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Five outstanding men and women working in Tasmania’s resources, mining and manufacturing sectors have been recognised at the 2022 Women in Resources and Manufacturing Tasmania Awards ceremony in Launceston. They are…

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources

Winner: Kerrilyn Cope, Caterpillar Underground Mining Pty Ltd, Human Resources Manager.
Highly Commended: Annette Raimona, Liberty Bell Bay, Training Specialist.
Award sponsor: Bell Bay Aluminium.


Kerrilyn Cope is the Human Resources Manager at Caterpillar Underground Mining Pty Ltd, commencing at Caterpillar in 2008. She is one of two female managers within the company, the only female leader on the Hard Rock Vehicle Management Team and the first female Australian resident to become Human Resources Manager. Having a seat at the table with a very supportive management team, she says she is able to participate in and engage in strategy sessions further promoting women in the resources sector. Among her focusses is working with the local recruitment team in increase the effectiveness of the job advertisements, putting measures in place to conduct meaningful gender specific and intentional candidate sourcing – and ensuring that there is at least one female on all interview panels. Kerrilyn has also completed 6 Sigma Black Belt training – and she is this year’s Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources.

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Manufacturing

Winner: Samantha Boarder, Elphinstone Pty Ltd, Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Manager.
Award Sponsor: Elphinstone Group.

Samantha Boarder

Samantha Boarder is in a very different role to the one she started out as more than 30 years ago as a biochemical technical officer in medical pathology. Her career path has been shaped by her interest in improving work health and safety through challenging culture and the status quo. She has four children – managing to juggle a career and motherhood with – at one point – 4 children under the age of 5 (including twins) and the challenge of having an autoimmune disease. She says her life experiences have created a strong sense of resilience.

Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources

Winner: Jade Locking, Grange Resources, Pit Operator.
Highly Commended: Jessica Hill, MMG Rosebery, Level D Operator – Remote Loaders.
Award Sponsor: Caterpillar Australia.

Jade Locking

Jade Locking is pit operator at Grange Resources, starting there after migrating from the UK. She is spearheading the Grange Resources 2022 Inclusion and Diversity workgroup. Among her projects include a current trial introducing the “Grange Sanitary pack”. The pack allows access to free sanitary items to all female workers on site if they need them. She says inclusion and diversity is about recognising and respecting individual differences such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and personal appearances and valuing how these differences can have a positive influence.

Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician

Winner: Lorien Gear, Liberty Bell Bay, Maintenance Planner.
Highly Commended: Jayna Aitken, Bell Bay Aluminium, Process Operator Potlines.
Award Sponsor: Liberty Bell Bay.

Lorien Gear

Lorien Gear is a maintenance planner at Liberty Bell Bay. She hopes to inspire other women to pursue their careers in trade. In 1991 she was successful in gaining an industrial electrician apprenticeship with the Hobart regional water board – and the rest is history! There was a career change where she was a postie but was introduced to automatic sorting machines – bringing her back into a technical position. While working as a shift electrician at a Bell Bay sawmill she had the motto – “to ensure I learnt at least one new piece of knowledge daily”. Lorien has been with Liberty Bell Bay for around six months.

Inclusion and Diversity Champion in Tasmanian Resources

Winner: Joshua Clark, Bell Bay Aluminium, Superintendent South – Potlines.
Award Sponsor: MMG Limited.

Joshua Clark

Joshua is a superintendent in potlines at Bell Bay Aluminium, having started in 2016. He’s held various leadership positions, progressing to superintendent in 2020. He’s focused on setting clear messages on respectful behaviours and educating the team on an inclusive culture to ensure women are respected and valued in the team. And since starting in the role there has been an increase in female participation from 26% to 30%. Becoming a father in November 2021 has pushed him harder to advocate for improved maternity support for team members. He has a goal to increase the number of females in technical leadership roles in Potlines.

Media Release

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 “By celebrating the women and men who are championing diversity in the mining, minerals processing and manufacturing sectors, these awards give important recognition of the change in employee profile underway in these sectors in Tasmania.

The industry appreciates the dilemma nominees face in wanting to assimilate into a workplace and being willing to put this to one side to showcase accomplishments that serve to attract more interest in the sector from a diverse workforce.

Study after study has shown that broadening workforce diversity is critical to enhancing business performance and in attracting the best and brightest minds to our sectors both now and in the future.”

Ted Bradshaw, Chairman of 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 or the past. Past 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”.

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 Cement Australia, Bell Bay Aluminium, Liberty Bell Bay, MMG Ltd, 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 and announced later in the year.

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