The Minerals Council of Australia, in conjunction with member companies BHP Billiton and Downer Mining, has awarded four scholarships to women for studies to help them progress towards company board positions.

The scholarships, valued at $9,200 each, have been awarded to women working in the mining industry to enable them to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors’ Course during 2015.

The scholarship winners are:

  • Lynn Olssen, General Manager Geosciences - Snowden Group (sponsored by BHP Billiton)
  • Maria Zappala, Manager - Business Improvement Australia and Canada, Anglo American Coal
  • Mary-Anne Crawford, Group Manager Approvals - Centennial Coal Company
  • Michelle Elvy, Manager Production Processing - BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (sponsored by Downer Mining)

The scholarships are an MCA initiative to encourage more female participation on mining company boards.

The 2015 scholarships further the success of a program which has seen seven women complete the Company Directors’ Course in 2013 and 2014. 

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