approval of hydraulic fracturing of CSG wells in Gloucester and says this is the first approval of its kind in New South Wales since the moratorium on the practice was set in place. 


Lizz Watts – Operations Manager, Glendell Mine, GlencoreXstrata

Growing up in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, Liz Watts graduated with a Mining Engineering Degree in 2001, as the only female in a class of seventy.

Watts is now responsible for managing a site with a workforce of over 380 employees and contractors and a $200 million operating budget. 


Anthony Ward – FIFO Counselling

For the implementation of providing 24/7 on-site counselling to BHP’s remote Yandi mine, Anthony Ward has been nominated for the Manager of the year award. 

As principal counsellor and mine camp manager, Ward says is he the only remote onsite counsellor in Australia and has also claimed the title of the most capped mine camp manager, having headed 17 mine camps.


Laura Hayman – Senior Geomechanics Engineer – Coffey

With over 10 years’ experience as a Geotechnical Engineer, including five years open pit mine site work, four years underground, and one year consulting in both Hayman has worked extensively in the Goldfields and Pilbara of W.A.

After nine years working on mine sites Hayman decided she wanted to focus on mining geotechnical design work. 


Michael Trusler –

For starting an online plant and machinery hire business, Michael Trusler has been nominated for this year’s Young Professional of the year Award.

Seeing a huge gap in the market, Trusler developed an online portal which lists over 400,000 pieces of plant and machinery for hire from more than 700 companies Australia-wide. has been live for three months, and in that time has already received over $20 million of quote requests and enquiries.


Kym Clark – Founder, She’s Empowered

Whilst working as an accountant at Anglo American's Middlemount coal mine, Kym Clark saw there was a gap in the market for women’s workwear.

The line, called Kym by She's Empowered, provides hi-vis safety workwear and maternity uniforms for the growing number of women in the mining and resources industry.

Anglo American is already providing workers with the clothing option.


Morgan Holmes – Mining engineering student, UNSW

The UNSW International Field trip has allowed young graduate Morgan Holmes to gain invaluable insight into the mining sector, paving the way for a successful career within the industry. The trip consisted of visiting six open cut/underground hard rock and coal operations, the Colorado School of Mines and some historical mining sites.

Holmes says it has become apparent to him that as a future mining professional, events, tours, relationships and opportunities are all important aspects of a successful career in mining.


Claire Stevens – Technical Services Superintendent at Anglo American’s Grasstree mine 

As a woman working in a non-traditional role in underground mining, Claire Stevens has demonstrated considerable leadership to help improve safety and working environments at two underground operations in just 12 months. 


Yolanda Torrisi

A former mining journalist Yolanda Torrisi found herself in the mining sector by default.

During the 2008-2009 GFC Torrisi set up ASIA’s Resource Connections, a mining and mineral processing equipment procurement company supplying Chinese manufactured equipment to Australian and African countries.  


A number of tickets to the gala dinner are still available, click here to secure your spot.