100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining

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Women in Mining UK have published an e-book “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining“.

The nominees featured in the book work in an impressive array of roles at different levels of seniority.  What they all have in common is the respect of their colleagues and industry peers, and all were nominated because they inspire those around them every day.

The Women in Mining UK (WIM (UK)) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project was an international collaboration between women in mining groups from the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States. It is widely acknowledged that inspirational role models can play a large part in inspiring a new generation of professionals.  WIM (UK) aim to facilitate development in this arena.

In 2012, WIM (UK) commissioned a three stage study in conjunction with PWC (London) to analyse trends and performance of women on boards and in senior executive positions in the global mining industry. That study sought to correlate the performance of mining industry organisations with the level of gender diversity within them – to demonstrate some of the benefits that higher female representation on boards and in senior executive positions can have on corporate performance.

The results made for interesting reading.

The mining ndustry had fewer women on its boards and in its senior executive positions than any other major global industry, and by a considerable margin. Those with women on boards significantly outperformed those without them in terms of recorded profits, resource-to–reserve definitions and sustainability, among other metric.

One of the main challenges identified by the report was the lack of role models in the sector. As a result, we have created this truly international project to identify some of the most inspirational women in the global mining industry. The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project received over 500 nominations from throughout the world. Working with international women in mining partner groups, WIM (UK) assembled 100 individuals who demonstrate skills and attributes which can inspire a new generation of professionals in all walks of the mining industry.

Women with an Australian connection featured in the book include Heather Bell, Vicky Binns, Sue Border (FAIG),  Fran Burgess, Marion Bush, Meredith Campion, Dr Megan Clark, Sandra Collins, Joanne Farrell, Marnie Finlayson, Donna Frater, Jodie Gray, Vanessa Guthrie, Michelle Illes, Sinead Kaufman, Alison Keogh, Tracey Kerr, Kirsty Liddicoat, Kalpana Maharage, Tina Markovic, Jane McAloon, Lisa Mirtsopoulos, Alison Morley, Ramela Naidoo, Sabina Shugg, Julie Shuttleworth, Dr Erica Smyth, Andrea Sutton, Myfwangy Szepanowski, Vanessa Torres, Heike Truol and Donna Weston.


Erica Smyth, Alison Morley, Sabina Shugg, Meredith Campion, Sinead Kaufman, Marnie Finlayson, Donna Weston and Kalpana Maharage at a breakfast to celebrate the launch of the e-book in Perth.  Photo: Steve Ferrier, The West Australian.

The publication was produced with sponsorship by Standard Bank Plc.  WIM (UK) is sponsored by Rio Tinto and Anglo American.

18 Dec 2013