2018 Women in Resources Tasmania Awards

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) are pleased to present the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018. Winners were announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held at Government House in Hobart on Wednesday 30 May 2018.


Who are the winners of the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018?  

DONNA McDERMOTT, Production Manager - Flinders Island, Hydro Tasmania 

My resume reads 360 degrees; I started my working life as an apprentice electrician with Hydro Tasmania at the Bell Bay Thermal Power Station. I am now back working with Hydro in what I would describe my most challenging role to date. I have never been afraid to go outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself; I have never approached a role or situation thinking it might not be normal for me to be there. 

I have come to realise that being given the opportunity to lead the Flinders Island team has allowed me to showcase some of my skills and continue my personal growth. I have been given the chance to make a positive difference with the work group on Flinders Island and I am now leading a great team of engaged people, to work safely and towards a common goal.

I have also been able to make a positive difference to a small community. By working with the council I have helped with the Alcohol and Drug policy, zero harm safety training and mental health services. I have done this by integrating the support services that Hydro provides staff into the wider community.

VANESSA SULLIVAN, Customer Service Delivery Manager, TasRail

Vanessa Sullivan is a true Tasmanian Women in Resources trail blazer.  She has a sense of determination, strength and commitment that has enabled her to set new benchmarks of excellence in a traditional male industry.

Vanessa was born in Devonport and moved to Launceston at the age of 17 to commence a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Tasmania. After completing her Honours, she worked in marketing before commencing her career at TasRail in 2011 in Communications.

Vanessa transitioned to Project Management to review customer service function. At this point, there were no female Operations Team Managers.

However, through perseverance, hard work and self-belief, Vanessa was appointed Customer Service Delivery Manager. 

Vanessa admits she has two marriages - one to her husband of seven years and one to her job. 

CAROLINE DUNNING, Production Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine

My parents run a cattle property in Kilcoy (95km NW of Brisbane).  From a young age my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic, an unbreakable determination and a stubbornness to keep pushing toward my goals despite any opposition.  They encouraged me to try anything I wanted to do, regardless of typical gender roles, whether it be driving a tractor, Taekwondo or airleg drilling.  They pushed me to learn from both my successes and my failures and to keep trying despite challenges.

I attended the local high school where I worked hard at my goals, balancing schoolwork and community activities. My academic efforts were recognized with Dux and volunteer activities with Kilcoy Shire’s Young Citizen of the Year.

During my first year at The University of Queensland (UQ) studying Engineering, we went on a field trip to UQ’s Experimental Mine and I was hooked! Mining Engineering is practical, and excites and challenges me, while enabling me to give back to rural communities. 

I completed Bachelors in Mining and IT. These degrees complemented each other, giving me a greater understanding about the software underpinning the mining industry. 

My dedication to excellence in my profession was recognised with Dean’s Commendations for all semesters, an AusIMM Education Endowment Scholarship, an AusIMM Academic Excellence Award and an Australian Computer Society Prize. 

After graduation, my career began as Project Engineer for Citigold. I was heavily involved in the planning stages for re-opening the City Mine. My next position at Perilya’s Southern Operations in Broken Hill, exposed me to larger scale mining methods. Mass redundancies at Perilya forced me to change direction. I began working at MMG’s Rosebery Mine focusing on Ventilation. During my short time with MMG I have attained my Mine Manager’s certification, been promoted to Production Engineer and now handle ventilation and short term scheduling and compliance, as well as coverage for drill and blast.

TARRISHA SIMPSON, Project Electrician / Shift Electrician, South32, TEMCO 

I have a fellow student and the Police to thank for starting a trade career. It was at their advice during school and on vocational training that led me to research what it was like to be an electrician and if it was a suitable career for me. I was always good at working with my hands, liked the idea of working out in the field and enjoyed problem solving, so it fit my interests and skill set well.

At the time, my father, grandad, uncle and cousins (all male!) worked at the Manganese smelter in Bell Bay called TEMCO. This provided me with plenty of people to talk to and ask about what it would be like to work at a smelter. With positive feedback and interest in becoming an electrician, I decided to apply for an Electrical Apprenticeship at TEMCO.

I was fortunate enough to receive an apprentice position in 2003 and completed my Electrical Apprenticeship in 2007, which was quickly followed by my second apprenticeship in Electrical Instrumentation. In 2011 I applied for a role as a Shift Electrician and was successful. I continue to work in the resources sector due to the diverse opportunities it can provide. I am working towards becoming a future leader in this field by completing the South32 Leadership Capability Development Program and continuing my education. I have completed an Associate Diploma in Engineering and have started my degree in Engineering Science.

In 2017 I took a secondment opportunity to work in Supply (contract management) for South32 as part of a regional team. This role covered supply work across two operations, an underground coal mine in NSW and TEMCO.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, Bass Strait Islands Program Coordinator, Hydro Tasmania 

I started my career in the Hospitality Industry as a chef qualifying at 20, however I always felt this niggling urge towards understanding the business world and something that really challenged me and pushed me outside my comfort zone. 

I threw caution to the wind and I enrolled for an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management full time study for a year.

I completed my Advance Diploma and was accepted into University to complete a Bachelor of Business and loved this new learning curve I was on, hungry for more knowledge. I then completed my Master’s Degree with a graduate position waiting for me at the end with Hydro Tasmania.

In February of 2013 I started my new career with Hydro Tasmania as a Business Graduate, doing rotations every six months. I worked on a number of exciting projects including the Centenary Celebrations where I got to work with people across the wider business and even out to the field organising the power station open days. I was presented with new opportunities and projects to manage, I was starting to get noticed by managers as a person with a positive can do attitude. One opportunity led to another until I landed in the Bass Strait Islands team.

JOHN GRAHAM, Manager Maintenance, South32 TEMCO 

John is an experienced maintenance manager with 43 years of solid background in BHP Billiton and South32 mining and smelting industry. He’s spent 20 years as a Senior Manager and Management Team member at South32 TEMCO, and has acted in the position of General Manager on several occasions during this period. John has demonstrated ability to lead and motivate multi skilled teams in maintenance and engineering functions, upgrade and support of plant services including mining mobile equipment and fixed plant. He also has shown propensity to thrive on challenges with a strong commitment to advanced safety and plant and equipment performance.

John is currently developing female tradespeople to step into supervisor roles and beyond through secondments out of maintenance into business functional roles and leadership development course and when the opportunity arose, he sponsored a number of women in his department to attend the 2016 and 2017 Women’s Leadership Symposium in Hobart. For John, it is about being an advocate for women in the workplace and encouraging and supporting women to take advantage of opportunities to further develop themselves.

SOUTH32 TEMCO 

South32 prides itself on providing an inclusive working environment and has set diversity targets across its business. These include demonstrating year-on-year improvement in the representation of women in the total workforce and improving the representation of women in leadership.

The gender diversity picture in the resources sector has historically been one of female underrepresentation. At South32’s TEMCO operations, the otherwise positive achievement of very low employee turnover has indirectly limited the number of women being able to enter the workplace. Through practical application of policies and meeting corporate goals, TEMCO has recently made significant gains in attracting women into operational roles and in appointing women to leadership roles.

As a prominent employer in northern Tasmania, TEMCO has delivered a strong message to the local community on opportunities available for women. For example, the company has publicised recent recruitment of female apprentices in local media and engaged with local schools and the vocational education and training sector.

“We have made it known in the community that we want females in trade roles, that gender is not a barrier to the opportunity to gain a trade qualification,” TEMCO Human Resources Business Partner Susan Bromley says. “This is bearing fruit in that we receive year-on-year significantly more applications from female candidates, which has led to increased female participation.”

 

Winners Announced for the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018

Finalists from across the State gathered at Government House in Hobart on Wednesday 30 May 2018 where their outstanding achievements working to shape the future of Tasmania’s mining and resources sector were recognised.

Hosted by Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC, the Awards recognised individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry which provides attractive career opportunities for women and enhances the recognition, participation and advancement of women in the sector.

Please join us in congratulating the following award recipients:

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources
Joint Winner: Vanessa Sullivan, Customer Service Delivery Manager, TasRail
Joint Winner: Donna McDermott, Production Manager – Flinders Island,Hydro Tasmania

Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources
Winner: Caroline Dunning, Production Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine
Highly Commended: Jessica Cope, Business Improvement Lead, South32 (TEMCO)
Highly Commended: Diana Felipe, Plant Metallurgist, MMG Rosebery Mine

Outstanding Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in Tasmanian Resources
Winner: Tarrisha Simpson, Project & Shift Electrician, South32 (TEMCO)
Highly Commended: Jackie McKibben, Process Operator, Bell Bay Aluminium

Excellence in Company Programs and Performance in Tasmanian Resources
Winner: South32 (TEMCO), Diversity South32 Policies in Action

Gender Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources
Winner: John Graham, Manager Maintenance South32 (TEMCO)

Exceptional Woman in a Non-Executive Role in Tasmanian Resources
Winner: Elizabeth Williams, Bass Strait Islands Program Coordinator, Hydro Tasmania

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our category sponsors

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources Award are Stephanie Pearce representing category sponsor Bell Bay Aluminium, Joint winners Donna McDermott and Vanessa Sullivan and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images)

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources Award are AnnaMay Fauconnier representing category sponsor South32 TEMCO, category winner Caroline Dunning  and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images)

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Outstanding Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in Tasmanian Resources Award are Mick Spicer representing category sponsor South32 TEMCO, category winner Tarrisha Simpson and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images)

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Exceptional Woman in a Non-Executive Role  in Tasmanian Resources Award are Reinhardt Viljoen representing category sponsor Nyrstar, category winner Elizabeth Williams and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images)

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Gender Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources Award are Ron de Haan representing category sponsor Caterpillar Underground Mining, category winner John Graham and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images).

 

Pictured during the presentation of the Excellence in Company Programs and Performance in Tasmanian Resources Award are Richard Grant representing category sponsor Cromarty, Mick Spicer and John Graham representing category winner South32 TEMCO  and Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner AC (Image courtesy of Rob Burnett Images)

 

Finalists Announced for the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) is pleased to announce finalists for the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards for 2018 across six award categories

” The Women in Resources Tasmania Awards are now in their fifth year. The awards are an important event on the Tasmanian resources industry calendar. They recognise in particular inspirational women working in the sector in Tasmania and we are delighted that this year’s presentation is being hosted by Her Excellency, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania said” TMEC, Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Bould.

“Resource sector bodies throughout Australia have been promoting the value of increasing the proportion of women at all levels within our industry and these awards form part of that aim, creating awareness of inspirational women working in resources, and encouraging other women to look to the resources sector as a career path.” Mr Bould said.

Ted Bradshaw, chairman, AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) and Chairman of the judging panel said “The quality of nominations reflects the growing commitment of companies in this sector in Tasmania to achieving greater gender diversity. The standard of entries this year was extremely high and has resulted in a highly competitive and independent judging process.”

“Resource sector bodies throughout Australia continue to promote the value of increasing the proportion of women at all levels within the sector. These awards help create awareness of the many inspirational women working in the resources sector as well as encouraging other women to consider a career in resources.”

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held at Government House in Hobart on Wednesday 30 May at 6pm.

 The 2018 Women in Resources Tasmania Award finalists are:

  • South32 Temco
  • GHD Pty Ltd
  • John Graham, Maintenance Manager, South32 Temco
  • Elizabeth Williams, Bass Strait Islands Coordinator, Hydro Tasmania
  • Jackie McKibben, Process Operator, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Tarrisha Simpson, Project & Shift Electrician, South32 Temco
  • Caroline Dunning, Production Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Diana Felipe, Plant Metallurgist, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Elizabeth Russell, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Bell Bay Aluminium
  • Elysia Coade, Improvement Electrical Engineer, MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Jessica Cope, Business Improve Lead, South32 Temco
  • Donna McDermott, Production Manager – Flinders Island, Hydro Tasmania
  • Vanessa Sullivan, Customer Service Delivery Manager, TasRail
  • Kayla Williams, Apprentice Fitter & Turner, South32 Temco

 

Nominations closed 30 March 2018

To submit a nomination, please use the following link:  https://wirta2018.awardsplatform.com

We would be unable to deliver the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018 without the support of our sponsors:

WIRTA 2018 Sponsors

Pictured are the Hon Guy Barnett MP, Minister for Resources, with 2017 category winners, Alana Phegan of Bell Bay Aluminium (Outstanding Tradeswoman, Technician or Operator), Karen Ashley of Grange Resources (Exception Woman in Resources) and Rose Lindner (Exceptional Young Woman) at the recent launch of the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018 (Picture courtesy of Rob Burnett Images).Minister Guy Barnett MP, Alana Phegan, Karen Ashley and Rose Lindner  

Launch of the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018 - Thursday 8 February 2018

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) are pleased to announce that the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2018 will be launched at the STEAM NGN, Launceston College, 107-119 Paterson Street, Launceston on Thursday the 8th February 2018 at 5.30 - 7.30 p.m.

The awards will be launched by The Hon Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Minister for Building and Construction.

Karen Ashley (Grange Resources, Exceptional Woman in Tasmania Resources 2017), Rose Lindner (Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmania Resources 2017) and Alana Phegan (Bell Bay Aluminium, Outstanding Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in Tasmania Resources 2017) will share some of their reflections and experiences following on from their successful participation in the 2017 Awards.

These awards recognise the important role women play in the resources sector through six key categories: 

The organising committee have introduced a new category into the Tasmania awards this year, the “Exceptional Woman in a Non-Executive Role in Tasmanian Resources”.  Feedback from past nominees highlighted a gap in the current categories, with some of our amazing women reluctant to nominate in the Exceptional Woman category as they felt that their roles within their organisations were “not senior enough” to be competitive.   

Each category winner (with the exception of the Exceptional Woman in a Non-Executive Role in Tasmanian Resources category) in the Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards 2018 will automatically be put forward as the Tasmanian Finalist in the National Women in Resources Awards.  Tasmania has a proud history in the National Awards with Cathy George of Total Instrument Controls taking out the National Exceptional Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in Resources Award in 2014 and Kelly Down of Bell Bay Aluminium winning the same category in 2016.

Selection criteria for each of the categories can be downloaded by clicking on the category in the above list.

Nomninations will be accepted online, the link for submission of entries will be made available following the launch on 8 February 2018.  

Submissions will close at 6.00 p.m. on 30 March 2018.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, to be held at Government House Hobart on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

The 2018 National Awards will be hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia in September 2018.

For more information, please contact Alison Hilder (03) 6223 8600