Gala awards night for women in mining

Cate Sims, a specialist in aboriginal relations with Rio Tinto, has won the 2014 NSW Mining Outstanding Woman of the year award.

Last
night’s Women in Mining industry awards showed that mining companies around NSW
strongly support increasing the number of women in the industry, with
representatives and entrants from all the big miners flocking to the Sydney
Marriott Hotel for the gala ceremony.

The
award was given for her tireless efforts to break down employment barriers and
promote diversity in the NSW mining industry.

NSW
Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said that Cate has been promoting and
implementing initiatives to improve diversity in the NSW mining industry for
over eight years.

“She
is the leading individual in indigenous affairs and engagement for Rio Tinto
and for our industry and a most deserving winner,” Galilee said.

Cate’s
work through the Aboriginal Community Development Fund supports school
programmes in the Hunter and has seen young Aboriginal women strive for
professional careers and emerge as strong representatives of their school and
wider community.

Cate’s
work, in conjunction with the Aboriginal Community Development fund has seen
her support school programs in the Hunter Valley, to inspire and assist young
Aboriginal women in achieving professional career goals to become strong
representatives and positive role models for the wider community.

“I
would like to thank the judges, this is a very brave move on their part,” Cate
said.

“Giving
me this award shows that they are looking at achievement and leadership in a
broader sense, that they are not taking a narrow view of the award, that we can
show real leadership in this industry without becoming a general manager or a
leader of operations.

“It
shows that you can be a leader and be recognised in any field, at any level of
the business,” she said.

“This
award recognises the commitment that Rio Tinto has made to a body of work that
requires vision, time and patience to realise.

“I
hope that my award will encourage and inspire to say that they too can
demonstrate the qualities of leadership and passion and be recognised.

“I’m
elated to win and I’m extremely proud that my work is being validated in
this way… It feels fantastic to win this award, because it shows the value of
the work that I have done and will keep doing for my company, the mining
industry and the communities where we live and work.”

Winner
of the Aspiring Star Award Abbey Sheridan, a technical services vacation
student for Coal Assets Australia at Glencore, was recognised as a young woman
who shows the potential to become a future innovator.

Abbey
has been the vice president of the AusIMM for the past two years, and is an
ambassador for the industry,

Peabody
Energy mining engineer Alice Sila was the winner of the Rising Star awards for
her successes in the industry, and role as the Peabody Energy graduate of the
year.

The
outstanding initiative awards went to Theiss, to recognise their initiatives to
attract and retain women in the industry.

Theiss
have set a target beyond 20 per cent for female employment and participation in
the industry by 2020.

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