Celebrating Success: the 2017 National Women in Resources Awards

  • By Jasmine Richards MAusIMM, WIMnetSA Chair

The 2017 National Women in Resources Awards were recently celebrated at a stand out event during August in Launceston, Tasmania.

The Women in Resources National Awards is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia and its Northern Territory and Victorian branches, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, the Queensland Resources Council, the New South Wales Minerals Council and the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, supported by various state Women in Mining Network branches.

The awards profile outstanding women in the resources sector, providing ambassadors and role models as an aid to the attraction and retention of women in the industry.

Whilst the awards may be over, the national AusIMM Women in Mining Network (WIMnet) committee would like to take a moment to further congratulate and honour some of our own committee members, who were finalists and winners of awards. We couldn’t be more proud of them.

Fiona Robertson – Non-Executive Director, Heron Resources

Fiona has had a long and distinguished career in the resources sector, which has taken her from the United Kingdom to Australia and the United States of America. Fiona’s career began with a degree in Geology from Oxford University. From there Fiona entered the resource sector banking world, rising to Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank, before moving into CFO roles with emerging producers in the mining, oil, and gas industries.

Fiona is a WIMnet NSW committee member, heads up the NSW mentoring program sub-committee and is a member of the national WIMnet committee. Fiona has played a pivotal role in the successful implementation of the WIMnet NSW mentoring program, specifically tailored for women working in the resources sector. The structured program is based on face‐to‐face mentoring by a female or male industry leader who has been expertly matched to assist the mentee with career challenges and issues they have identified.

Fiona was the winner of the New South Wales Gender Diversity Champion, and the winner for the Gender Diversity Champion in Australia Resources award.

Gabriela Love, Principal Mine Projects Engineer, Newcrest Mining

Graduating in 1985, Gabriela was only the seventh female mining engineer to graduate in Australia and the only female in her class. Throughout her career, Gabriela has continued to break new ground for women in the industry, including as the first woman to work for Muswellbrook Coal in its then 100-year history.

A long-term champion for gender diversity in the resources industry, Gabriela spoke in 1995 at the inaugural AusIMM Young Leaders Conference in Mt Isa on the benefits of women in the workplace. Having joined WIMnet Victoria in 2014 to increase the group’s presence in conversations regarding gender diversity in Melbourne, Gabriela was elected Chair of WIMnet Victoria in 2016. She is also the Victorian representative for the national WIMnet committee.

Gabriela was the winner of the Victorian Gender Diversity Champion Award and a finalist for the Victorian Exception Woman in Resources Award. She was also presented with a Highly Commended Award at the national awards ceremony.

Michelle Keegan, Vice President Strategy and Nitrogen Optimisation (Asia Pacific), Incitec Pivot Limited

Commencing her career as a mining engineer in Kalgoorlie, Michelle’s career has included senior roles in value chain, commercial management, business strategy and innovation technology. Starting her efforts to increase diversity in the industry more than 15 years ago, Michelle has been most active in women in mining branches in Western Australia and Victoria with participation in Queensland and the United Kingdom during her time in these regions.

Until earlier this year, Michelle was the Deputy Chair of the national WIMnet committee.

Michelle was the winner of the Victorian Exceptional Woman in Resources award, she was also awarded the Industry Achievement Award at the national awards ceremony.

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