Women in Industry get recognition they deserve

Bronwyn Evans (left) received both Woman of the Year and Excellence in Engineering awards.

The Women in Industry Awards presentation evening was held in Melbourne in April in recognition of the outstanding women in the mining and resources sector.

Safe to Work’s sister title Australian Mining partnered with the Women in Industry Awards to acknowledge the exceptional women who achieved success through leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.

These awards serve as an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of women in male-dominated industries such as mining, road transport, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, bulk handling, waste management, rail and infrastructure.

Not only the winners and nominees, but all women that work in these industries deserve to know that their commitment, diligence and exceptionalism are being appreciated – the Women in Industry Awards aim to achieve just that.

Notably, Engineers Australia chief executive officer Bronwyn Evans received both Woman of the Year and Excellence in Engineering awards, being a testament to her particular achievements, excellence and contribution to the engineering sector.

“Nights like tonight are important so we can celebrate our successes. However, we still need to have difficult conversations about education, bias, assumptions and missed opportunities for women in industry,” Evans said.

“We know we will have succeeded when women are represented 50 per cent top to bottom.”

Category sponsor BAE Systems said it was especially proud to sponsor the Engineering
in Excellence
award.

“Awards such as these are important to not only celebrate achievement but to also provide inspiration to others to break down barriers and excel in the engineering industry”, the company said.

Komatsu Mining Director of Strategy and Performance Christine Morris won the Excellence
in Mining
award sponsored by Weir Minerals, for her contribution and achievements within mining.

Weir said it was proud to support the category.

“The Women in Industry Awards align with Weir’s own global Inclusion & Diversity agenda to ensure we develop a culture where everyone’s voice is heard, and where we care for, respect and encourage each other, helping to champion gender equality within our business and our industry,” the company said.

BlueScope Steel manager of health, wellbeing and innovation Stephanie O’Dwyer was recognised with the Safety Advocacy Award sponsored by BOC.

BOC said it has been proudly endorsing the Women in Industry Awards for the last seven years.

“BOC believes the Awards are an important event. It’s critical companies continue to support the participation of women in industry and shine the light on the women who are true role models in leadership,” BOC said.

Other winners from the night included Jo Withford – Social Leader of the Year, Larissa Rose – Mentor of the Year, Megan McCracken – Industry Advocacy Award, Shay Chalmers – Excellence in Manufacturing, Catherine Baxter – Excellence in Transport, Lacey Webb – Business Development Success, and Monique Yap – Rising Star of the Year. 

This feature appeared in the May issue of Safe to Work.

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