2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) are pleased to announce that the awards ceremony for the 2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 at Parliament House Hobart.


WINNERS RECOGNISED AT 4TH ANNUAL TASMANIAN WOMEN IN RESOURCES AWARDS

Finalists from across the State gathered at Parliament House in Hobart on Thursday 4 May 2017 where their outstanding achievements working to shape the future of Tasmania’s mining and resources sector were recognised.

Hosted by The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) the Awards recognise individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry which provides attractive career opportunities and enhances the recognition, participation and advancement of women in the sector.

Wayne Bould, Chief Executive Officer, TMEC said “I congratulate all of this year’s winners and finalists. The individuals and organisations recognised in the 4th annual awards are an example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

The benefits of gender diversity in the resources sector are many, including improved business performance. These awards contribute to increasing this diversity by celebrating the ambassadors, mentors and role models instrumental in encouraging and supporting women in the sector.”

Ted Bradshaw, chairman, AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) said “The mining and resources sector has historically been perceived to be a ‘man’s domain’ with the representation of women remaining low. The drive for change is growing and there is now a focus on increasing the representation of women in these industries, so it is vital that we honour and celebrate those women who have contributed so richly to the resources sector.”

Almost 30 nominations were received for the 2017 awards and an independent Awards judging panel considered each submission before deciding finalists and winners.

2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards Winners:

Exceptional Woman in Resources

Winner: Karen Ashley, Management System Coordinator, Grange Resources

Highly Commended: Jennifer Bennett, Vice-President Operations, South32 TEMCO

Exceptional Young Woman in Resources

Winner: Rose Lindner, Environmental Technician, Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture

Highly Commended: Jodie Kilpatrick, Hydrology Engineer, MMG Rosebery

Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician

Winner: Alana Phegan, Process Controller, Bell Bay Aluminium

Highly Commended: Kayla Williams, Apprentice Fitter and Turner, South32 TEMCO

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance

Winner: GHD Pty Ltd

Gender Diversity Champion

Winner: Rob Lowther, Manager Tasmania, GHD Pty Ltd

Special Judges Award

Winner: Beverly Crane, Executive Assistant, Copper Mines of Tasmania

 

Winners in detail:

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resource sponsored by Bell Bay Aluminium

Karen Ashley, Management System Coordinator, Grange Resources

Karen was born into a farming family in Wanganui NZ. She left school at 15 to work with her mother as a seamstress working on dairy farms (when she really wanted to be a nurse!)

She married at a young age and had children before moving to Tasmania to help develop a farm on behalf of a new business consortium. It was here that the Karen developed her managerial and technology skills.

Over the past nine years Karen has cemented her career as a senior occupational health and safety professional with Grange Resources, instrumental in the development and implementation of a comprehensive Safety Environment Management System which she now manages. Karen has taken on mentoring roles to other women new to the mining industry and is actively involved in her local community.

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2017 Exceptional Woman in Resources Karen Ashley pictured with Bell Bay Aluminium Operations Manager, Ray Mostogl.

 

Exceptional Young Woman in Resources sponsored by South32 TEMCO

Rose Lindner, Environmental Technical Officer, Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture

Rose completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tasmania in 2014 graduating with a Double Major in Geology, Environmental Science & Geography. Rose applied for over 100 roles in geology in the middle of a major industry downturn before securing an operation traineeship at Nyrstar. Earlier this year Rose commenced a new role as an environmental technical officer at Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint venture, monitoring the environmental health of the mine site.

As one of two female operators at Nyrstar, Rose won the NCEA Careers and Education Tasmanian Trainee of the Year award in 2015. Rose is a role-model for all young females entering the work-force. She inspires not only a commitment to personal and professional development, but an understanding of the importance of commitment to community development.

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2017 Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources Rose Lindner receiving her award from South32 TEMCO Vice President of Operations Jennifer Bennett.

 

Exceptional Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician in Resources sponsored by South32 TEMCO

Alana Phegan, Process Controller, Bell Bay Aluminium

Alana Phegan may be small in stature but she has always wanted to achieve big things. Alana left school in Year 11 and successfully completed a hairdressing apprenticeship with a local salon in George Town where she worked for eight years. She quickly became independent, reliable and self-motivated.

In 2007, after the salon was sold and her work hours reduced Alana applied for a process operator’s position at Bell Bay Aluminium. Promoted five years later to process controller, the first female process controller on site, Alana’s commitment to mentoring women and encouraging other women to seek out careers at Bell Bay is impressive.

Alana believes it’s not just about contributing to the attraction and retention of women in this sector it’s also about ensuring the next generation, and that women such as her daughter, believe that no role is beyond them and they can be successful at whatever they choose to do.

Alana Phegan 2017 Exceptional Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician in Resources Alana Phegan pictured with John Graham Maintenance Manager South32 TEMCO

 

Gender Diversity Champion sponsored by The Hon Ruth Forrest MLC

Winner Rob Lowther, Manager Tasmania GHD Pty Ltd

Rob is a member of the GHD Australian Leadership Team and also holds the position of Manager for GHD in Tasmania.

With more than 30 years’ experience as a principal engineer Rob’s personal approach and vision for gender diversity in the resources sector is one that he believes can be achieved through ongoing commitment, genuine self-reflection and importantly the personal courage to actively challenge our own learned bias. Rob has actively championed proactive efforts to change work culture as part of GHD’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 Rob Lowther

Winner of the Gender Diversity Champion Rob Lowther receiving his award for The Honourable Jacquie Petrusma on behalf of category sponsor The Hon Ruth Forrest MLC

 

Excellence in Company Programs and Performance sponsored by Hazell Bros

Winner- GHD Pty Ltd

Integrated into their Strategy to 2020, GHD launched a three-year diversity & inclusion step-up plan in 2014 that is lighting the way for change with an innovative combination of policy, leadership by example, communication, training and gender balance measures.

GHD has received strong industry recognition for their approach and their lead indicators illustrate that they are making good progress to achieving their gender measures by affecting cultural change, including positively influencing perceptions towards gender equity; acceptance of flexible working; and awareness of unconscious bias.

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The team from GHD Pty Ltd

 

Special Judges Award sponsored by Australian Mines and Metals Association

Beverly Crane, Executive Assistant, Copper Mines of Tasmania

In a six-week period from late 2013 and early 2014, Copper Mines of Tasmania experienced three tragic workplace fatalities. Beverly Crane, executive assistant to the general manager worked quietly behind the scenes to make all the necessary arrangements to look after everyone impacted by these tragic deaths and continues to do so to this very day.

During the past three years she has put the well-being of others ahead of her own. Her anticipation of the needs of employees and the impacted families during that difficult and challenging time was and continues to be extraordinary. 

Beverly was nominated by her employer and work colleagues for the Women in Resources Awards. The judging panel agreed that the submission from Copper Mines of Tasmania on behalf of Beverly was inspiring and that she has gone above and beyond what is required of her in her role as executive assistant.

Bev Crane

Winner of the inaugural Special Judges Award Beverly Crane receiving her award for the Chairman of the Judging Panel, John Stanton

Around 100 guests joined us at Parliament House

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All images courtesy of Rob Burrnett.

 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 WOMEN IN RESOURCES AWARDS

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) is pleased to announce finalists for the 2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards.

The 2017 finalists represent a broad range of roles from within the Tasmania resources sector across five categories.

TMEC, chief executive officer, Wayne Bould said the awards, now in their fourth year, is an important event on the Tasmanian resources industry calendar and recognises inspirational women working in the sector in Tasmania.

“The standard of entries in this year’s awards was extremely high and has resulted in a highly competitive judging process,” Mr Bould said.

Ted Bradshaw, chairman, AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) said “The number and quality of nominations received in 2017 reflects the growing interest in these awards and the commitment of companies in this sector to achieving greater gender diversity.

Resource sector bodies throughout Australia have been promoting the value of increasing the proportion of women at all levels within the sector and these awards form part of that aim creating awareness of inspirational women working in the sector, and encouraging other women to consider it as a career path.”

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held at Parliament House in Hobart on Thursday 4 May from 6.30pm.

The 2017 finalists are:

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources

  • Jennifer Bennett, Vice-President Operations, South32 TEMCO
  • Annette Hennessy, Training Systems Specialist, South32 TEMCO
  • Catherine Martin, Plant Metallurgist, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Margaret Richmond, Crew Leader, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Mary-Ann Seen, Occupational Health Adviser, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Monica Henry, Crew Leader, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Carolyn Watkins, Plant Operator, TasRail Pty Ltd
  • Linda Williams, Personal Assistant to General Manager, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Karen Ashley, Management System Coordinator, Grange Resources

 Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources

  • Elysia Coade, Graduate Electrical Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Diana Felipe, Plant Metallurgist MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Jodie Kilpatrick, Hydrology Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Laura Howard, Office Manager, Edrill Australia
  • Rose Lindner, Environmental Technician, Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture

 Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician

  • Amanda Broad, Permit to Work Officer, Nyrstar
  • Anna Newman, Ethel Proud & Trudy Wade, Pitram Operators, Mine Control Team, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Alana Phegan, Process Controller, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Kayla Williams, Apprentice Fitter and Turner, SOUTH32 TEMCO

 Winners in the award categories of Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance and Gender Diversity Champion will also be announced at Parliament House on Thursday 4 May.

Tickets to the 2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards Ceremony can be purchased via Ticketbooth:  

https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/tasmanian-women-in-resources-awards-2017

 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards Ceremony 2017

The 2017 awards are proudly sponsored by 

Bell Bay Aluminium - Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources 
South32 TEMCO - Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources
South32 TEMCO - Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician
Ruth Forrest MLC - Gender Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources
Hazell Bros - Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance

 

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED AND THE JUDGING PROCESS HAS COMMENCED.

 These awards recognise the important role women play in the resources sector through five key categories:

  • Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources
  • Gender Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources
  • Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance
  • Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician
  • Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources

Each category winner in the Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards 2017 will automatically be put forward as the Tasmanian Finalist in the National Women in Resources Awards.

 

Selection criteria for each of the categories can be downloaded here: 

 

Please direct any enquiries to Alison Hilder (0439 033 421)