CMEWA Inc - Women in Resources Awards 2010 - Winners Announced


Women in Resources Awards 2010 - Winners Announced


Some of Western Australia’s most outstanding individuals and companies were recognised on Monday as part of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) inaugural Women in Resources Awards, 2010.

Channel 10 Newsreader, Narelda Jacobs coordinated the morning’s proceedings, and an engaging keynote address was provided by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi. CME President, Mr Kim Horne announced the winners of the awards.

An overview of the winners and finalists in the Women in Resources Awards is provided below. CME thanks all participants in the awards and those who attended the inaugural presentation event.

Winner - Women in Resources Champion - Sabina Shugg

In 2003, whilst working as a senior engineer, Sabina Shugg recognised the need for women working in the resources sector to meet and network with other women in the industry. As a result, Sabina successfully formed the Women in Mining and Resources network in WA (WIMWA).
Sabina is the sole manager of this network and also has a formal role as the WA representative on the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) WIMNet initiative. Since WIMWA’s formation in 2003, the network has now expanded to over 1000 members.

Through the establishment and promotion of WIMWA, Sabina has provided an important focus for women to test ideas, associate with colleagues in non-threatening environments and she has promoted and encouraged mentors and role models for women in the sector.

Sabina’s career has included both resident and fly in/fly out operational roles, and more recently in consulting and project management roles. She has demonstrated, particularly to young women coming through, that traditional progression is open to women as well as men, as long as they are prepared to commit.

Sabina is currently Manager, Mining at Momentum Partners.

Winner - Company Innovation Initiative - Woodside Energy Limited

Underpinning their Diversity Policy, Woodside has developed and implemented targeted flexible work and support initiatives across their business. This has supported workforce diversity and enabled employees to better balance work and home priorities.

Woodside has established a suite of initiatives which include; part-time employment, job sharing, extended annual leave arrangements, modified start and finish times, work from home arrangements, 16 weeks paid parental leave, 'Women of Woodside' network group, 'Work-Life' workshops, and Childcare: Karratha.

Woodside’s targeted suite of flexible work and support initiatives has delivered many positive outcomes including increased flexible work practices, increased available childcare in Karratha, an increase in women returning to work after parental leave and an increase in the number of women in senior level positions.

Winner - Outstanding Woman in the WA Resources Industry - Kellie Parker

At just 37, Kellie Parker has already had a varied career in the sector, from starting as an occupational therapist to now managing part of the rail network.

Within the resources sector, Kellie has successfully held senior leadership roles in areas traditionally male dominated including marine and railways. In these roles, she’s had to establish credibility and develop earned respect through her leadership style rather than technical competence or prior experience.

Kellie shows leadership over the largest, privately owned heavy haul railway in Australia, managing all aspects of operations including a network of 1400km of rail, 11 load outs, two dumpers and a team of 260 people.

Throughout her career, Kellie has driven diversity and equality and fundamentally believes the success of any organisation is its people. She exceeds expectations in this role and manages a young family at the same time.

Kellie Parker is Manager Rail Operations - Cape and Inland at Rio Tinto.

WA Women in Resources Lifetime Achievement Award – Erica Smyth

As the chair of the Toro Energy Board (Non-Executive) Erica leads a team of experienced resource company executives. She is one of the few executive level women in the WA resources industry.

Erica commenced as a geologist in the Pilbara when it was rare to have women in the industry.

Erica has over 30 years experience in the resources industry and has been the first female in many situations including the first woman accepted into the McGill University Applied Masters Degree, the first woman to be appointed as a Principal Geologist in BHP Minerals and the first woman to be appointed as the chairperson of the Pilbara Development Commission.

Erica has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to other women in the WA resources industry.

2010 Women in Resources Awards Finalists


Melissa Martinelli - Research Associate/PhD Student/Senior Engineer Curtin University of Technology 
Melissa is an inspiration, ambassador and role model for women in non-traditional industries through her ongoing positive portrayal of the benefits of engineering as a career choice for women.
Melissa is the current chair of the Women in Engineering Panel and a member of the Division Committee for the West Australian Division of Engineers. These positions provide Melissa with the opportunity to represent women’s interests through participation in focus groups, forums and the media.

Paula West - Area Mechanical Engineer - Calcination & Shipping (port) Alcoa World Alumina 
Paula is a passionate champion for women in the resources sector. Apart from her key responsibility to provide maintenance support to the Operation Centre and managing short and long term improvement projects, Paula is the site representative for the Australian Alcoa Women's Network, mentors new engineering graduates, volunteers as the Women in Engineering National Committee Representative and actively participates in a range of events to promote engineering and the resources sector as an attractive career option for women.

Tamara Sebire - Vice President Reservoir Development Woodside Energy Limited  Tamara is proof that women can have a successful career and balance their family commitments. She is a great role model for other women, particularly those currently in or entering the resources sector. Tammie has devoted countless hours giving speeches, talks, courses and mentoring women in the industry and has fostered a culture of flexibility and diversity within her department.


BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pilbara Childcare Strategy 
BHP Billiton’s Pilbara Childcare Strategy was designed in response to a severe shortage of childcare places for long day care in the Pilbara. The strategy seeks to reduce waiting lists for childcare whilst providing a long-term, sustainable solution for both major towns in the Pilbara - Port Headland and Newman.

Macmahon Holdings Limited Indigenous Training Program 
The Macmahon Indigenous Training Program attracts, mentors, promotes and retains Indigenous people in the resources sector, and specifically women, by providing attractive employment opportunities that appeal to women. Through the program, Macmahon is helping to create future role models and leaders within their own business and the resources sector.


Jennifer Abols - Project Development Manager Magma Metals Limited 
Jennifer has demonstrated leadership in the resources sector. She has taken a particular interest in the future leaders of the mining industry and assisted and inspired a large number of young people to get involved in the industry. While Jennifer has excelled in her chosen career since graduating with a degree in Extractive Metallurgy, she really stands out through her active involvement and leadership, outside her job, through leading industry organisations that give back to the resources industry.

Miriam Lyons-Stanborough - Manager Human Resources Growth Projects Alcoa of Australia (WA Operations) 
Miriam has built a solid professional reputation in chemical engineering, whilst bringing up a very young family. Miriam is the Vice Chair of AusIMM's Women in Mining and Resources Network which aims to promote the attraction and retention of women in the resources industry.
In her role as Manager - HR Growth Projects, Miriam’s focus is on diversity issues in order to attract and retain women in the resources sector. She does this through review of policies and practices, surveys, discrimination and childcare needs, focus groups and presentations to executives.

Rowena Roberts - Community and Indigenous Relations Manager Sinosteel Midwest Corporation
Rowena represents two 'minority groups in the resources industry, women and indigenous people.
Rowena works tirelessly to deliver real outcomes for both the community and her company. She proves that a sustainable balance can be struck between social and economic outcomes and exemplifies the best of a mutually beneficial relationship between the community and the resources industry.

Yvonne Ward - Supply Superintendent Leinster Nickel Operation (LNO)
Throughout her career, Yvonne has challenged stereotypes and taken on new opportunities in non-traditional roles. By electing a non-traditional Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship, and then completing an Electrical Apprenticeship, Yvonne became one of the first female electrical apprentices in WA.
She is only one of very few females to hold a key leadership position at LNO and is involved in the LNO and Nickel West Female Participation Committees.



  • Susan Cull
    Policy Advisor, People Strategies
    Phone: +61 8 9220 8500

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