The Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in Australia's resources sector.
Resource sector bodies throughout Australia have been promoting the value increasing the proportion of women at all levels within the resources sector and these awards form part of that aim.
These awards are another valuable tool to create nation-wide awareness of women in the sector, and encourage other women to consider it as a career path.
The winners of the 2016 Australian Women in Resources National Awards are:
Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources:
Jasmine Richards, Senior Environmental Advisor, OZ Minerals (South Australia)
OZ Minerals Gender Diversity Champion (male or female) in Australian Resources:
Michael Schoch General Manager – Crux Project, Shell Australia Pty Ltd (Western Australia)
Excellence in Company Programs and Performance:
(A High Commendation went to McCullough Robertson, NSW)
Glencore Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician:
Kelly Jane Down, Safety and Training Officer, Bell Bay Aluminium (Tasmania)
Exceptional woman in Australian Resources:
Cecile Wake, Vice President Commercial, Shell Australia (Queensland)
(High Commendations went to Dr Sandra Close, Founder and Director, Surbiton Associates Pty Ltd, Victoria, and Claire Negus, General Manager Commercial, Roy Hill, Western Australia)