Queensland's remarkable women in resources

Jo-Anne Dudley, Senior Manager of Strategic Mine and Resources Planning with Rio Tinto.

Jo-Anne Dudley, Senior Manager of Strategic Mine and Resources Planning with Rio Tinto, has worked in underground mines throughout Australia, Africa, the USA and Mongolia.

Jo-Anne, a mother of 2, moved her family from Brisbane to Vancouver in 2010 to work on a feasibility study for the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Now based back in Brisbane, Jo-Anne travels regularly to Mongolia and manages 30 people across 3 locations: Brisbane, Ulaanbaatar and the Oyu Tolgoi mine.

Jo-Anne has been a regular guest lecturer in Caving Studies at the University of British Columbia and chaired the voluntary group – Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) – in 2008 and 2009.

A member of the University of Queensland’s Women in Engineering Initiative Advisory Board, Jo-Anne helps promote the entry of women into engineering, supports them at university and prepares them for post-university life.

“To ensure that not only the strongest survive those early and often lonely years, I am a passionate participator in the WIMARQ/QRC mentoring program, having mentored 4 wonderful women in resources over the past 3 years,” Jo-Anne said.

The annual Resources Awards for Women – organised by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and WIMARQ – were presented by the Minister for Women Di Farmer at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in front of a crowd of more than 1,000, including about 450 people watching via the internet in Moranbah, Mount Isa, Blackwater, Curragh Mine, Cannington Mine and Rockhampton.

Since 2006 these awards have provided a cohort of role models and ambassadors to inspire women to enter and remain in the resources sector.

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