Tina Markovic was the first ever female mine manager of a major mining operation.
Although no longer with the mine, Markovic was, until recently, the mine manager of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Poitrel Mine.
In her time at the mine, she was able to achieve great success, including a win at Queensland Resources Council’s inaugural Resources Awards for Women in 2006.
According to Tina, the mining industry offers such a diverse range of experiences that it is difficult to become bored.
“It is a great place to be if you like to set and work towards achieving goals and then see them materialise,” Tina said. “The industry is very inspiring from designing a pit and then seeing its eventual extraction to recruiting individuals to form a solid team and being responsible for its productivity.”
Tina’s inherent leadership has also seen her take on a mentoring role, which includes helping set up the BMA Pilot Mentoring Program for Women.
“Essentially, if someone wishes to make an impact in the resources industry they can. I love the interaction and as a manager it is very rewarding to coach others and help them develop their technical and leadership skills.”
Markovic was originally inspired to become a mine engineer and mine manager during her time at the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Underground Research Laboratory where she was exposed to civil and geotechnical engineers on a daily basis. In her life, Markovic has also worked in multiple commodities and in both open-cut and underground environments.