Save the Date – AWRA Forum 2014
Wednesday 19th November

The 2014 Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) Forum will explore workforce diversity and inclusion across multiple forms including gender and culture.

Join industry peers in Perth on 19th November to hear resource employers and diversity experts describe practical solutions to barriers preventing greater attraction, retention and development of underutilised labour pools such as women and Indigenous Australians.


  • Get a first-hand account of how resource leader Iluka is tackling the diversity challenge with innovative recruitment and workforce development strategies.
  • Hear advisors from top firms Georgiou Group and Diversity Network debate the challenges of building workforce diversity in Australia’s resource industry.
  • Learn how Leighton Contractors and FMG’s innovative approach to Indigenous recruitment has improved their Indigenous workforce participation and community engagement.
Speaker Preview

Juliet-Bourke Juliet Bourke
Partner, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Australia

Juliet leads the Diversity and inclusion practice, and co-leads the Leadership practice at Deloitte Australia. She works with executives and senior leaders to develop and implement organisational change strategies to improve business performance through diversity and inclusion, and she develops and delivers leadership interventions, including Deloitte’s Inclusive Leadership program.

Katie-Jeyn-Romeyn 04 Katie-Jeyn Romeyn
Executive General Manager People and Business Services, St Barbara Limited

Katie-Jeyn is responsible for the HR, health, safety, environment and community functions. She initiated and led strategies to eliminate the company’s pay equity gap. This reduced the gap from 43% in 2007 to 11.4% in 2014 and led to St Barbara receiving state and national awards.

Stuart Forrester
Operations Manager, Iluka Resources

Stuart is a qualified electrical engineer and has held various project and business improvement roles. He believes a diverse workforce drives growth and performance through differing values, skills and backgrounds, as well as challenging the ways people think. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the 2014 ‘Champion of Women in Resources’ at the Women in Resources National Awards.

Maree Merrett opt Maree Merrett
Executive General Manager – HR
Morris Corporation

Maree is a HR professional of more than 20 years. Previously, she worked for BHP and Rio Tinto, assisting Indigenous employees with traineeships and coordinating cross cultural training. In 2014 Morris Corporation was awarded Champion Employer of the Year for their Track to Triumph Indigenous
pre-employment and work ready programme.

Seraphine Bray
Manager, Indigenous & Community
Leighton Contractors

Seraphine Bray is an Arrernte woman from the Central Desert region of Australia. At Leighton Contractors, she is responsible for developing links between industry and community. She works at local and national levels, negotiating with Indigenous leaders and designing pathways and approaches for businesses, projects and communities on effective engagement.

Mary Matthews
Organisational Development Senior Officer,
Georgiou Group

Mary is qualified in psychology and has acquired experience in Australia, South Africa and Zambia. At Georgiou, she develops and implements programs aligning people strategy with business strategy, like the Gender Diversity program. She coordinates three working groups, engaging Male Champions and reporting progress to management.

Vanessa Elliott Vanessa Elliott
Chairperson, Australian Indigenous Women in Mining

Vanessa is a non-executive director of Aboriginal Hostels, employed by Woodside and currently Co Chairs both the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy Aboriginal Working Group and the Australian Indigenous Women in Mining. She is a recipient of several awards including the National Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year.

Lucy Stocker
Founder and Director, Diversity Network

Lucy trained as a mining engineer and has worked at many mines in a range of technical and leadership roles. The culmination of Lucy’s background and interests led to developing Diversity Network. This business utilises her considerable operational knowledge to work with organisations committed to improving performance through diversity.

Janelle Woodley Janelle Woodley
Fortescue Metals Group VTEC Driver Training Coordinator Port Hedland

Janelle Woodley is passionate about helping Aboriginal people overcome personal barriers to employment through her work with FMG’s Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC). She commenced at FMG in 2009 and presently coordinates the Port Hedland VTEC’s Driver Training Program and assists with both recruitment and human resources.

Susan Cull Susan Cull
Senior Policy Adviser – People Strategies, CME

Susan commenced with CME in 2001 and is a Senior Policy Adviser. Her role entails working with CME members to advocate and promote the sector as a viable career choice for women. She also works to develop industry policy and networks to influence government policy on gender diversity matters.

Rachel Proud 02 Rachel Proud
Superintendent of operations planning, Solomon Island iron Ore Operations, FMG

Rachel is a mining engineer with 16 years industry experience. She has worked in underground and surface operations. She holds a WA First class mine managers’ ticket and is the Superintendent of Operations Planning at FMG’s mine Solomon, a 65 Mta iron ore operation, leading a team of 20 professionals.

When & Where

Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm (including network drinks)
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Perth, Western Australia


The event program is now available for download.


Member Rate: $350
Non-Member Rate: $450


Get in touch
1800 627 771  |  [email protected]

For further information contact Gail Gifford via [email protected]