Category: 2019

Fatemah Saeidi – Overall Woman In Resources Award 2019

Overall Woman In Resources Award 2019

Fatemah Saeidi

Despite topping her mining engineering class in Iran, Fatemeh migrated to Australia after seeing too many career opportunities slip past her because of her gender. After completing a PhD at one of University of Queensland’s highly regarded Mineral Research Centres, Fatemeh now works for South32s GEMCO a Process and Logistics Analysis and Improvement Specialist, living on Groote Eylandt.

Fatemeh is an active participant in GEMCO’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and also mentors female students from culturally diverse backgrounds at the University of Queensland to encourage them to also join the resources industry.

Fatemeh recently participated in the Northern Territory Women in Leadership Workshop and is focused on using her experiences to become a motivational speaker

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Leigh Mott – Outstanding Trades Operator 2019

Outstanding Trades Operator 2019

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Leigh Mott

Leigh began working at McArthur River Mines as an operator in 2011. She started working on trucks then worked her way up to operating excavators and production loaders. She joined the Emergency Response Team and was the only female team member of the 2014 MRM Northern Territory Australian Emergency Response Competition Team.

She has qualification as an EMT-Advanced and holds Certificate IV Training and Assessment, this has enabled her to better treat co-workers and the wider community members in emergency situations as a medic. When she is at work she is on-call 24/7 for emergency response. In 2017 she has taken on the role of Relief Emergency Response Coordinator. 

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Adrian Third – Gender Diversity Champion 2019

Gender Diversity Champion 2019

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Adrian Third

Adrian entered the resources industry aged 17 and, even then, he felt having limited female participation in the industry was wrong. His championing of gender diversity began a few years later when he encouraged his sister to follow his footsteps to the Comalco Bell Bay aluminium smelter in Tasmania.

Since his early career, Adrian has continually looked to encourage women to enter into trades within his teams.

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Annette Au – Exceptional Young Woman In Resources Winner 2019

Exceptional Young Woman In Resources 2019

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Annette Au

After an inspiring school visit from a Professor on Engineering in Year 11, Annette elected to study Mining Engineering. Within her second year of study Annette took on an ambassador role with UNSW talking to school students about careers in Engineering and also became a committee member with Sydney Women in Engineering. After 3 summer internships, Annette joined BHP Billiton as a Graduate Engineer in the Bowen Basin.

In 2017 Annette joined GEMCO on Groote Eylandt in her current role of Mine Design Engineer, delivering multi-million dollar continuous improvement and productivity initiatives and informally mentoring 3 female colleagues since she commenced.

Annette continues her ambassador and volunteering, serving as a committee member Seagrass Early Learning Management Committee which looks after the Groote Eylandte Child Care Centre, is a GEMCO Diversity & Inclusion Committee member and currently fulfils a communications role with the Women in Mining

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Fatemah Saeidi – Exceptional Woman In Resources Winner 2019

Exceptional Woman In Resources 2020

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Fatemah Saeidi

Despite topping her mining engineering class in Iran, Fatemeh migrated to Australia after seeing too many career opportunities slip past her because of her gender. After completing a PhD at one of University of Queensland’s highly regarded Mineral Research Centres, Fatemeh now works for South32s GEMCO a Process and Logistics Analysis and Improvement Specialist, living on Groote Eylandt.

Fatemeh is an active participant in GEMCO’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and also mentors female students from culturally diverse backgrounds at the University of Queensland to encourage them to also join the resources industry.

Fatemeh recently participated in the Northern Territory Women in Leadership Workshop and is focused on using her experiences to become a motivational speaker

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GEMCO – Rehabilitation Program – Excellence In Diversity Programs 2019

Excellence In Diversity Programs 2019

GEMCO - Rehabilitation Program

The South32, GEMCO, Rehabilitation team has been a local Indigenous workforce for 21 years. Like the majority of Indigenous teams involved in manual labour it has been male dominated for the majority of its history. In 2014 the Rehabilitation Supervisor Simon Hartley began to manage the team based on the teams shared values. The team was asked to list the reasons why they come to work and what are the values and behaviours that they aspire to and value. The team has based all their decisions around these values ever since.

The team collectively renews their values statement on an annual basis. All team actions continue to be held accountable to these values. The workplace culture reflects the positivity, kindness and aspirational nature of the values statement. The values approach is coupled with multiple other initiatives such as: fortnightly lessons on mental health from the site Psychologist,  work supported “Rise Up” training which seeks to directly address the self-empowerment of Indigenous employees, company supported volunteering in other community organisation and attendance of womens conferences off the island. These initiatives promote diversity in a broad sense.

The rehabilitation team has always celebrated diversity because of the strengths it brings to the workplace. Indigenous staff bring a capacity for lateral thinking, desire for connectivity and depth of knowledge into new topics.  The diversity in family groups, marital status, history and skills were points of difference in the team as much as they were points of difference in the broader community. By focussing on values it gave the team the opportunity to focus on what was shared  between families, genders and cultures and enabled the team to hire people based on who they were, not what they knew. It developed on the fundamental premise that good people with good values would do good things. This hope has come to fruition.

 

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