Victorian Women in Resources Awards

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2022 Victorian Women in Resources Award Winners are:

Exceptional Woman in Victorian Resources

Lisa Gibbons, General Manager, Southern Cross Gold

Felicia Binks, Director Environment and Government Relations, Agnico Eagle

Exceptional Young Woman in Victorian Resources

Claudia Bowman, Exploration Geologist, Agnico Eagle Fosterville

Melanie Richards, Underground Operator, Stawell Gold Mines - Highly Commended Award

Technological Innovation Award

Gemma McGoldrick, Superintendent - Digital Squads, Newcrest Mining

Inclusion & Gender Diversity Champion

Vivian Simonelli, Managing Partner, Ellis King.

Sponsors of the 2022 awards are Agnico Eagle, Mandalay Resources, S2 Resources, WIM Resource, Providence Gold, Cooper Energy, and Ensolve.


The Victorian Women in Resources Awards recognise and promote diversity across Victoria’s minerals industry.

The awards feature six categories: Exceptional Woman in Resources, Exceptional Young Woman in Resources, Outstanding Australian Trade Operator or Technician, Gender Diversity Champion, Technological Innovation Award and Diversity Program Award which recognises a company or subsidiary.

Exceptional Woman in Resources

This award recognises the exceptional achievement of a woman in the Victorian resources sector in any occupation. It recognises professional success, leadership skills, resilience, methods of overcoming barriers and seeking out and accepting new responsibilities and challenges.

It also recognises her work to promote the industry’s reputation and standing in the community. This work may include a commitment to community engagement and development, contributing to inclusion and diversity within the sector and/or other sustainability initiatives.

Exceptional Young Woman in Resources

This category is open to women under 30 as at 31 March 2022 and recognises an outstanding young woman who has shown significant promise and achieved significant milestones in her career to date. It also recognises her contribution to promoting the Victorian resources industry’s reputation and standing in the community and increasing inclusion and diversity in the sector.

Outstanding Australian Trade Operator or Technician

This award recognises the achievement of a woman currently working in a trade, operational or technician role in Victoria’s resources industry. The award recognises achievement in breaking new ground for women in non-traditional careers as well as her resilience, achievement of goals and support for gender diversity.

Gender Diversity Champion Award

This category recognises an individual - male or female - for their excellence in the encouragement, promotion and advocacy for the attraction, inclusion, retention and promotion of women within their company and/or the Victorian resources sector.

Diversity Program Award

This award recognises a resources company/subsidiary for excellence and innovation in inclusion and diversity programs to create a more diverse workplace in the Victorian resources sector.

Companies who have achieved increases in the proportion of women in non-traditional roles, such as senior management, engineering, sciences, operators and trades will be highly regarded.

To be eligible, the company must have a presence in Victoria and be a member of the MCA or WIMnet Victoria.

Technological Innovation Award

This award recognises the achievements of a woman who is using and promoting technological innovation in mining. It also recognises the innovative solutions that she has developed or applied unique/innovative way in the Australian resources industry.