2017

Kelly Carter
Vice President Legal and Compliance
Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Kelly is an experienced legal professional and business leader in the resources sector. She is the first female Gold Fields Vice President in Australia as well as the youngest, and only female member of Gold Fields’ regional executive. Kelly has successfully managed a diverse and demanding career with the competing demands of a young family and has been a working example of an innovative maternity leave/return to work model she implemented. Whilst continuing to work flexibly, Kelly provides support to other women undertaking the maternity leave/return to work process. She is currently exploring how flexibility can be extended to operational roles. 

Jayne Finch
Underground Project and Planning Engineer
Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine (KCGM)
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Jayne is a mining and environmental engineer and geologist with over 15 years’ mining experience. She has demonstrated determination and resilience in overcoming career barriers and has found innovative solutions to mitigate challenges faced by her impaired hearing. Utilising technology and company support, Jayne has transformed potential problems into solutions - not only for herself but for other hearing impaired people in the resources sector. As founding committee member and current Vice-Chair of the Kalgoorlie branch of the Western Australian School of Mines Alumni, together with her mentoring and speaking engagements, Jayne continues to share her journey of resilience and perseverance to inspire others to achieve their goals.

Meryl Jones
Principal Resource Analyst
St Barbara Limited
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Meryl has over 30 years’ experience of working in the WA resources sector. Her successful career includes roles specialising in mining and exploration, land management and resource analysis. Meryl models the benefits of flexibility and demonstrates women can have successful careers, balance family responsibilities and give back to industry. This flexibility has enabled Meryl to make a broad impact on the WA resources sector as founder and chair of Get into Resources, board member of Earth Science Western Australia and mentor with Women in Mining and Resources WA. Meryl has also combined her career with further education.

Vanessa Torres
Vice President Operations Infrastructure
BHP Billiton Iron Ore
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

With over 25 years working in the resources sector, Vanessa has held a range of engineering, project and business development roles. As a result of being the only female project manager early in her career, Vanessa became determined to make practical improvements in female representation in the sector. At each stage of her rapid career progression, Vanessa worked to ensure her teams were balanced in gender and diverse in background. Vanessa continues to support and inspire others to achieve their full potential through her mentoring activities, speaking engagements and work with a children’s charity in her native country of Brazil.

Luana Barron
Data Science Manager
Woodside Energy
Category Nomination Outstanding Young Woman In Resources

Luana has progressed through a range of challenging roles to rapidly gain technical and operational knowledge and experience. In addition, Luana has successfully engaged with the investor community and provided significant input into Woodside’s annual board strategy review. Her leadership has been demonstrated through collaboration with a number of external industry and government organisations to facilitate ‘FutureLab’ hackathons. Luana has represented Woodside and the broader industry by speaking at universities in WA and the eastern states and mentors a number of interns and graduates.

Rachel Leong
Surveillance Engineer
Woodside Energy
Category Nomination Outstanding Young Woman In Resources

Rachel is an engineer achieving outstanding outcomes within her own career and in the broader oil and gas industry. She has played a lead role in planning and delivering subsea tieback projects to the Goodwyn Alpha Platform. In addition to her role as Surveillance Engineer for the North Rankin Complex, Australia’s largest offshore gas complex, Rachel has attended the GE Oil & Gas University in Florence, Italy, and is leading the Women of Woodside ‘Promoting STEM in Schools’ volunteering initiative. Through collaboration with Earth Science WA, Rachel has trained over 60 volunteers to deliver school-based presentations to inspire students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and career opportunities.

Jodi Moffitt
Superintendent Control
Roy Hill
Category Nomination Outstanding Young Woman In Resources

Jodi has experienced rapid progression from operator to superintendent during her career in the resources sector. After entering the industry with no formal qualifications, Jodi’s self-motivation and determination saw her qualify as an Engineer by studying her Masters of Mining Engineering whilst on maternity leave with her second child. She has overcome childcare challenges through innovative solutions whist working in a FIFO role, alongside her FIFO working husband. Jodi mentors female engineering students, inspiring them to build resilience and perseverance to achieve their career aspirations.

Sharron Freitas
Operations Centre Group Leader
Alcoa of Australia
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Sharron commenced as a trainee only five years ago at Pinjarra alumina refinery, then obtained her Process Plant Operator qualification four months ahead of schedule. She is driven to succeed and within six months of becoming a full-time operator, was appointed as Pinjarra refinery’s first female Control Attendant at the mills. Highly motivated and with the aim of developing her leadership skills, Sharron has pursued a range of secondment opportunities with the most recent as an Operations Centre Group Leader managing 21 people across five work crews. She is a talented sports woman, representing WA in touch football. Sharron’s voluntary work with a range of sporting clubs has provided opportunities to foster a strong appreciation for diversity and developed her communication and organisational skills.

Karen Montford
Marine Communications Operator
Chevron Australia
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Karen entered the oil and gas industry five years ago as a receptionist. In the last five years Karen has pursued study and training opportunities as a mature worker, subsequently experiencing an accelerated career pathway. Karen’s interest in becoming a radio operator began with volunteer work at Fremantle Sea Rescue. To help her achieve her goals, she identified mentors and used her FIFO arrangements to complete her first course in Tasmania. Karen is one of only two female Marine Communications Operators at Chevron. She actively encourages others to pursue their dreams and assists women to study toward management, science, radio operator and crew roles. 

Kestin Rek
Project Field Coordinator
Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Kestin began her career with the resources sector in a project administrator role. Since then, she has gained technical and operational knowledge through study and while working alongside the earthworks team. Kestin is well respected across the mine site and has broken new ground for women by challenging traditional roles. She has demonstrated women can lead earthworks operators without coming from an operator background. Since Kestin took up the Earthworks Project coordinator role, several women have followed her into the team. She is a valued member of the Rio Tinto Peer Support Program, supporting and mentoring other women.

Edgar Basto
Asset President Western Australia Iron Ore
BHP Billiton Iron Ore
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Edgar is a founding member of, and the Iron Ore representative on, BHP Billiton’s Global Inclusion and Diversity Council. He believes an inclusive and diverse workforce leads to greater productivity and improved business performance. Edgar has been instrumental in the drive to set an aspirational goal of achieving gender balance by 2025 and achieving the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation. Having presented at a number of events and encouraging men and women in his own senior leadership team to take up flexible work arrangements, Edgar has provided visible leadership and reinforced his commitment. Edgar wants to see a workforce that truly represents the makeup of our society.

Andrew Bywater
General Manager Darlot Gold Mine
Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Andrew is a passionate and visible advocate for increased gender diversity in the resources sector, and its importance in driving cultural change and operational performance. He believes a combination of good workplace culture, respect and supporting gender diversity creates the right environment to attract and retain women and encourages positive and safe employee behaviours and values. Andrew has spoken in external and internal forums about the critical role of women in Darlot’s senior leadership team. He regularly shares his personal journey and provides insights, to Gold Fields’ Leadership Development Program. Andrew encourages his team to engage with suppliers, contractors and associates regarding their gender diversity position, resulting in powerful conversations around biases. Andrew is mentor to a number of females within Gold Fields and is the first member of the Regional Executive to establish external executive coaching sessions for senior women.

John Galvin
Executive General Manager
Georgiou Group
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

John has been an active champion for Gender Diversity for over five years and promotes gender diversity initiatives both within and outside of the organisation. He believes a diverse workforce brings different ways of looking at things and provides more career and personal opportunities for both males and females. John is a sought after speaker, to impart his knowledge and experience. He mentors aspiring female leaders and is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Equality and Diversity Committee. John is influential in supporting gender diversity initiatives inside Georgiou. He is the co-founder of Georgiou’s cross-industry female mentoring program and executive sponsor for Georgiou’s diversity committee. He has been instrumental in developing flexible work policies and facilitating the equal mix of men and women in Georgiou’s graduate and cadet programs.