Rinehart and Staffer Win CME Awards

Mrs. Rinehart wins the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Women in Resources Awards, where Roy Hill’s Claire Negus was named WA’s outstanding woman in resources.

Rinehart and staffer win CME awards

The West Australian

Roy Hill commercial director Claire Negus has been named WA’s outstanding woman in resources at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Women in Resources Awards this morning, with Gina Rinehart receiving a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.

Mrs Rinehart is only the third woman to be given a lifetime achievement award, joining Erica Smyth and Maureen Muggeridge in being recognised for her exceptional service to the resources sector.

Ms Negus was awarded outstanding woman in resources for her work as Director Commercial at Roy Hill, where she is responsible for strategy, leadership and management of the company’s commercial department.

Shell Australia’s Michael Schoch was recognised as the women in resources champion, with BHP superintendent Megan Kline named outstanding young woman in resources.

Outstanding operator, technician or tradeswoman went to Yvonne Fahey, a mobile maintenance field planner at Alcoa, and BHP’s Nickel West division was awarded the outstanding company initiative for its job sharing in senior leadership roles initiative.

Alcoa training coordinator Suzan Drake-Brockman took out the people’s choice award at a ceremony in Perth this morning.

Mrs Rinehart said in a statement: “I am delighted to receive recognition from the industry that I have been part of and that has been part of me throughout so much of my life and it is particularly special to receive this acknowledgement in my home state of West Australia.”

“At this time when the mining industry is struggling with significantly lower commodity prices and the need to improve productivity and lower costs, it is a difficult time for our important industry.

“Despite these difficult times, we need to ensure that we have visible symbols of success so that the next generation of female students can see a pathway to the top in the mining industry and this is where the CME plays a valuable role in celebrating the success of our industry’s female leaders and making sure that their success is visible.”