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WIMnet VIC Annual Lunch – Inclusive Sustainability in Mining Communities

Join WIMnet VIC for their Annual Lunch on Tuesday 9 July to hear from a panel of speakers.

Date: Tuesday 9 July 2019

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Registration opens at 11:30am

The Hotel Windsor
Bourke Room
111 Spring Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Includes: Lunch – 2 Course Meal and Tea & Coffee


Type Cost
AusIMM Members $85
Non-Member $90
Students $45
Table of 8 $680


Registrations are essential

Registrations close Tuesday 2 July.

We cordially invite you to attend the WIMnet VIC Annual Lunch on Tuesday 9 July at The Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, where we will hear from a panel of speakers on the topic of: “Inclusive Sustainability in Mining Communities.”

We aim to explore the challenges facing the industry around social licence to operate as it relates to our indigenous communities and land-use. It is hoped the panel will cover the practices mining companies are adopting to embrace our indigenous and local communities and how the image of the mining industry impacts on social license as well as illuminating ways in which we might improve it.


Meet the Panel


Jacqui McGill

Jacqui McGill is a highly regarded resource leader with more than 30 years of operational leadership experience in the mining and resources sectors.  Jacqui is a Metallurgist by profession who has worked across a broad range of commodities including Copper, Gold, Uranium, Iron Ore and Coal.  Her technical metallurgical expertise encompasses all facets of minerals processing and metal recovery unit operations. Jacqui’s skills are further enhanced by her extensive experience in the leadership of complex mining operations within a global mining company.   Jacqui’s executive career culminated with the leadership of Olympic Dam for BHP, until she retired from the executive world in 2018 to pursue her Non-Executive Director portfolio career.

Jacqui is now Chair of TAFE South Australia, she is a member of the South Australia Premier’s Economic Advisory Council and a member of the Mineral Economic Advisory Council. Jacqui is also a Non-Executive Director of the South Australian Art Gallery.

Jacqui holds a Bachelor degree in Science and an MBA from La Trobe University and is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors program.

Florence Drummond

Florence Drummond is a co-founder of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA). IWIMRA was founded to greater support and showcase Indigenous women in the mining and resources sectors. IWIMRA’s social media network has grown to have a following over 3,000 people. With the mining and resources industry traditionally being male dominated, there is an increasing importance to foster professional development for female participants.

Florence was born and raised on Thursday Island. With her parents prioritising education, she was sent to secondary boarding school, Kooralbyn International School, where she would soon grow her knowledge of other cultures and people worldwide. This enabled Florence greatly to understand the importance of education and to strive to promote the value of education amongst communities today. Since 2013, Florence has been employed by Rio Tinto as a Machine Operator.

Florence believes that in creating a platform where there is an exchange of knowledge is key to stronger community relationships and that empowering indigenous women in the mining & resource sectors is a strong channel to promote and sustain real change.

Sharon Flynn

Sharon Flynn is a senior leader in social performance skilled in creating shared social, economic and environmental value for business and society. Sharon has a reputation for aligning innovation with business interests and for her ability to negotiate across different social, commercial and cultural realities to achieve outcomes. Sharon also has a strong understanding of the nexus between environmental, social and business risk and the need for integrated and strategic thinking.

With over 20 years of experience in the extractive, construction, manufacturing, forestry and Not-for-Profit sectors in North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa, Sharon has gained in depth  knowledge of the business models, operations, and commercial arrangements required to achieve resource access and social consensus.  Sharon has lead teams in community, government and stakeholder engagement, land acquisition, integrated social and environmental management and local economic development and has held the positions of senior leader, corporate advisor, consultant and auditor.

Sharon is experienced in the areas of social investment, human rights assessment, conflict prevention and management, local employment and sourcing, and community-based enterprise development.

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