Victorian AusIMM Women on Boards Scholarship winners announced
AusIMM, together with the Victoria State Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, are delighted to announce the winners of a new scholarship program to increase the number of women on boards in the resources sector and beyond.
The scholarship program launched last month as a three-year pilot program, and recognises the expertise of technical women in the resources industry of Victoria and the need for more women and more diversity of women in our boardrooms.
Three outstanding and experienced women, Loretta Fallaw, Tara Halliday and Sarah Callil were awarded the scholarship, which will see them go on to complete a series of AICD courses and profiled through AusIMM events and publications as potential board candidates.
Sarah Callil, Director of Growth and Innovation at Worley, started off with a Bachelor of Engineering at Melbourne University and has worked at Worley for 18 years, completing her Master of Business Administration in this time. In her application Ms Callil spoke persuasively about the benefit of the scholarship to help achieve goals for the industry.
‘This scholarship would enable me to broaden my network and further enhance my contribution to our industry. I am passionate about our industry and the potential to bring innovation to solve many of the challenges we are facing across the industry and in our communities,' Ms Callil said.
Tara Halliday, A Principal Environmental and Social Consultant at Coffey, began her career in Environmental Engineering at RMIT and has been working in environmental and social consulting for over 20 years, having spent the last 12 at a senior management level in the resources industry. Ms Halliday impressed the judging panel with her strong commitment to community and experiences on not-for-profit boards over her career, a strong foundation for her pathway onto boards in the sector.
Loretta Fallaw, a development and approvals manager at Donald Mineral Sands, started out with a Bachelor of Engineering. Her application exemplified life-long learning and a commitment to professional development, having completed several courses and training seminars across her time in the industry. Ms Fallaw's experience in regulatory approval process, particularly at a Victorian level, set her apart as a candidate for the scholarship.
AusIMM CEO Stephen Durkin said that the scholarship further emphasised the commitment of AusIMM and the Victorian Government to improving diversity in the resources sector.
‘AusIMM are committed to ensuring the equality of opportunity for all members of the resources sector. Through this scholarship, we want to drive an ongoing strategy of improvement for the industry, to provide the support needed for every professional to succeed in resources,' Mr Durkin said.
The recipients will go on to take part in two courses through the Australian Institute of Company Directors, including the Company Directors course, and will receive facilitated introductions to recruitment organisations through the AusIMM for potential board positions, as well as profiling opportunities in the AusIMM Bulletin and across social media.