The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has revealed 18 finalists for the 2023 Women In Resources Awards (WIRA).

Now into its 14th year, WIRA aims to recognise the power of gender diversity in Western Australian mining and resources, and highlights the outstanding efforts of individuals and companies to deliver progress in this area.

There are over 110 nominations for the 2023 awards, with nominees performing a wide range of on and off-site roles for operations around the state.

Three mining and resources sector companies have also been chosen as finalists in the outstanding company initiative category.

“WIRA is an exceptionally significant event in our calendar – and showcases some of the very best people and initiatives in our sector,” CME CEO, Rebecca Tomkinson, said.

“Gender diversity is an incredibly important topic for WA mining and resources, and CME member companies are committed to recognising, promoting and continuing to support it in all that they do.

“The 14 women, one man and three companies that make up our 2023 WIRA finalists are the embodiment of that commitment.”

Ms Tomkinson said CME and its member companies are proud of the growth in female participation in the industry over the past decade, particularly the increasing number of women occupying leadership roles.

“We also recognise that gender diversity remains an area in which there is still significant work to be done. It’s crucial that we have events like WIRA to celebrate the extremely valuable contributions being made by women in the WA mining and resource sector and shine a light on the amazing career opportunities that are out there.”

The 2023 WIRA presentation dinner will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday March 31.


The 2023 finalists

Outstanding Young Woman in Resources Award

Chien Foo, Shell Australia

Kelsie Clarke, Woodside Energy

Tan Farquhar, Rio Tinto

Outstanding Operator/Technician/Trade Award

Fiona Larsen, Rio Tinto

Mel McLellan, Rio Tinto

Melinda Clarke, Woodside Energy

Outstanding Woman in Resources Award

Chantel Westley, Rio Tinto

Jayne Baird, Woodside Energy

Shelley Robertson, Mineral Resources

Technological Innovation Award

Kylie McKay, Rio Tinto

Samantha Langley, BHP

Sarah Anderson, Chevron

Women in Resources Champion Award

Jessica Farrell, BHP

Michael Erickson, AngloGold Ashanti

Sandy Sibenaler, South32

Outstanding Company Initiative Award

BHP – FutureFit Academy

Rio Tinto – Building Everyday Respect

Woodside Energy – Gender Equality Matters


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