2019 WIRA Finalists

Laura Hayman
Specialist Data Engineer
Rio Tinto
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Laura is a Geotechnical Engineer and Data Engineer at Rio Tinto with 15 years’ experience in the mining industry. She has a plethora of technical experience and academic success which has led her to participate as an AusIMM Chartered Professional Assessor, an Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) Technical Reviewer, and has published and presented her own work at mining industry forums.
Laura is an avid fan of technology, especially technology which can be adapted from other industries into the mining industry. She is constantly pushing herself to find smarter ways of optimising old systems and ways of thinking for safety and productivity gains. Laura’s contribution to her workplace’s technical expertise and knowledge community has resulted in significant positive commercial and strategic outcomes.
Laura sees mentoring for inclusion and diversity in the technology and STEM sectors as a priority and a personal responsibility. She is the Founder and Chair of the Rio Tinto Women in Technology Networking Group, Mentor at the ‘Get into Resources’ Mining careers event and Mentor in the Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) program. She is passionate about finding ways to help mining industry professionals upskill as we head into Industry 4.0.

Michael Parker
Alcoa of Australia
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Michael Parker is the Chairman and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, a traditional industrial workplace with a strong agenda to increase female workforce participation and remove barriers for the attraction, retention and progression of women. Michael has actively grown female representation to almost 50 per cent on his extended leadership team over the last three years.

At a board level, Michael visibly champions diversity to ensure good governance and accountability. He is the Executive Sponsor of the global Alcoa Women’s Network and chairs Alcoa’s Inclusion Steering Committee. Internally and externally he has been instrumental in achieving strategic and innovative workplace change as an active member of CEOs for Gender Equity, Diversity Council Australia, and as a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador.

Michael continues to advocate for and inspire flexible work practices, policies and initiatives, such as female-only traineeships. He has established a five year gender target for Australian operations and mandated that diversity and inclusion be included as a standing agenda item at all leadership meetings.

Michael’s deep and personal commitment continues to transform Alcoa as an inclusive workplace which values women. He firmly believes employers, particularly in the resources sector, have a responsibility to create equality for women to enjoy a long-term and meaningful career which will grow and adapt with them throughout all stages of their lives.