2024 Women in Resources and Manufacturing Awards - Nominations are open now! Close April 30.

Empowering Women. Supporting inclusiveness

Our aim is to provide the opportunity to learn about mental wellbeing, create a network of peer support, and provide toolkits for building resilience & maintaining mental health, in support of Diversity and Inclusion in the industry.

The program is designed for:

  • New female entrants – GEMS
  • Their Supervisors – GEMS Coaches

By the end of the program participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of themselves
  • Have a resource toolkit
  • Have a wider network of relevant and connected peers
  • Be inspired by leaders within the industry.

By the end of the program supervisors of participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of the style which supports their employee to be most engaged
  • Have a better understanding of the role they have in creating and maintaining a more inclusive workplace

When, Where & Cost

The program will take place from May 22nd to 24th at Camp Clayton, Ulverstone. Prices will depend on the amount of participants and will start from $1,115 to $1,900 for one GEM and one Coach to attend. 

Program Agenda

The program comprises of 4 parts:

  1. A 1.5 day workshop, for up to 20 participants, that includes mental health toolkits, designed specifically for the GEMS
  2. 2X networking dinners for the GEMS, for up to 20 participants, facilitators, and TMEC officers
  3. 2X follow-up online sessions of 45 minutes each to check in with the GEMS
  4. A half-day session (3.5 hours) for between 10 and 20 GEMS Coaches to brief them on the two-day program feedback, and coaching for support. (June 8th, 2023 at TMEC)

Registrations are now closed. 

GEMS Presenters and Guest Speakers


Robyn Sutcliffe

Robyn is passionate about helping others achieve their personal and professional goals. Her method is both belief and behaviour-based. It addresses the skill set as well as the mindset

Wendy French

Wendy is committed to helping organisations, individuals and whole communities learn to understand and maintain mental health and to recognise and respond to mental health issues.

Guest Speakers

Ellsie Mead

Having recently completed her carpenter/joiner apprenticeship, Ellsie has firsthand experience of the challenges and opportunities young women face in male-dominated industries.

Melissa Britt

Melissa has been Agri Labour Australia’s Tasmanian Area Manager since 2018, where she is building career pathways for Tasmanians. She thrives on setting and achieving goals.

Guest Panel

Suzie Coughey

A WHS Professional with over 18 years in Oil & Gas and Mining industries, Suzie moved into the heavy industry from the hospitality industry in her late 30s, proving that it is never too late to change careers.

Sam Boarder

Her career path has been shaped by her interest in improving work health and safety through challenging culture and the status quo. Sam says her life experiences have created a strong sense of resilience.

Jade Locking

Jade is a pit operator at Grange Resources, starting there after migrating from the UK. She is spearheading the Grange Resources 2022 Inclusion and Diversity workgroup.

Kerrilyn Cope

Kerrilyn is the HR Manager at Caterpillar. Having a seat at the table with a very supportive management team means she is able to engage in strategy sessions promoting women in the resources sector.