As the only international platform for women in mining globally, International Women in Mining (IWiM) operates as a virtual organisation.

IWiM is managed by a Board of Directors and relies for its work on a team of volunteers and supporters without whom it could not achieve any of its objectives; like IWiM’s Directors, they are based all over the world and bring different perspectives to the organisation.

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Alex Atkins

Director
STEM Women in Mining - Perth
Bio
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Alex Atkins
Director
STEM Women in Mining - Perth
Alex is a Non-executive Director of Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:PRN), Founder of Alex Atkins & Associates (a mining risk consultancy), Director of Global Mining Sustainability (Toronto) & Director of International Women In Mining (London). In 2018 Alex was named one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by WIM(UK) in London and in 2019 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.
Alex holds two Bachelor of Engineering Degrees from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer & Geologist. She holds First Class Mine Manager’s Certificates for Western Australia & Queensland, has an MBA(Finance) from the Australian Institute of Business, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow CP(Mining) of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) and is a Fellow CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE of Engineers Australia.
Alex’s mining career started in 1986 in Kalgoorlie, WA. She has 25+ years’ multi-commodity experience through the full mining value chain across Australia and PNG in roles that find, design & run mines, regulate mines & in the Big4’s auditing mining companies. In her early career, Alex worked in various roles in the mining industry, including as a Geologist for Australian Consolidated Minerals (Wirralie & Pajingo), Mining Engineer for Mt Isa Mines Ltd, Underground Miner/Airleg Miner for Plutonic Resources (Mt Morgans), Underground Miner, Mine Engineer/ Deputy Mine Manager and Geotechnical Engineer for Placer Dome Asia Pacific (Porgera JV, Kidston & Osborne Mines), Mining Engineer for Murchison United (Renison Mine), Construction Project Engineer at Cairns Regional Council and Senior Mining Engineer for AMC Consultants. She has also worked as a District Inspector of Mines for the WA Department of Mines & Petroleum, Principal Mining Consultant for Optiro, Chief Advisor at Sustainability, COO at PETRA Data Science, Manager at Deloitte in Corporate Finance and Risk. Through her company, Alex also works for Alternate Futures as Principal Mining Engineer and at the University of Western Australia as Visiting Lecturer on mining risk.
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Andrew Cheatle

Director
Stewardship & Governance - Toronto
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Andrew Cheatle
Director
Stewardship & Governance - Toronto

Andrew Cheatle (P.Geo. FGS, MBA, ARSM) is a seasoned CEO and director within the mining industry. As a professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, his 30-plus-year international career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors. Based in London, UK and Toronto, he is a sought-after advisor to the minerals industry, specializing in technical assessments, corporate development, ESG application and investments globally with a recent focus on opportunity and M&A in Africa for Allied Gold Corp. In addition, Mr. Cheatle is a Non-Executive Director with Condor Gold plc. and a Director with Troilus Gold Corp., chairing the Technical Committee for both companies, and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees (Condor) and Governance Committee (Troilus).

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Barbara Dischinger

Director
Diversity & Inclusion - London
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Barbara Dischinger
Director
Diversity & Inclusion - London

Barbara Dischinger is passionate about the advancement & promotion of women. She set up Women in Mining UK in April 2006  and International Women in Mining in November 2007.

Barbara worked in executive search for 15 years of which 9 years in mining prior to  joining the WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering) in 2015 to advance her knowledge of Diversity & Inclusion, role she held for 4 years. She sat on the steering committee of Women in Rail in the UK from 2015 to 2020.

Since January 2019 she divides her time between the international mentoring programme she helped develop and delivering IWiM’s growth strategy.

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Beatrice Opoku-Asare

Director
Diversity & Inclusion - Denver
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Beatrice Opoku-Asare
Director
Diversity & Inclusion - Denver

Beatrice has been with Newmont since May 2010 in roles of increasing responsibility on the Africa Human Resources team. Before moving to Denver in 2016 to take up the position of Global Director, Inclusion and Diversity, she was the Regional HR Manager in Ghana with responsibility for talent management, inclusion and diversity, global mobility, HR technology, talent acquisition, and facilities. Her expertise in Talent Management as well as her operations knowledge is a strength as the organization progresses its Global Inclusion and Diversity strategy with an emphasis on systems, behavior change and business integration. Prior to joining Newmont, Beatrice worked with K-NET Limited, Golden Star Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and is currently pursuing an MBA from Leicester University, UK. Beatrice is passionate about people and how leaders can bring out the best in their teams.

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Gillian Davidson

Director
Sustainability - Edinburgh
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Gillian Davidson
Director
Sustainability - Edinburgh

Gillian is a leader in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and responsible supply chains with extensive experience in the extractives and natural resources sectors. She is currently a sustainability advisor to global mining companies and international organisations. She is a Non-Executive Director at New Gold Inc and Lydian International, both gold development companies, where she also chairs the Sustainability Committees of the Board. Gillian previously served as the Head of Mining & Metals at the World Economic Forum and Head of Social Responsibility at Teck Resources. Gillian is a member of the Boards of the Global Battery Alliance and Cobalt Institute; a fellow of Chatham House, The Royal Society of International Affairs; a co-chair of the Resolve Natural Resources and the Energy Leadership Council. She holds a PhD in Development Economics and Geography.

Gillian is the Chair of the IWiM board.

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Jon Samuel

Director
Responsible Business Partnerships - London
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Jon Samuel
Director
Responsible Business Partnerships - London

Jon Samuel is Group Head of Responsible Business Partnerships for Anglo American, based in London.  This new role builds on the work Jon has led on the Ethical Value Chains and Thriving Communities elements of Anglo American’s Sustainable Mining Plan. Jon’s work focuses on continuing to ramp-up our socio-economic development work, pursuing financing opportunities in the sustainability space, and building on Anglo American’s leadership position in responsible mining standards. Jon also leads the company’s engagement with socially responsible investors investors and is Anglo American’s lead representative at the International Council on Mining & Metals.  Jon previously led the Social Performance team, with responsibility for the development and delivery of policies, strategies, community development programmes and professional development relating to the company’s host communities, and for liaison with key external partners engaging on the mining and sustainability agenda.

The team’s work has included leading development and implementation of: the Anglo American Social Way, the company’s highly regarded management standards for social performance; the mining industry’s first standardised stakeholder complaints and grievance procedure; the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), Anglo American’s award-winning guidance manual for community relations practitioners; and the company’s strategy for socio-economic development.  Jon was also a part of the core team that developed Anglo American’s new Sustainable Mining Plan, which includes ambitious targets in a range of sustainability-related areas.

Jon is a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a trustee of the Anglo American Foundation and a Director of the Development Partner Institute, International Women in Mining and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.

Jon is an economist by training and studied at University College London and the University of Cambridge.  He lives in London with his wife and two young daughters.

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Ludivine Wouters

Director
Governance & Policy - France
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Ludivine Wouters
Director
Governance & Policy - France

Ludivine Wouters is co-founder and managing partner of Latitude Five (www.latitudefive.com) where she is in charge of the mining practice. Ludivine is a mining policy and regulation expert with almost 20 years’ experience including 12 years as strategy and governance consultant focusing on the mining sector in emerging markets. She primarily assists exploration and mining companies in the conduct of corporate development programmes including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestment, restructuring and equity or debt fundraising, as well as title and commercial negotiations. She also works with select mining services firms expanding their business across Africa and on technical assistance programmes for African States, focusing on mining policy, governance and taxation.

Ludivine has experience in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, and significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris; she also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors.

Ludivine Wouters holds a Master in Business Law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and a JD in Business Law from Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I). She is called to the bar in Paris. In 2013, she was nominated by her peers to be one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.