In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) held a Women’s Day Breakfast to announce the winners of its 2014 Resources Awards for Women.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) was presented with the Best Company Initiative Award, commending the organisation’s commitment to having a workforce comprising at least 30% female employees and 5% Indigenous people at its Daunia and Caval Ridge operations by 2015. As of January 2014, the Daunia team consists of 25% women and the Caval Ridge project more than 23%.

Recognising a gap in gender diversity in the resources sector, and specifically in entry-level operational roles, BMA offered ‘new to industry’ training for female employees interested in taking on more responsibility and getting promoted into higher roles within the organisation.

BMA says a diverse workforce harnesses diversity of thought, leading to superior business performance.

Other winners included:
• Overall Award – Laura Tyler Asset President, BHP Billiton Cannington Mine
• Rising Star Award- Cindy Emmett, Anglo Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, Moranbah North Mine
• Trade Award – Amy Woods, Underground Install electrician Glencore Mount Isa Mines
• Operator Award – Leah Ross, Superintendent, Open Pit Operations, Thiess Mining Curragh North Coal Mine
• Gender Diversity Champion Award – Craig McCabe, General Manager, Wesfarmers Curragh Coal Mine

The awards were presented by Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Lisa France, president of the QRC Rob Neale and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland chair Jules Blunt.

Read more about the award winners here.