The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) have announced the state finalists for the 2021 Resources Awards for Women.
Glencore’s Mount Isa-based general manager for health, safety, environment and community Maryann Wipaki (main picture) is in the running for the Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources title.
Gladstone-based QAL legal counsel Elizabeth Baker and Brisbane-based BHP head of business planning Maria Joyce are also finalists for that top award.
The winners will be announced at the 16th annual QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 10 at the Royal International Convention in Bowen Hills.
Amongst the 14 women to vie for six awards across the sector are CEOs, legal counsels, general managers, drillers, project leads and leading hands.
Add to that longwall electrical coordinators, business analysts, procurement managers and culture and inclusion specialists for a picture of the diversity of opportunities women are embracing in Queensland’s resources sector.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said a recent member survey showed the proportion of women employed in Queensland’s resources sector increased from six percent in 2006 to almost 20 percent in 2020.
“Over the past 12 months there’s also been a three percent jump in the number of women employed in resources, which is our largest ever annual increase and shows the industry is moving in the right direction,” he said.
The full list of 2021 finalists is below: