London, 3rd December 2013, Women in Mining UK, (“WIM (UK)”) announces the launch of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project (“the Project”) which aims to promote the significant impact of women within the global mining industry by identifying inspirational role models from every level of seniority.
Undertaken by WIM (UK) and sponsored by Standard Bank, the Project was a collaboration amongst international Women in Mining Groups including: Australia, North America and South Africa.
- The first 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project, undertaken by WIM (UK), sponsored by Standard Bank and the result of international partnering among women’s groups in the global mining industry
- Showcasing 100 inspirational women who have been nominated by their peers for their contribution to the mining industry and those around them
- Seeks to encourage discussion of the business case for gender diversity among mining companies and the wider industry, as well as to inspire current and future women to consider careers and opportunities this industry presents.
Amanda Van Dyke, Chair of Women in Mining UK, said:
“WIM (UK) has collaborated with WIM groups all over the world in order to reflect a broad cross-section of global industry talent in The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project. From engineers and geologists, to finance professionals and investors, each woman has been selected because of the lasting impact she makes on those around her as a positive role model and her contribution to the industry.
“WIM (UK) congratulates each of these women and is pleased to celebrate their efforts to make the mining industry a more inviting and viable option for working women of different backgrounds. Each woman contributes to the mining industry in their own meaningful way as endorsed by their nomination.”
Jenny Knott, CEO of Standard Bank, plc said:
“We work in a vibrant industry, at a particularly dynamic time. The opportunities facing us are great and varied and we need to attract talent with the right characteristics. It was encouraging therefore, while taking part in this project, to be struck by the interesting array of roles represented. It highlighted to me the importance of promoting entry into our industry and welcoming candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences and nurturing those careers. Role models in this regard are hugely important and speaking from experience, in my 25 plus year career, I personally have benefited from inspirational leadership and supportive mentors.”
Women in Mining (UK) will hold a launch event for The Project this evening at 6pm at Mines & Money London 2013. The event will be attended by stakeholders across the industry and is an opportunity to both network and support this important initiative.
For more information about The Project, how to obtain hard copies, or to arrange an interview with its organisers/originators, please contact Women in Mining UK on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to Editors
The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project
This Project follows on from the three-stage study which WIM (UK) commissioned in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2012 (“the report”), to identify business case trends in company performance related to the presence of women on boards and in senior executive positions in the global mining industry. In the original findings released last year (“Stage I”), the report identified correlation between the performance of listed corporates active within the mining sector and gender diversity. The report also identified a lack of female role models in the mining sector and how low representation of women on boards and in senior executive positions can pose a potential obstacle to women’s progression within the mining industry.
From the UK:
- Ruth Allington GWP Consultants
- Janet Bewsey Jobs4Mining
- Marion Bush Cassidy Gold
- Eileen Carr Talvivaara Mining Co Plc
- Liv Carroll Wardell Armstrong
- Cynthia Carroll BP
- Deb Caudle Barclays
- Vivienne Cox Rio Tinto
- Karen Dingley Golders
- Harriet Hunnable CME Group
- Tracey Kerr Anglo American
- Melinda Moore Standard Bank
- Rachel Rhodes London Mining plc
- Sally Schofield Edenville Energy
- Rachel Speight Mayer Brown
- Debbie Thomas Deloitte
- Heike Truol Anglo American
- Debra Valentine Rio Tinto
- Anne van Ysendyck Arcelor Mittal
WIM (UK) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and progressing the development of women in the mining and minerals sector. Formed in 2006, the group now includes over 1,200 members who collectively represent a variety of mining-related businesses and professions. Membership is free and open to all women in the mining industry. The majority of WIM (UK) members are based in the United Kingdom or continental Europe. WIM (UK) provides information and networking opportunities to its members, and promotes the role of women in the mining industry and the sector as a career choice for women. WIM (UK) is sponsored by Anglo American plc and Rio Tinto. For more information, go to localhost/women-in-mining.
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