Women in Mining UK & Women on Boards UK announce Board CV Masterclass Bursary

By 22/06/2021 News

London – 22 June 2021: Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) and its Strategic Partner, Women on Boards UK (WOB UK), are delighted to announce a bursary programme for ten WIM UK members to attend WOB UK’s Board CV Masterclass in 2021. The bursary programme is WIM UK’s latest initiative to ensure the mining industry’s talent pipeline – from graduates to the Board – is diverse and robust.

This partnership complements WIM UK’s other professional development initiatives, such as the summer internship programme, which has run for three years and has included roles at Anglo American, Altus Strategies, Golden Star and the World Gold Council, a scholarship programme to Camborne School of Mines and the Metals and Energy Finance MSc course at Imperial College, and mentoring events.

Board CV Masterclass attendees will learn what happens in the boardroom, understand how to position themselves to demonstrate they are Board ready, and discover the language and structure recruiters want to see in the CV of a Non-Executive Director (NED). By the end of the two sessions, attendees will be able to craft a CV that reflects their experience and capabilities they will bring to the boardroom as well as how to pitch themselves in a conversation or email exchange. The course also includes a one-on-one follow-up session during which each participant receives personalised feedback on her CV.

Alex Buck, Managing Director at WIM UK, says, “We are delighted to have launched this bursary programme with Women on Boards UK because it is crucial we have better representation on the boards of mining companies. What we also hope to achieve with this programme is dispel the myths of what makes a person ‘board ready’. You are never too young to embark on your boardroom journey and there isn’t a specific set of qualities that makes a person qualified to become a NED. We are eager to see women from all backgrounds, roles and age groups applying for the bursary.”

Fiona Hathorn, CEO at Women on Boards UK, adds, “Women on Boards UK is pleased to offer our signature Board CV Masterclass to 10 Women in Mining UK members. This is a transformational programme that helps attendees understand how to package their experience in a way that resonates with recruiters. With the Swann last year showing only 10% of Boards of mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and AIM were women[1] the sector still has a ways to go and one way to solve this problem is ensuring more women are visible to recruiters and are speaking their language.”

The deadline to apply is 16 July 2021. For more information about Women on Boards UK’s Board CV Masterclass, please visit the WOB UK website. You may also view an informational video about the bursary programme on the Women in Mining UK YouTube channel. To apply, please go https://www.womeninmining.org.uk/board-journey/. All applicants must first be a WIM UK member. If you are not yet a member, please apply here.

[1] https://swannglobal.com/white-paper-is-the-current-composition-of-boards-stifling-the-effectiveness-of-mining-companies/

About Women in Mining UK
WIM UK is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. We offer a suite of programmes and initiatives to progress women’s professional goals and career aspirations, from university all the way to Board level. These includes a scholarship programme with the Camborne School of Mines and Imperial College London, internship programme, partnership with Women on Boards UK, and numerous networking, educational and mentoring events.  WIM UK publishes thought leadership articles and research as well as the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100), which celebrates women’s contribution to the mining industry and identify inspirational role models to encourage future generations of women to consider mining as a career choice.

For more information about joining WIM UK, please visit our website: www.womeninmining.org.uk.

About Women on Boards
Women on Boards (WOB) is a network of 37,000 women, and some men, who are starting and shaping their board careers. The network includes those with all levels of board experience, across all sectors and professional disciplines. Our Ambassadors, most of whom are highly experienced NEDs, offer particular insight and connections to support our work.

Women on Boards UK is there to support you, to encourage you, to offer you honest and helpful advice. Its support is practical, delivered with a genuine personal touch. What Women on Boards does works – on average seven members secure a new board role each week.

Women in Mining UK Contact
Ariadna D. Peretz
Head of Communications
T: +44 (0) 7488 495 969
E: ariadna.peretz@womeninmining.org.uk

Women on Boards UK Contact
Fiona Hathorn
CEO, WOB UK Ltd
T: +44 (0) 7973 412048
E: fiona.hathorn@womenonboards.co.uk