2020 QRC WIMARQ International Women's Day Breakfast
5 March 2020

IWD award winner paves way for working parents
A 20-year resources sector veteran who paved the way for job-sharing in senior roles has won this year’s Queensland Resources Council/Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Resources Awards for Women.
Joanne Best, General Manager of Enterprise Excellence and Employee Experience at Hastings Deering, was presented with her award by the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaczszuk before a record crowd of more than 900 people at the Royal National Convention Centre in Brisbane.
She took home a $32,000 professional development scholarship awarded by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
A mother of three boys, Joanne worked part-time for 17 years while leading major projects and teams on operational sites and in corporate offices.
With a previous employer, Joanne was the first person to negotiate a job-share arrangement in a senior role, which led the way for others to better manage career and family commitments.
While at Hastings Deering, Joanne has developed an innovative flexibility and diversity and inclusion program Together as One on which she has also delivered a TED Talk.
“I have naturally started to shift from how do I not just do this for myself, but how do I do it for others in an individual way, through mentoring, through one-on-one relationships with my team and with my peers, and now through formal programs with Hastings Deering through our Together as One flexibility and inclusion approach,” said Joanne
“It’s simple, men and women want flexibility. Organisations that attract talent that way will keep talent that way and that’s the simple equation.”
Hastings Deering also won the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance award for its Together as One initiative.
Winners of the four other individual categories also took home a $5,000 scholarship from AIM, with a $3,000 scholarship to the leading female Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) student.
“These awards play a pivotal role in our sector’s efforts to bring better gender balance to our workforce,” said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.
“More than double the number of women are now working in our resources sector in Queensland compared with 2006 when we began our Women in Resources Action Plan.
“According to the Australian Bureau of statistics, almost 11,000 women now take part in every area of our business, from operators to trades people, geologists, engineers and senior and executive management.
“It’s a testament to the hard work of QRC members who have incorporated gender diversity into their mainstream business plans. They recognise that with diversity comes improved safety, innovation and productivity.
“The competition for skilled people is also driving the imperative to attract and retain more women in our expanding sector so that it can continue to supply the world with the minerals and energy vital to our modern way of life.
“Our members have had a particular focus on increasing the proportion of women in so-called ‘non-traditional’ roles such as trades, engineering and executive management, so I congratulate Joanne on her work in this area.
“In addition, our companies have supported QRC’s education arm—the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)—in its work to ensure more female and indigenous students are equipped and encouraged to step into trade and professional roles in our sector.
Congratulations to all the finalists and thank-you to our sponsors, BHP, South32, AIM, Mitsubishi Development, Thiess, EY, Anglo American, and Peabody Energy.’’
Almost 900 people also took part in regional events, most of which took a live webcast from the Brisbane function. Blackwater will be taking an on-demand feed of the event at a function today at the Blackwater International coal centre.

For video of Joanne: youtu.be/cL5PT4o4qLE

Full results:
Exceptional Woman in Queensland ResourcesResultCompanyLocation
Jo BestWinnerHastings DeeringBrisbane
Katie WhittleRunner-upShellBrisbane

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance
Runner-upAnglo American
WinnerHastings Deering

Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator
Conal HearpsWinnerPeabodyMoranbah
Demi KeatingRunner-upBHPBrisbane
Belinda MaihiHighly-CommendedRio TintoBenaraby

Exceptional Woman in Exploration in Queensland Resources
Caoilin ChestnuttWinnerSiecapBrisbane
Niki SpurwayRunner-upRio TintoWeipa

Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources
Claire ChauvierHighly CommendedGlencore MIMMount Isa
Tammy EiserRunner-upBHPBrisbane
Kathryn YoungWinnerBHPBrisbane

Gender Diversity Champion in Queensland Resources
shane JohnsonFinalistSouth32Ayr
Donna LynnFinalistBHPBrisbane
Jedda MaloneFinalistSouth32Orange
Jayson Smeeton WinnerBHPMoranbah

Exceptional female QMEA Student
Siena LinforthHighly CommendedChanel CollegeGladstone
Kassandra Palmer Runner-up Kirwan State High SchoolTownsville
Bailey StoodleyHighly CommendedSomerville HouseBrisbane
Liva WoodWinnerWavell State High SchoolBrisbane
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