Newmont Tanami Operations (NTO) was proud to be a gold sponsor and guest of the second annual Women in Resources (WiR) Northern Territory Awards gala dinner on May 28 in Darwin, Australia.
In 2015, Newmont refreshed its global inclusion and diversity strategy, and established a three-year plan to maintain and advance our efforts to create a work environment where all employees feel valued and are encouraged to contribute to their fullest potential.
This commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture aligns strongly with the work of WiR, whose mandate is to promote and support women in the resources and allied industries in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Linda Young, Chair of WiR, addressed attendees at the awards gala. “With an average of under 12% representation of women working in our industry, it is up to us to continue encouraging change, not only for the economic benefits that diversity brings to our business’ but also for opening up the many opportunities that working in the resources industry offers.”
Employees from NTO were once again recognized for their commitment to a greater gender balanced workplace, and this year, nine of our people were among the semi-finalists and finalists.
Ian Catterall, Mining Superintendent – Finalist for the Gender Diversity Champion Award
Ian believes each person should be considered for their qualities, regardless of gender or race, and encourages female miners to participate in Newmont Women’s Network Tanami (NWNT) – a business resource group established to assist in attracting, retaining and developing female employees at Tanami.
Cynthia Marie, Development Charge Up – Finalist for the Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician Award
Cynthia started as a truck driver and has worked her way up to the charge crew. She passionately believes in challenging perceptions on site and is described by colleagues as a person of few words who leads by example.
Jacqui Wood, Mine Controller – Finalist for the Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician Award
As one of only two female mine controllers at Tanami, Jacqui keeps an open dialogue with peers, supervisors and managers. She encourages other women not only to find employment in non-traditional roles but also to change how women are perceived in the industry.
Kristine Dudgeon, Senior Mine Geologist – Finalist for the Exceptional Woman in Resources Award
Kristine leads a team of 15 and continually promotes diversity within her work groups. A member of NWNT, Kristine is a role model to those working in a male-dominated field, and proves that perceptions can be modified with determination and persistence.
Kahlie Broad, HR Advisor, Recruitment – Finalist for the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources Award
While working towards her Master’s in Human Resources, Kahlie leads by example and supports gender diversity on site and off. She helps care for indigenous foster children and aims to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged children.
Katie Manns, Scheduling Engineer – Recipient of the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources Award
With a passion for equality, Katie volunteers her time with Direct Reach Ethiopia and mentors young engineers as part of the CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program.
As the winner of the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources Award, Katie will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the National Women in Resources Awards, which is to be held in Adelaide, Australia in September.
Andrea Kittel, HSPL Superintendent – Semi-finalist for the Exceptional Woman in Resources Award
Andrea supports and promotes diversity in a team that provides an extensive support service to the Tanami including Safety, Loss Prevention, Emergency Response and Clinical Governance. A member of the NWNT, she actively promotes FIFO Health under the sites ‘MineFit Program’ and has a passion for promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Caroline Corte, Long term Planner Engineer – Semi-finalist for the Exceptional Woman in Resources Award
After completing her Master’s in Mining Engineering on a scholarship to Newmont Mexico Tech, Caroline was selected to be part of Newmont’s emerging talent program. Today, she is passionate about giving back to her community and is a volunteer at the Princes Margaret Hospital for children and for the Women’s team Melville Football club.
Sharon Thacker was also a semi-finalist for the Exceptional Woman in Resources Award, recognized for her commitment to promoting and supporting women in mining.
Congratulations to all the nominees on living Newmont’s inclusion value both on and off the job. For more information about our efforts to become an industry leader in global inclusion and diversity, visit our 2015 Beyond the Mine report.