​Miners win Chief Executive Women scholarships

Three WA female miners have been awarded executive education scholarships by Chief Executive women.

Alison Morley, a project generation and geological services manager from Iluka Resources, Roy Hill’s commercial director Claire Negus, and Kate Holling, a drill and blast superintendent from BHP, have been awarded the scholarships.

The top scholarship prize of $38 000 in education support was awarded to Cecile Wake, the vice president- commercial at QGC.

The funding has allowed Wake to attend the two week executive development program at the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Commenting on her win, Wake said “the opportunities that CEW creates for women are transformational, both for the recipients and for the pipeline of female leadership talent in Australia”.

“The Wharton EDP was truly one of the most challenging, affirming and engaging experiences of my life. I aspire to lead a major resources company one day – to influence and shape the outcomes of the business and communities in which I work. So I was hungry for this opportunity to learn from world-class thought leaders at Wharton and to accelerate my leadership journey.”

A member of CEW’s governing council, Diane Smith-Gardener, said she is “delighted WA women in resources continue to secure the highly sought after CEW scholarships”.

“This speaks to the potential for emerging diversity in the sector which, while a long time coming, will do a great deal to ensure productivity gains and improve the innovation profile.”

CEW president Christine Christian congratulated all the winners.

“Helping women to achieve their potential as leaders is the mission of Chief Executive Women and the focus of all our fundraising efforts. Not all women are born leaders, but many leaders are born women. CEW will continue to identify them and support them,” Christian said.

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