Inclusion and Diversity - Case Studies

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The Australian minerals industry has plenty of great stories of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, in the community and through its progressive programs. The MCA is committed to recognising and promoting the work that companies do to showcase their people, workplaces and communities. To do this, the MCA has started #inclusivemining and call on companies to use this hashtag, and tag the MCA using the following social media handles

  See just a few of these stories below, starting with the winners of the Exceptional Women in Mining AICD scholarships. These scholarships were designed to support women to take the next step in their careers and aimed to increase female participation on company boards within the minerals industry.

 

Sabina Shugg

What position did you hold when you won the scholarship? Head of Mining, Momentum Partners
What position do you hold now? Director, Kalgoorlie Campus, Curtin University (including WA School of Mines), NED Resolute Mining
Why did you join the resources industry? It was a long time ago now and it was for the opportunities. As time has gone on I’ve realised how much impact you can have on individuals and the communities in which they live and operate in.
How did the AICD Company Director’s Course help you advance in your career? The AICD CDC was great background for both NFP board roles,  and then in an ASX200 NED role.
What would you say to others who are thinking about applying for an MCA Exceptional Women in Australian Mining scholarship? Go for it! But set aside the time to maximise the learning opportunity.
What would you say to other women thinking about a career in resources? It’s a great industry with many opportunities for both men and women. You can make a tangible positive difference to the world and to many people and their lives.
What’s the next step for you?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So many things to do. I always have a few things on the go and amongst them I’m currently working to create a regional capability and engagement centre here in Kalgoorlie at the Curtin campus. There’s huge scope to help people in the community realise career and personal opportunities to have an impact locally, regionally and further afield. If we create a robust campus we can support and further develop mining education and research into the future.

 

Julie Shuttleworth

What position did you hold when you won the scholarship? General Manager, Granny Smith Mine, Barrick Gold
What position do you hold now? Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group
Why did you join the resources industry? My first job as a vacation student was in 1992.
How did the AICD Company Director’s Course help you advance in your career? The Course gave me much greater insight into the duties and responsibilities of Board Directors and workings of a Board. This increased awareness has definitely helped me as I progressed through various General Manager positions and into my current C-suite executive role, where I am communicating with the Board regularly. 

What would you say to others who are thinking about applying for an MCA Exceptional Women in Australian Mining scholarship?

I encourage you to give it a go and apply, you have a lot to gain from the experience.

What would you say to other women thinking about a career in resources?

There are plenty of exciting opportunities in resources, across a wide range of areas.

The resources industry provides excellent opportunities for a strong career path, and the opportunity to travel, and have a balanced lifestyle.  

Keep a positive outlook and be authentic to yourself. 

What’s the next step for you?                                                                                                                                     

Being a board member on resources industry boards. Continue to develop in my executive career, and deliver long term sustainable growth for Fortescue.

 

Case studies from Rio Tinto

 
Vicki MacPherson
Vicki MacPherson is a driller at Rio Tinto’s Hope Downs 1 mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia. 
When she became a grandparent she decided she wanted to spend more time with her granddaughter. She requested to work in "job share" which would provide her with the flexibility to progress her career, and integrate work and life in a way that works for her. Rio Tinto is a strong advocate for work life balance for all, so Vicki's request was granted  and she is now able to spend time with her grandchild.
 
Mining companies can provide  flexibility in roles that traditionally would not be so that the workforce is more diverse.