CMOC-Northparkes Mines Managing Director Stefanie Loader has been elected as new Chair of the NSW Minerals Council, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
“Stefanie Loader is an outstanding leader in the mining industry, a role model for women, and a highly regarded member of both the Parkes community and the Central West more broadly,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
“I look forward to working with her as we seek to address industry challenges and maximise opportunities for mining communities across the state.”
“Outgoing chairman David Moult from Centennial Coal has been a terrific industry leader and advocate over many years, particularly during the last two years while Chair of the NSW Minerals Council, so it’s great to see another strong and effective industry advocate appointed to this important role.”
Ms Loader says she is looking forward to adding to the positive conversations about mining in NSW.
“My key priority will be to continue to tell the story of our mining communities and build on the good work that we’ve done to date in working together with and also educating the community. I want to continue to broaden the image of our industry, which we do by proactively telling the stories of the great people working in mining while also listening to our community and key stakeholders,” Ms Loader said.
“Coming from the metalliferous side of the business, I am looking forward to learning more about coal which is such an important part of our industry here in NSW. I’ve already spent time underground in the western coalfields and have been to see open cut mines in the Hunter Valley and will build on my understanding of the coal industry in the first half of 2015.
“I’ve learned a lot from the outgoing Chairman, Centennial Coal Managing Director and CEO David Moult, and the other Board members at the NSW Minerals Council and am excited about getting stuck into this new role in the new year,” she said.
Mick Buffier, Group Executive of Coal Assets from Glencore, was elected Deputy Chair. Mick Buffier has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and his expertise in sustainable development and low emissions coal technology will be very beneficial in future planning for NSW Mining.
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More women ‘board ready’ in NSW mining and business
December 11, 2014
Two high-performing women and leaders in mining and business in NSW have been recognised as part of a program to increase female participation on Australian boards.
Ms Stefanie Loader, Managing Director at CMOC-Northparkes Mines and the new Chair of the NSW Minerals Council, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors along with Hunter Business Chamber CEO Kristen Keegan.
More than 1300 women applied for the program and only 70 recipients were selected from a broad spectrum of community, ASX-listed companies, not-for-profit organisations and politics, based on their experience and leadership potential.
The scholarship program is one of several initiatives by Company Directors to support board diversity. A dedicated board diversity website publishes the only real-time diversity statistics on S&P/ASX 200 female board appointments, showing the number of women on our top boards has grown from around 8 per cent in 2008 to 18.8 per cent at October 31 this year.
Ms Loader is a positive role model for women in mining and was recognised by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac as one of 100 Women of Influence in October 2013 for her contribution to the mining industry. Ms. Loader was also a founding member of Rio Tinto’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
“I thank the AICD and the Australian Government for this scholarship and congratulate them for their support to increase the number of women who are ‘board-ready’,” Ms Loader said.
“I’d like to think that the scholarship recipient list is a helpful shortlist of potential board candidates for 2016 and beyond.
“The skills from the Company Director’s Course will be of immediate use as I now take on the position of Chair of the NSW Minerals Council and I hope to also use the course to build my networks with female and male business leaders across NSW such as fellow recipient Kristen Keegan.”
Ms. Stefanie Loader, also known as Stef, has been the Managing Director of Northparkes Copper & Gold Operations at China Molybdenum Co., Ltd. since July 1, 2014. Ms. Loader has been Managing Director at North Mining Limited (formerly, Northparkes Mines) since April 9, 2012 and serves as its General Manager. She has worked at Rio Tinto for 20 years. Ms. Loader is a leading mining executive who has a broad range of international experience having worked in exploration,