Who is Who Q4 2016

Published: 16/12/2016

Quick snapshot of job changes and promotions by women in mining


Fortescue Metals has added 2 more women on its board making it only the second company on the ASX to have more women than men on their corporate board and the first company to have 5 women on their board

Penny Bingham-Hall spent 20 years-plus at Leighton, where she was head of strategy for a time. She’s on the board of Blue Scope Steel and she was a classic stand out choice,” Forrest explains. “Jennifer Morris, aside from being a twice Olympic- gold medallist – so she knows all about strategies for winning – and young – is a strategy partner at Deloitte. And at the partner level at Deloitte, they take no prisoners. You perform or you’re out. What a smacking good choice? I would recommend her – like any of our female directors – to any board in Australia.” Andrew Forrest, Chairman & Founder

In February 2013 Elizabeth Gaines was appointed to the Fortescue board and in November of that year she was joined by Sharon Warburton. Dr Jean Baderschneider was appointed in January of 2015.

When asked if the board dynamic changed noticeably with the presence of three women, Forrest didn’t hesitate.

“Absolutely. I found a heighted energy level and found the dynamism of the three women on the board to be very strong,” he said. “Their propensity to stand up to management was welcome and management appreciates it. Management need their decisions to be improved by a board.”

* Bronwyn Barnes became Non-Executive Chairman of RNI NL, a listed Australian mining company with copper-gold projects in Western Australia

* Erin Woolford joined the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia as Principal Policy Officer


Raquel Araujo moved from AngloAmerican to CMOC International where she has started a new role as Manager Corporate Affairs


Caroline Williams has been promoted to Mine Engineer Bald Mountain Mine at Kinross Gold, completing her mine engineering training. Congrats!

Olga Chereponava joined the Canadian International Resources & Development Institute (CIRDI) as Learning & Training Manager

Bailey Edwards has joined Red River Energy as Geologist at Suncor- Fort Hills

Cote d’Ivoire

Anne-Cecile Souhaid moved to West Africa and is now Senior Transport Specialist In the World Bank Group’s Transport and ICT Global Practice – Central and West Africa.

South Africa

Sonja van Rooyen was recently promoted to Production Standards Manager at De Beers

Also at De Beers Deirdre Lingenfelder became a Director of De Beers Group Services


Atlas Copco appoints Helena Hedblom President of Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.

Edine Bakker joined Mandalay Resources Corporation as Geologist and is now based in Björkdalsgruvan, Sweden.


Bettercoal appointed Anne-Claire Howard as the new Executive Director. Anne-Claire has over 13 years’ experience in the extractive industries having held positions with Royal Dutch Shell, Eurasia Group, the International Finance Corporation. Most recently, she was the Principal Manager in the Extractive Industries Governance team at Adam Smith International, where she worked in developing countries ensuring through sustained stakeholder interaction that the commercial business imperatives are not impacted by regulatory, political, environmental and social risks.

Nicola Spooner is now Director at Environment Works

Louise Porteus who until recently was Programme Director – Environment and Society at WorleyParsons has set up her own consultancy, Porteus Consulting

Elizabeth Adey also became self-employed leaving Wardell Armstrong; As a social and stakeholder engagement specialist, she help clients develop socially responsible mining projects.


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