National Women in Resources Award recognises the cream of the crop in mining, energy

Published: 09/09/2016
Group of smiling young women in high vis, hi-vis, no hard hats at Aurizon rail freight yard
An oil and gas executive from Shell Australia has been named as the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources.

Cecile Wake, VP Commercial, took out the top gong at the National Women in Resources event in Adelaide overnight.

Ms Wake is also a pentathlete and has represented Australia at seven world championships.

The judges said they were impressed with how she managed a stellar career and her significant involvement in promoting and supporting women in the male-dominated industry.

The award for Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman went to Kelly Jane Down from Tasmania.

Ms Down, the safety and training officer at Bell Bay Aluminium, started out as an apprentice fitter and turner with the company 30 years ago.

The Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources award went to Jasmine Richards from South Australia.

Ms Richards is the senior environmental advisor at Oz Minerals.

Rail freight operator Aurizon won the Excellence in Company Programs and Performance Category.

The Queensland company has a strategy to have a 30 per cent female workforce by the end of the decade and is already more than half way to that goal.

Michael Schoch, general manager of the Crux Project for Shell Australia, took out the award for Gender Diversity Champion.

Mr Schoch has developed a number of male “champions of change” to advocate for women in resources, something he says has a business as much as a social imperative.