BHP Billiton
Pilbara Childcare Strategy
Category Nomination Outstanding Company Initiative

In 2007, recognising a severe shortage of childcare places in the Pilbara, BHP Billiton set out to alleviate the issue for local families, developing the Pilbara Childcare Strategy. Working closely with YMCA Perth, two new childcare centres were established, one in Newman in August 2009 and one in Port Hedland in March 2010, each able to host up to 120 children.

In addition to the building the childcare centres, professional childcare staff were recruited, staff accommodation established and ongoing skills training provided.

Previously faced with waiting lists in excess of 12 months, local women are now able to return to work if they choose, improve their work-life balance and connect with other families.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Pilbara Childcare Strategy has delivered many positive outcomes including more opportunities for women in the Pilbara, the eradication of the childcare shortage in the Pilbara and the establishment of community infrastructure beyond the provision of childcare services.

Kate Sommerville
Mine Manager
BHP Billiton
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Over an 18-year career in the resource sector, Kate has risen through the ranks to become BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s first female mine manager. Kate works at the Mining Area C Joint Venture, about 100km north-west of Newman. With 1400 employees and contractors, the site produced just under 40 million tonnes of iron ore last year.

The award recognises Kate’s long-standing contribution towards the recruitment and retention of women, in an industry where less than 20 per cent of the workforce is female. She is a board member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and plays an active role in AusIMM’s Women in Mining Network.

Kate’s vision is ‘that the Western Australian resources industry is admired for its people and leadership, where all participants are treated fairly and equally.” As a result of her vision she is actively helping the industry position itself as an employer of choice for women.

Kym Jones
Maintenance Group Leader
Wagerup Refinery
Category Nomination Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman

Having been with Alcoa 15 years, Kym has worked her way through various roles, including Mechanical Trades Assistant, Field Planner and Area Planner. Today, she is a Maintenance Group Leader, at Operating Centre 2, Wagerup Refinery. Within the broader resources industry, Kym has played an instrumental role in mentoring female apprentices and assisting other women progress their careers.

Through her work and as a role model to other women in the industry Kym wants to encourage all women in resources to develop their confidence to aspire to move into more senior roles.

Maryanne Kelly
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

At the time of being awarded 2011 Outstanding Woman in Resources Maryanne was the General Manager, Production at one of the largest diamond mines in the world – the 100 per cent Rio Tinto-owned Argyle Diamond Mine. A single mother, Maryanne’s mining career started as an administration officer in the remote Goldfields. She completed her first degree at age 33. By 38, Maryanne was Operations Manager at one of the largest iron ore mines in Australia at that time.

Encouraging the advancement of female and Aboriginal apprentices and trainees within the industry remains a passion for Maryanne.

Maryanne describes her vision for the Western Australian resources sector as being one where “flexible work arrangements, which enable supporting a family, are readily available”. Her vision includes the view that “women are as equally capable and seen that way when opportunities are handed out.”