Dannielle Bancroft
Process Technician
Fortescue Metals Group Limited
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Danni Bancroft has been a very strong advocate for Women in Resources in many facets of the WA resources sector, for the last 10 years. Her various successful roles in the blue collar sector of mining include Process Technician, Emergency Response Team member, Safety Representative, Trainer and Assessor, Contact Officer, Social Club Committee Member, through to middle management leadership roles of Second In Charge, and Shift Supervisor.

At 34, Danni has worked in gold, diamonds and iron ore from the Eastern Goldfields, through to the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA. After working in WA’s primary industries of farming and fishing, while completing a UWA Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and gaining her Private Pilots License, Danni was at a crossroads of her next career option. Mining greatly appealed to her as she enjoyed hard physical labour, teamwork, and had the experience of how to succeed in a traditionally male dominated industry. The resources sector also offered new skills to learn and potential for career development and advancement.

In this sector Danni has set the highest work standards, for both men and women, gained respect working closely with a predominately male team, integrated different races, sexes, and cultures through many social events, while adding the much needed female touch, recognizing fellow workers’ birthdays, special occasions and listening to team mates in times of need and depression.

Her giving nature has lead Danni to her most recent challenge. On top of working a continuous shift work, FIFO roster she has successfully created her own booming small business ‘Banga's Beef Jerky’, servicing mine sites and other establishments in various parts of WA.

Joanne Farrell
Vice President - Organisation Resources
Rio Tinto
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Joanne is the most senior woman in Rio Tinto's global iron ore business. In her role as Vice President - Organisation Resources, Joanne has a highly diverse portfolio, covering human resources, health and safety, communities, environment, climate change and water for operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Guinea and India.

Throughout her career Joanne has been a strong advocate for women. She has advocated on both a personal and an organisational level for women to join and develop in the resources sector. Joanne is proud of the successes of many women she has worked with, led or facilitated their development over the years. Currently in her own team, Joanne has three female general managers of six and 17 female managers of 37, bearing testament to her focus as a women in resources champion.

In her role as head of HR Joanne has driven policy and practices that facilitate women joining and developing in the resources sector as well as enabled flexible work arrangements so that work and family can be balanced.

In addition to her responsibilities with Rio Tinto, Joanne formally and informally mentors other women and supports initiatives encouraging school girls to consider a career in the resources sector. Joanne believes that as we focus on bringing women into the industry at a younger age, such as in graduate positions, over time we will see the gender balance improve. In the meantime, we have to play 'catch-up' and so we must provide support to women in accelerating their career development. Hopefully in the not too far away future this will not be necessary.

Katrina Bukauskus
Technical Advisor & Facilitator
Engineers Without Borders Australia
Category Nomination Outstanding Young Woman In Resources

Katrina is an exceptional young woman, who is passionate about the environment and humanitarian causes. As an environmental engineer in the oil and gas industry she believes her role is challenging yet rewarding, tasked with optimising resource consumption and protecting environmental values. Katrina is currently an environmental engineer with Woodside Energy.

As the first person to attend university in her extended family, Katrina set off to Brisbane at 17. Katrina worked extremely hard to support herself during university, rewarded by 4 scholarships, industry jobs throughout every summer holidays and numerous university jobs. Katrina graduated with first class honours.

Katrina continuously strives to develop her knowledge and experience in the environment field whilst providing opportunities for those around her to extend themselves. Katrina's key strengths are curiosity, optimism and enthusiasm. These characteristics are demonstrated through her innate desire to understand how things work, continuingly asking questions and challenging processes, along with her positive outlook and dedication to achieving excellent results.

Katrina has led a group of 20 volunteers to Cambodia as part of an ‘Engineers Without Borders’ project. She has also travelled to India to focus on an engineer’s role in community development.

Combining her career direction, with personal drive, and commitment to a healthy work-life balance, she demonstrates promise in her altruistic motives, strong influencing skills and established values. Katrina has the potential and a full set of capabilities to make a real difference, to contribute in a measured and valuable way to the resources industry, the environment and community development.

Margaret Watroba
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Margaret was born in Poland, the younger of identical twins. As a 12 year old who loved geography and wished to travel, Margaret discovered she could not realise her dreams in a communist country and decided that she would one day live in a free country.

Margaret studied electrical engineering in Poland and graduated with a Masters degree in Science - Electrical Engineering. While still studying she married and had two daughters. In 1980 Poland was still a communist country and Margaret did not want that life for her daughters, so she decided to leave with her family. They arrived in Australia with no English, no money and no friends or family. But, with the relief and excitement of having made it to a free country, her positive attitude and hard work saw her achieve success.

Margaret is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is now a principal electrical engineer at BHP Billiton Nickel West. She has a passion for sport and adventure. She cycles, runs, swims, participates in fun runs, marathons, and raises money for various charities in the process.

She has conquered several mountain peaks including Mt Everest. Through ability and determination Margaret scaled the male dominated engineering profession and the highest mountain on earth. She is determined, goal oriented and dedicated. She is an avid supporter of women in engineering, regularly participating in forums, public speaking events and both formal and informal mentoring.

Natasha Cann
Mining Mums
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Natasha Cann is a fourth generation miner who is proud to have been working in the resources sector for over 10 years. She is one of only a few women maintenance planners in Australia, and the only female maintenance planner to start her own company in Western Australia.

Natasha currently has her own business offering consulting services to a range of mining organisations. Her company is unique in that it specialises in mechanical and electrical maintenance planning, a highly sought after skill not readily available in the industry.

With a military background, rather than the traditional trade background usually associated with that of maintenance planners, Natasha credits her company motto, The Art of Can Do, as the reason for her success. She thrives on the challenge of being flexible, dynamic, and results-focused in the industry she is passionate about.

Natasha also feels deeply connected to the Western Australian landscape, which is reflected in her other passion, photography, capturing both the intricate and rugged beauty of the native Australian bush.

Newmont Boddington Gold
Driving Force
Category Nomination Outstanding Company Initiative

As a residential mine site, Newmont has found employing locals has numerous benefits for the Boddington community.

Newmont identified there was a large loss of production time occurring while full time equipment operators on twelve hour shifts were taking morning tea and lunch breaks. This was equating to thousands of tonnes of ore not being moved.

The Boddington management team decided to pursue the employment of women looking for work within the hours of morning tea and lunch breaks to relieve the full time equipment operators.

This initiative employed and trained local, inexperienced women for operator roles during the hours of 9am to 2pm. The women involved gained industry training, skills and experience and enabled them to continue to drop off and collect their children from school. From an operational perspective, the newly introduced shift covered the production downtime during the breaks of the full time equipment operators, with an estimated additional 120-160 hours of equipment operational time gained.