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AusIMM leaders feature in WIM UK’s 100 inspirational women in mining

Dominic Stevenson
· 450 words, 3 minute read

Eleven Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) members, including President Janine Herzig and Board Director Ivy Chen, have been named in Women in Mining UK’s (WIM UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2020.

Other AusIMM members included on the list are: Holly Bridgwater, Lesley Bryce, Kristy Christensen, Kate Hobbs, Gabrielle Iwanow, Fiona Robertson, Laura Tyler, Philipa Varris and Natascha Viljoen.

The biennial ‘100 Global Inspirational Women’ publication celebrates the ‘above and beyond’ contributions of women to the global mining industry across all roles and levels of seniority. Their stories highlight how the nominated women have persevered in the face of adversity, found solutions to challenges, and how they are empowering others by being a voice and leader for a more successful and sustainable mining industry.

AusIMM President Janine Herzig said it was a great honour to be included alongside other inspirational women in mining in the 2020 list. ‘Once again there is an amazing diversity of experience, dedication and talent in this year’s list.’

As the peak body for people working in resources, AusIMM joins WIM UK in celebrating the leadership of women in the global mining sector. AusIMM’s Women in Mining Networks and Council for Diversity and Inclusion are committed to equality and equity of opportunity for all, empowering our members to drive diversity and inclusion through their own work.

Janine Herzig said it was fantastic to see AusIMM so strongly represented once again this year. ‘I’m particularly proud of the number of AusIMM members who feature in the WIM 100 list, with each of these women being leaders and an inspiration to others. The recognition of AusIMM members in the WIM 100 is a great testament to our professionals and organisation.’

Janine’s own mining career includes 30 years’ experience in executive management, consulting and technical roles and most recently as a non-executive director. She started her career as a Graduate Metallurgist in Mount Isa Mines’ lead/zinc concentrator, where she was the sole female in a production role. Janine was first elected to the AusIMM Board in 2013 and has served as AusIMM President for 2019 and 2020.

Janine hopes the publication provides encouragement for other women looking to build their own careers in mining. ‘When I was starting out 30 years ago, the attitude towards women in mining was very different. To be in a place now where we can actively celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of women, across the wide range of roles they play, shows how far we have come as an industry.’

The full WIM 100 publication can be downloaded from the WIM UK website.

Read detailed bios of AusIMM President Janine Herzig and Director Ivy Chen.

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