Today is Women in Mining Day at AIMEX, where the industry will celebrate and highlight the integral role women play in the resource sector.
Women in Mining Panel Discussion – 1:30pm
Chaired by Lainie Anderson, a director of Mining Family Matters, the panel will include a cross-section of women working in the sector including:
Margaret Davies – Regional Manager Supply Chain, Anglo American
Elizabeth Watts – Operations Manager, Xstrata Coal NSW
Gabrielle Horn – Apprentice Auto-Electrician, Anglo America's Drayton Mine
Natalie Bussau – Manger Operational Readiness, Improvement Resources
Dr Ana Duarte – Solution Consultant for the mining industry, GE Intelligent Platforms
The women are set to discuss their varied experiences in the mining industry, what inspires them and their hope that more women will see the industry for the opportunities it can offer.
At the recent NSW mining awards for women, Outstanding Woman in NSW Mining award winner, Elisabeth Watts, operations manager at Xstrata Coal’s Glendell Mine spoke of the many positives of being involved in an exciting sector like mining.
“It’s not just about digging holes in the ground, it’s more about the people and the characters that create a great place to work," Watts told Australian Mining.
“I interact with people from all walks of life and that huge diversity makes it interesting to go to work each day.”
Watts said women looking to get into the industry needed to figure out what they loved doing and set goals to make it happen.
“If you really want to get into the industry you need to indentify what is that you enjoy doing and then target that aspect of the industry,” she said.
Keynote Address – 2:30pm
Dr Nikki Williams, chief of the Australian Coal Association, will give this year's keynote address at AIMEX.
Mining 'rockstar' Nikki Williams was appointed to the Australian Coal Association’s top job in 2011 after more than 25 years in the resources sector.
Throughout her career Williams has held senior commercial roles with Shell and Exxon in Africa, Asia and Europe, operating across the coal, oil, gas and chemical industries.
The Bubbles and Boots networking function – 3:30pm
Women in the industry will get together at the AIMEX beer garden to share their stories with some pink champagne, nibbles and live entertainment.
All women in mining session are free to attend.