IN THE words of Margaret Mead, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”. This has been the motto of Sabina Shugg, the founder of Women in Mining Western Australia (WIMWA) who was this week named Women in Resources Champion at the inaugural Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia’s Women in Resources Awards.
ERICA Smyth isn’t one to do things by halves. Five weeks into her first job as a graduate geologist, in Newman, Western Australia in 1974, Smyth was dramatically flown out of the small town by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) after discovering she had type 1 diabetes.
A better-than-expected turnout at the Women in Mining (WIM) Canada’s inaugural networking event held in Toronto last week was a good indication of the need for a supportive vehicle for women in the industry, according to group president MaryAnn Mihychuk.
AS A young girl growing up in Egypt, Neveen Moussa never dreamed of working overseas, let alone as a financially independent successful businesswoman.
WHEN Toro Energy chairperson Erica Smyth attended her first mining conference as a young geologist 30 years ago, seeing just one other woman in the room was exceptional. But when she addressed the inaugural Women in Mining and Resources Western Australia (WIMWA) conference last Friday in Perth she said it was “exciting” to see about 250 female faces staring at her from around the room.
A CAREER in mining has given Karin Baxter a real perspective on how to achieve balance between working as a full-time professional, and a fulfilling family life, and allowed her to form a vision for the future of women in mining. It has even helped her overcome a fear of heights.
A DIRECTOR of more than 20 companies, and currently chairperson of Northern Shipping and Stevedoring, Karen Read has first-hand experience of the dismal number of women in seats at Australian boardroom tables.
ALICE Clark, a geologist for 25 years, has some simple advice for graduates in the field she originally saw as more exciting than marine biology. But it might not be what you’d expect from someone who has spent most of her career in outback Queensland, the past seven running her own geological consultancy out of Mount Isa.
CHERIE Leeden is looking forward to celebrating a major milestone next year when the first barge of coal from Strike Resources’ Berau thermal coal project in East Kalimantan floats down the Segah River. She has overseen the project from its infancy, and takes a lot of pride in what has been achieved.
THERE has never been a better time for women to enter the mining industry, according to Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) chair Jo-Anne Dudley, and perhaps also to become leaders in the sector’s still male-dominated upper echelons.
RAISING the profile of women in the mining industry has been a career-long duty for Donna Frater. Now as chair of an Australian national networking committee, she is in the driver’s seat to continue the reforms she sees as vital to achieving greater diversity in the mining sector workforce.
GRADUATING as a geologist in 1985 when the mining industry was in the doldrums wasn’t an ideal start point but it is perhaps testament to Lynda Daley’s character that this didn’t upset the pursuit of her chosen career for long.
A DISGRUNTLED exercise physiologist, Michelle Osborne decided to expand her horizons by travelling and working in Canada for a year. However, the overseas sojourn did not completely whet her appetite for a career change. It wasn’t until she came back to her home in Queensland and heard the mining industry was recruiting workers that the idea of becoming a haul truck driver entered Osborne’s head.
A PASSION for the mining industry, a love of geology and a strong will to succeed have been the main drivers behind Peta Libby’s success in the once male-dominated exploration consulting world.
JULIE Griffin is used to being the only female among her electrician colleagues. While she admits there are hurdles integrating into an all-male arena, they are certainly not insurmountable, and she is baffled why more women aren’t completing trades, particularly in the mining industry where the rewards – both financially and professionally - are great.
MARCH 30: BELIEVED to be the first female mining engineer to work in Australia and one of only two women to manage a Queensland mine, Sandra Collins was again in the spotlight in March when she won the Resources Award for Women from the Queensland Resources Council.
AN advocate for part-time working arrangements in the mining industry, Deb Lord is a shining example of how a professional can balance her own career development while juggling family commitments.
A MOVE from stockbroking into the industrial relations arena has proved a successful career transition for Cathy Hume, and also one that was perhaps her destiny. As head of a Toronto-based investor relations firm, Hume has closely followed in the footsteps of her mentor father, who founded his own resources company and was closely involved with the lobbying for flow-through share incentives for the Canadian exploration sector.
IT’S been a busy three years for Debbie Goodin. Heading Coffey International’s mergers and acquisitions team, she has overseen more than 12 deals in that time. Now as director of operations Goodin will focus her attention on leveraging off that platform and leading the company through a very different marketplace.
KAYE Butler isn’t surprised the number of females in executive and director roles in Australia hasn’t increased in recent years. In fact, latest figures show numbers have fallen.