Dianne, a Nykina woman from the Kimberley region, has overcome significant personal challenges to become a pioneering figure in the mining and offshore oil and gas sectors. Born in Perth and raised in Port Hedland, Dianne faced adversity from a young age. Her mother endured the institutionalisation of Aboriginal children, resulting in the loss of language and connection to the family’s cultural roots. Despite these challenges, Dianne found support during boarding school from a compassionate teacher, contributing to her high school completion. Early adulthood brought the challenge of single motherhood, but Dianne remained committed to helping others, eventually providing educational support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth on Thursday Island.
In her early 30s, Dianne ventured into the male-dominated mining world, overcoming scepticism to become Australia’s first female Aboriginal open crane operator. Transitioning to offshore operations, Dianne joined INPEX through the Solid Pathways Program, earning recognition as the first female Service Technician and competent crane operator in the company.
Her achievements, spanning 17 years, include mastering various crane operations and earning the Open Crane ticket. Dianne’s commitment to personal growth culminated in her success as an Offshore Service Technician, breaking gender stereotypes in the industry.
Beyond the workplace, Dianne’s commitment extends to mentoring young women and addressing societal issues through her passion for the arts.