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2024 Award Winners

June 20, 2024 | Tramsheds Launceston

Seven outstanding women working in Tasmania’s resources, mining and manufacturing sectors have been recognised at the 2024 Women in Resources and Manufacturing Tasmania Awards ceremony in Launceston on June 20.

The annual awards are coordinated by the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) to create awareness of the inspirational women working in resources, mining and manufacturing and encourage other women to pursue careers in these Tasmanian industries.

Ray Mostogl, TMEC Chief Executive Officer, said, “After eleven years of holding these awards and promoting diversity in workplaces traditionally considered only suitable for men, a new era has been ushered into the mining and manufacturing sectors in Tasmania as it is across the nation.

While women have been employed in these industries dating back many decades, attitudes toward diversity remained entrenched in the dark past. We have seen a record number of entries for today’s awards. Today’s event has seen the highest attendance ever. The change is well underway.

These awards herald much broader indicators than the outstanding achievements of any one individual, it can also be a measure of their network, their work colleagues, their employer and on it goes. Individuals and companies represented today be it award participants, sponsors or
supporters are the engine room of the change. It is a change which will position this sector to have a cleaner, smarter, diverse future”.

Ted Bradshaw, representing AusIMM WIMnet and Head Judge remarked on the important role of the awards in inspiring women to pursue careers in non-traditional sectors. “The awards provide important recognition for the contribution women are making locally, but also for the companies
who employ, support and provide career opportunities for our inspiring women,” Ted said.

“The resources sector is no longer the stereotypical male orientated industry of the past. Prior winners have proven that women can flourish in a variety of roles in our sectors from the ‘shop floor’ to senior management. Each of these women challenge outdated perceptions of the
industry and provide a role model to both men and women”.

“It also means more career options are available to our younger generations, and a more balanced industry workforce means engaged, diverse thinking about what our best future can look like. The awards ceremony was livestreamed to the TMEC Facebook page during the event.

This allowed the finalists’ family, friends and colleagues to watch the announcement of each of the award winners in real time. These awards are generously sponsored by Bell Bay Aluminium, Liberty Bell Bay, MMG Ltd, Weld Australia, Caterpillar Australia and the Elphinstone Group.

The winners of each of the Tasmania award categories, automatically progresses to the national awards which will be hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia in Canberra on 10 September 2024.

The 2024 Winners Are...

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources Award sponsored by Bell Bay Aluminium

Joint Winners: Christine Winskill, MMG Ltd and
Leita Patten, Cement Australia

Highly Commended: Kristy Wilkinson, Bell Bay Aluminium

Joint Winner: Christine Winskill, MMG Ltd
Christine Winskill is well known amongst the West Coast mining community, commencing with the Rosebery Mine in 1969 working in a long list of roles prior to her retirement from MMG. After deciding that retirement did not suit her, Christine returned to school, studying Community Services with TasTAFE. After re-entering the workforce, Christine was enticed back to MMG in the role of Community Relations Advisor – Projects. Chris is 71 years young and continues to add significant value to MMG as an organisation and the communities of the West Coast.

Joint Winner: Leita Patten, Cement Australia
Leita Patten is the Mine Manager at Cement Australia’s Railton mine and if you ask her Mum, she’s been a geologist since the day she could walk, always picking up rocks. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science she followed a career path into the resources sector, going on to complete a Masters of Mining Engineering. Leita has worked tirelessly to achieve her goal of becoming a Mine Manager, operating by the philosophy that you can be a strong manager and still be compassionate, kind, and considerate.

Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources Award sponsored by Caterpillar Australia

Winner: Alexandra Oliver, Cromarty

Joint Highly Commended: Hannah Barwick, Bell Bay Aluminium
Rebecca Pitt, Bluestone Tasmania Mines Joint Venture
Sabnaz Ahmed Shaik, Liberty GFG

Winner: Alexandra Oliver
Alexandra Oliver is an Automation Engineer with Cromarty. Alexandra always knew that she wanted to be an Engineer, graduating with 2nd Class Upper Honours while working three days a week for Cromarty, as well as being the head of the Utas Motorsport team during her final year.

Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician Award sponsored by Liberty Bell Bay

Winner: Teresa Patterson, Tasmanian Advanced Minerals

Joint Highly Commended:
Theresa Mackenzie, Bell Bay Aluminium
Carla Laing, Liberty GFG

Winner: Teresa Patterson
Teresa Patterson began her career in fashion retail, but a change in circumstances saw her successfully apply for a position as a Process Operator at Tasmanian Advanced Minerals. Management very quickly recognised Teresa’s potential, asking her to cover 5 weeks annual leave in their laboratory – 14 years later Teresa is now an experienced and qualified Laboratory Technician completing several VET qualifications along the way. Teresa firmly believes that “Everyone brings something to the table, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity”.

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Manufacturing, award sponsored by the Elphinstone Group

Joint Winner: Nina Dickson, Incat Tasmania
Nina Dickson is the Apprentice Supervisor at Incat Tasmania. When Nina completed her Certificate 3 in Boat Building, she was the only female in her TAFE course and one of the first females to complete the Boat Building qualification in Queensland during the mid/late 1990’s. Today, Nina is overseeing around 60 apprentices in Fabrication, Welding, Engineering, Electrotechnology, and Instrumentation trades and is heavily involved in the significant ramp up of apprentice intakes of around 30 commencements per year to meet Incat’s future workforce needs.

Joint Winner: Kate Barnard, Liberty GFG
Kate Barnard is the HSEC Coordinator at Liberty Bell Bay. Kate has held a variety of roles since commencing with TEMCO 16 years ago. Kate’s goal is to continue leveraging her leadership skills and experience to drive positive change within Liberty GFG, ensuring that the health centre remains a pillar of support and care for all employees.

Inclusion & Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources, award sponsored by MMG Ltd

Winner: Alicia Sargent, Bell Bay Aluminium

Alicia Sargent had a broad range of experience in the sports, education, local government sectors before moving into resources in 2022 when she joined Bell Bay Aluminium as an Advisor for Communities & Communications. Alicia has been a proud advocate for change taking every opportunity to champion values of inclusivity and respect.

Alicia’s current role of Stream Lead, Rio Tinto Safe Production Systems supports the deployment of Rio Tinto’s Safe Production System (RTSPS), collaborating with site teams to drive sustainable business success through mindset and behaviour changes, incorporating best practices from Rio Tinto and other industries. The core of this role is supporting the empowerment of Rio Tinto’s people.

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