2020 Winners

On 6 March 2020 Western Australia’s resources sector celebrated the exceptional talent of the individuals and companies who are championing gender diversity within the sector at The Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s (CME) 11th Women in Resources Awards. Five inspiring women from Fortescue Metals Group, Chevron, Woodside Energy and Newmont were among the winners on the night, as well as Compass and BOAB in the company categories.

CME chief executive Paul Everingham said the awards demonstrated the value of diversity and inclusion and the benefits it provided to both the employee and employer. “WIRA allows us to acknowledge inspirational women working in Western Australia, the men and women who champion gender diversity and the efforts made by companies in the sector to improve the participation of women in our workforce,” he said. “It was an honour to be surrounded by some of our current and future leaders in mining and energy, who represent the strong contribution and enormous value diversity and inclusion bring to our sector.

“We need to create positive environments where individuals feel comfortable to express their diversity of experiences and thought and where organisations can both listen and leverage that diversity. Diversity leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.”

  • People’s Choice Award
    Briohny Evans, Superintendent Fixed Plant Planning, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Women in Resources Champion
    Elizabeth Gaines, CEO, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Outstanding Woman in Resources
    Dr Rishelle Hume AM, Manager, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Chevron Australia
  • Outstanding Young Woman in Resources
    Vanessa Bullock, System Engineer, Woodside Energy
  • Outstanding Operator/Technician/Trade Woman in Resources
    Jennifer Ward, Haul Truck Operator, Newmont Australia
  • Outstanding Company Initiative – Large Company
    Compass Group – Launch into Work
  • Outstanding Company Initiative – Small to Medium Company
    BOAB (Building Opportunities for Aboriginal Business) – Indigenous Engagement

Briohny Evans, Superintendent Fixed Plant Planning, Fortescue Metals Group Following the completion of her apprenticeship at Cargill Salt, Briohny joined BHP as the only female Electrical Tradesperson in 2005. In…

Elizabeth Gaines, CEO, Fortescue Metals Group Elizabeth was elected to the Fortescue Metals Group Board of Directors in 2013, as the company’s first female director. In 2017, she became Fortescue’s…

Dr Rishelle Hume AM, Manager, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Chevron Australia Rishelle has more than 25 years experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, justice and health. She received the…

Vanessa Bullock, System Engineer, Woodside Energy Vanessa joined Woodside in 2014 as a graduate mechanical engineer. Following the graduate program, Vanessa delivered two of the most complex subsea pigging projects…

Jennifer Ward, Haul Truck Operator, Newmont Australia Jennifer spent the early part of her career working as an education assistant with a focus on special needs education. After 18 years…

Compass Group – Launch into Work The number of people who are long-term unemployed in Australia has increased significantly over the past decade; many of whom are women who remain unemployed…

BOAB (Building Opportunities for Aboriginal Business) – Indigenous Engagement BOAB has focused on the need to plan for and achieve a skilled, diverse and dedicated workforce which utilises the unique skills…