Siecap provides mentoring support for professional women in industry

Siecap is proud to announce that CEO David Irvine and Advisory Board member Tim Crossley will employ their combined 50 years of supply chain and mining industry experience to provide leadership and advice to the 2018 Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Mentoring Program.

Forging the way as first of its kind in Queensland, the QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program was created to meet proven demand for formal mentoring from the rising number of women working in Queensland’s minerals and energy sectors.

“I am looking forward to giving back to the sector that has been so rewarding to me by mentoring an industry professional. This is an excellent opportunity to not only advise up-and-coming professionals based on my relevant knowledge and experience, but also to gain new insights into the industry and support its future competitiveness and sustainability” said Irvine.

48 high-achieving women in Queensland’s resources sector will learn about climbing the corporate ladder from this year’s carefully selected industry mentors, who they met for the first time at the launch function in Brisbane.

“QRC’s members recognise that they need to increase diversity at all levels of their businesses and understand the financial and cultural dividend this brings,” said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.

“Since we started this program in 2014, 96% of the 170 women who have completed the program said it benefited their career, and half of those attributed a promotion directly to the program.”

“The participants have been matched with 48 male and female volunteer mentors from our member companies, and I thank them for the time and effort they put into to program, many of them year after year. This program is a valuable tool in helping us reach our goal of at least 20% women in non-traditional roles by 2020,” he said.

Foundation sponsor BHP continues its generous support of the QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program in 2018, along with this year’s platinum sponsor Thiess, and financial supporters Glenore, New Hope, Hatch, Senex and Hastings Deering.

WIMARQ Chair Maria Joyce says the program is in high demand and each year is over subscribed.

“It’s very gratifying to see the increase in confidence of women who complete the program and watch them progress in their careers. Many of those mentored on the program are now mentors themselves. It gives me great confidence that we’ll soon see more women occupy the executive suites of our resources companies,” Joyce said.

For more information about the QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program, visit: http://www.womeninminingqueensland.com/