2015 Women in Industry Award Winners – Australia

Published: 26/06/2015

Congratulations!!! to all nominees, shortlisted and especially to the winners

Excellence in Mining

Maria Joyce – General Manager, MEC Mining

Maria Joyce has won this year’s Excellence in Mining award for being a well-respected leader within the sector.

Just over 12 months ago Joyce took on the challenge of the General Managers role for MEC Mining.

Through this position she is responsible for the leadership, mentoring and technical output of all of the Australian based consultants both in the office and on site (35 permanent staff and additional subcontractors).

Joyce champions the culture within MEC Mining and this is something that she holds close to her heart. Her team is like a tight knit family; they support each other through the good and bad times, collaborate, and treat one another with the respect and integrity each individual deserves.

The second major focus in her role that sets her apart from others in the industry is her strength in maintaining quality client relationships.

From pit engineers working in the Bowen Basin all the way through to company CEOs across the world, Joyce has an exceptional ability to continuously keep the lines of communication open with clients and ensure that her team delivers trusted expertise and proven outcomes on each and every project.

Finally, Joyce’s wealth of technical and operational knowledge and expertise in mining engineering are what elevate her above other individuals in the sector. Joyce won the BMA Business Excellence and Innovation Award for her “Dragline Wait on Dozer Project”, which led to significant increases to dragline operating efficiencies. She is highly regarded as a leader in her field. Joyce has also become widely recognised as an industry expert in XPAC and XACT.

The judges said that Joyce was a deserving winner who has “taken risks in her own career, backed herself to succeed and become an outstanding and well respected leader in her own right”.

“Joyce demonstrated an outstanding mix of technical expertise, commercial tenacity and willingness to develop the next generation of leaders,” one judge said.

Complete list of winners