2021 Winners

A crowd of nearly 1000 people gathered at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre to see five inspiring women from Cube Consulting, Fortescue Metals Group, South 32 and Woodside Energy recognised in the individual award categories.

BHP was recognised in the company initiative category.

CME Chief Executive Paul Everingham paid tribute to the winners and their inspirational stories.

“These women reflect the enormous value that diversity and inclusion provide to our sector,” Mr Everingham said.

“Some are currently in leadership positions and some will progress to those types of roles. But each is already an outstanding role model for the tens of thousands of women who work each day on mining and resources operations around WA, and many more who might be considering careers in our sector.

“I’m very proud to work in a sector that has a genuine commitment to promoting and achieving equality, inclusivity and diversity in its workforce.

“By recognising and celebrating not just our award winners but also the finalists in each category, we can hopefully further shine the spotlight on the extremely wide variety of jobs, career pathways and leadership opportunities available to women in our sector.”

The winners of the 2021 awards are:

Women in Resources Champion:  Rebecca Prain, Managing Director, Cube Consulting

Outstanding Woman in Resources:  Sara Braund, Vice President- Digital Technology, South32

Outstanding Young Woman in Resources:  Pooja Haria, Reliability Engineer, Fortescue Metals Group

Outstanding Operator/Technician/Trade Woman in Resources:  Laura Allen, Process Owner, Woodside Energy

Technological Innovation Award: Alison van Lent, Commercialisation Manager, Woodside Energy

Outstanding Company Initiative: BHP, Office creche and family-friendly workspaces – Perth and Newman

People’s Choice Award:  Pooja Haria, Reliability Engineer, Fortescue Metals Group

Sara Braund – VP Digital Technology, South32 Sara Braund is the Vice President of Digital Technology at South32, where she is responsible for the delivery of technology services, platforms and…

Pooja Haria – Reliability Engineer, Solomon, Fortescue Metals Group Growing up in a low-income background in Kenya, as the daughter of non-English speaking Indian immigrants, Pooja Haria understood quickly that…

Laura Allen – Process Owner, Woodside Energy   Laura Allen is a talented female tradesperson with an infectious personality, a passion for her trade and a natural leader. Throughout her…

Alison Van Lent – Commercialisation Manager, Woodside Energy Alison started at Woodside as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer, working on the Offshore Goodwyn asset before moving to Karratha for four…

Rebecca Prain – Managing Director, Cube Consulting Originally from New Zealand, where she trained as a geologist, Rebecca Prain chose to work and raise her family in WA, where she…

Office Creche & Family Friendly Workspaces – Perth & Newman, BHP In 2017, the BHP Perth office established a creche and two family-friendly workspaces, with the intention of providing emergency…