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EY WIM (UK) Mentoring Guide

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EY and Women in Mining (WIM) (UK) have launched a new guide which answers the question, ‘Has mining discovered its next great resource?’ The guide details some of the core principles and actions that all organizations in the mining sector, regardless of size, could consider adopting as part of their process to support women and retain and develop valuable talent within their organizations. Click on the link below to access the guide:

EY and WIM (UK) Mentoring Guide

Speed Mentoring Dinner in London

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On the evening of Tuesday 6th September, 19 members attended a Women in Mining Mentoring Event held in Piccadilly, London. The attendees were a mix of women at the beginning of their careers or looking to get in to the industry, and a number of mentors (male and female) with a wealth of experience across different fields within the sector.

The dinner followed a ‘speed-dating’ format, where people moved tables in between courses. This meant that everyone had a good opportunity to speak to most people there, and (from a mentee’s point of view) made the most of the opportunity to pick the brains of the mentors present! The mentors had a wide range of experience, from banking through law and environmental geoscience. The informal nature of the evening meant that participants felt comfortable asking questions that they may not otherwise have done in a more typical networking environment.

Overall the evening was a great success, with the attendees enjoying both the food and making the most of the chance to network in a relaxed setting. We would like to thank all of the mentors for generously giving up their time for such a worthwhile event, and are already looking forward to the next one! The event followed on from the first such dinner to be held outside of London, which was hosted by Women in Mining Cornwall in Falmouth in June of this year.

Women in Mining (UK) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and progressing the development of women in the mining and minerals sector. Created in 2006, it has over 1,500 members, from all corners of mining-related businesses and professions and is free to join.

Author: Lucy Crane, Project Generator at Altus Strategies

Women of the Future Awards

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Nominations for the 2016 Women of the Future Awards, in association with Aviva, are now open!

The entry deadline is September 12 and this year’s Awards will be presented on November 16 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. More information about the nomination process and the categories open to nomination can be found on their website,

There is a category for Professions and we are sure you have many worthy candidates within your network.

The Women of the Future Awards, is a platform for successful young women in Britain. Our alumni are a remarkable, informal community of women determined not only to build professional and personal relationships with one another, but to be advocates for an exciting new generation of business talent. They are responsible for the wider Women of the Future Programme, a platform to unlock a culture of kindness and collaboration among leaders. Their portfolio of events and projects support and celebrate the successes of women –

WIM (UK) Announces New Chairperson

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WIM (UK) is pleased to announce that Debbie Thomas will join the Advisory Board as Non-Executive Chairperson with immediate effect. Debbie replaces Amanda Van Dyke who has stepped down as Executive Chairperson today.  The Nominations Committee of the WIM UK Advisory Board undertook a rigorous search process led by Swann Global on a pro bono basis.

Nichole McCulloch, Managing Director of WIM UK and Nominations Committee member, said: “I am delighted to welcome Debbie Thomas as the new Chair of WIM UK. The combination of her experience in the mining industry and the not-for-profit sector, coupled with her tremendous energy and enthusiasm, makes Debbie the right person to lead WIM UK to the next stage of its development.  On behalf of the Advisory Board and Management Committee, I would like to thank Amanda for her hard work and contribution to WIM UK during her time as Executive Chair.”

Commenting on her move from WIM UK, Amanda said: “It has been a privilege to serve on the WIM UK Board since 2011. I am proud to be part of a team that has grown the membership to over 1,500 women in the UK, published a series of reports addressing the existing gender imbalance in the mining industry and has been front and centre in the debate on the positive contribution of women in mining.  It has been a pleasure to work with such a fine Board and team of volunteers and I thank all of them for their support.  I wish Debbie and all of my colleagues in WIM the very best.”

Debbie Thomas, WIM UK Chair said: “WIM UK is an important and relevant organisation for women in the mining industry, not only in the UK but worldwide.  As a woman who has worked in the sector for over 20 years, I am passionate about encouraging women into the industry and working to ensure a career trajectory which benefits all stakeholders.  I am looking forward to working with the Members, Advisory Board, Management Committee and Sponsors to leverage the great work already done by WIM UK and to embark on a strategy to achieve our stated goal of promoting and progressing the development of women in the mining and minerals sector.”


Notes to Editors

Debbie’s career in the mining industry has spanned over 20 years. She has worked in the UK and African practices at Deloitte for the last two decades and was Head of the Metals & Mining Team and latterly Head of the Africa Services Group. Debbie sat on the Board of the Deloitte UK Global Markets group, which is focused on in and outbound investments to and from international markets. She was a lead partner on the Deloitte Growth Escalator programme where she mentored CEOs from all industries on emerging market strategy, particularly in Africa. Debbie was a senior facilitator for Deloitte’s CFO Transition Lab program which assisted CFOs in preparing for their new role and managing multiple stakeholders.
She created and was the lead Training Officer for Deloitte’s South African Graduate programme which trains 100 South African graduates in London to become chartered accountants. She holds a number of Board positions including Chair of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) UK Board, is the International representative on the SAICA full board and a member of the Advisory Board to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Education Africa. She was a member of the UKTI Sub-Saharan African Taskforce and the Africa Advisory Board of CityUK.

She has been voted one of the top 100 most influential South Africans in London and top 100 women in mining globally. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Natal in Durban and an Honours degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. Debbie has a passion for people development and diversity and lives in London where she successfully juggles the role of partner and mother.


Rosheeka Field
Brunswick Group
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Elizabeth Johnson
WIM (UK) Communications Committee