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Reflecting on the importance of diversity and inclusion

As part of our Digital Discovery Series on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), we're asking members of AusIMM’s Council for D&I what is truly important to them when it comes to creating safe, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Read our first two reflections below.

Bob Vassie FAusIMM, Non-executive director

Bob is a mining engineer with 35 years’ experience and has recently retired as CEO of St Barbara Ltd to pursue non-executive roles. He has been fortunate to have worked across a range of commodities and in many places around the world, working with diverse communities as they face different challenges.

“Simply put, [diversity and inclusion] is the right thing to do. Yes, there is plenty of research you can look to for the benefits of diversity to a business but to me having a workplace that is representative of the population is logical and right. I have had my best times working with different cultures and having people that are not like me to challenge me and challenge my thinking.”

Gabrielle Iwanow FAusIMM, General Manager – Prominent Hill, OZ Minerals

Gabrielle has over 23 years’ experience in roles spanning strategy and business development, operations, commercial negotiations, change management, and project management. She is fluent in Spanish (and English) having lived and studied in Argentina. Gabrielle is an avid supporter of the arts and charity.

“Inclusion and diversity are about creating a place where all people feel respected, welcomed, and able to contribute by bringing their whole self to work. It’s certainly not about putting people into categories or boxes; so if I can work to understand and address the reasons why a person may not feel welcome, or may not have the same access to jobs or industries as another person, then that’s a very meaningful pursuit.”

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