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2013.03 WIM (UK) Newsletter February – March

By 06/03/2013November 16th, 2017Newsletter

Dear Women in Mining,

The first quarter of 2013 has been one of WIM (UK)’s most exciting. The achievements we have enjoyed are thanks to the continuing support offered by you, the WIM (UK) members, and by our sponsors.

On 29 January, WIM (UK) launched our inaugural research report, Mining for Talent – a study of women on boards and in executive management in the global mining industry. This was completed in partnership with PwC and supported by sponsors Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Latham & Watkins and Brunswick, as well as by valuable input from international WIM Groups in Australia, Canada and South Africa. The report was launched at PwC’s London offices, raising the profile of this important undertaking at a crucial time. We thank our panel, Stephney Dallmann, PWC, Claire Keast-Butler, Latham & Watkins, Heike Truol, Anglo American and Fiona Hathorn, Women on Boards and to Mr Kim Fletcher for leading the debate on the day.

On 4 February, during the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, there was plenty to write home about following the reception hosted by Dundee Securities, supporting WIM (UK)’s fundraiser for the Julian Baring Scholarship Fund and joined by the WIM (SA) team. Special thanks go to Pella Resources for very generously donating a stunning 1 carat diamond for the raffle, from which the funds raised have contributed to the bursary for a disadvantaged African student to pursue her studies in the mining industry.

On 19 March, we were hosted by leading British fashion retailer, Hobbs, which we combined with our annual support for Dress for Success London, the charity that supports women on the breadline through the interview process. Thank you for all your incredibly generous donations. Once again, we received an impressive amount for this important charity.

These events mark the start to an action-packed year for WIM (UK).

Nuala Gallagher
WIM (UK) Newsletter Editor


24 April – Sense and Sustainability

A panel discussion moderated by Justine McGuinness from the World Gold Council with speakers from the F&C, ENRC, Anglo American and ICMM. We will confirm the venue and introduce our speakers shortly. We look forward to seeing you there!

May – Gold Bull versus Gold Bars debate

A collaborative event with the AMA and IOM3 Applied Earth Sciences Division.  More details will follow.


Stay up to date with WIM (UK) news and exclusive membership communications by ensuring your contact details are up to date and correct. Please also encourage your female colleagues to join WIM (UK) by registering here .

WIM (UK)’s board welcomes Mr Les Schingler of Anglo American and Lyne Martel of Rio Tinto

Throughout the year so far, the matter of gender diversity on UK company boards has continued to take centre stage in the media. Mining companies have done the same, and now is an opportune time for our community to announce the appointments of Mr Les Schingler, Learning & Development Manager at Anglo American, and Lyne Martel, Vice President Human Resources Group Functions at Rio Tinto to our board. Les and Lyne bring a great deal of valuable expertise to WIM (UK) and we are delighted to welcome them.

To read more about our sponsors, please visit here.

The results are in!

Thanks go to all who took the time to share your feedback by completing our membership survey. We were delighted to receive a record number of responses and some very insightful additional comments. WIM (UK) has reviewed the data and comments collected and our team is in the process of acting on your ideas and recommendations.

Key highlights of your responses include:

  • Our members consider the primary benefits of membership to be networking opportunities, educational opportunities and the opportunity to participate in the promotion of women in the mining industry – benefits which, happily, coincide with WIM (UK)’s existing goals.
  • Members asked for more ways for those outside the Greater London Area to engage with WIM (UK). We are working on this.
  • Members were supportive of events for students, particularly those linking students, universities and career professionals.
  • Members want an increased role for women in the boardroom and on executive teams, but are not supportive of imposing quotas on such participation.


 29 January – Research report launch – Mining for Talent

Summary highlights…

  • The top 100 mining companies have more women on boards, while the top 101 – 500 mining companies have more women in senior executive positions.
  • The larger the market capitalisation of the company, the more likely there is to be a woman on the board.
  • Mining companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange had the best level of female board representation, while those listed on the London Stock Exchange had the worst level of representation.

You can access the full report here.

 Happy Easter!