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International Women's Day - What does it take to be a female leader in our sector?

Date: Thursday 8th March

Where: MECC - North Foyer

Time: 12.00-2.00pm

Cost: $40.00


Resource Industry Network is proud to host an International Women's Day Lunch What does it take to be a female leader in our sector?

On Thursday 8 March, 2018, Resource Industry Network will celebrate successful women in STEM roles, as part of International Women’s Day. This luncheon, held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, will feature a panel of successful women within the STEM sector, who will discuss why resources, mining and STEM fields will be among the most sought-after skills in the future. RIN encourages school age young women to attend and to consider pursing a rewarding STEM career. Topics include career planning, goal setting and exploring the barriers that often stifle career progression and strategies for self-promotion.

The International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress so help us to #PressforProgress and come along to this year's luncheon.

We encourage you to purchase additional tickets to invite female high school students to this event. Please enter 'student ticket' into your event registration listing. If you don't have anyone in mind, please let RIN know and we will assist in the distribution of these tickets. For more information or assistance please email Shannon at events@resourceindustrynetwork.org.au

Guest Panelists Include:

Melissa Johnson

Maintenance Manager of BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal (BMA and BMC’s Bowen Basin mines)

Having started her career in Environmental Consulting in Brisbane, an opportunity presented itself for Mel to perform a 3-month Quality Assurance secondment in Hong Kong.  This resulted in her attaining a full time (company sponsored) position as a Project Engineer at one of the 3 strategic landfills in Hong Kong.  She worked her way up through the company for the next 10 years going from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager, to Project Manager and finally, Engineering and Construction Manager (a role that requires endorsement from the Hong Kong Government). 

Mel’s role covered large scale construction activity including continuous drill and blasting projects, reclamation, and bulk earthworks.  Part of the construction activity involved reclamation products delivered to Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong’s Central Reclamation project, and Hong Kong’s 3rd runway expansion works.  Mel moved back to Australia in 2008 following the birth of her first child and took up employment with a Water Entity in SE Qld, as Manager Network Projects, Southern Region.  In 2011 she joined BHP’s Manganese division in capital project works and in 2014 moved across to BMA.  During this period she has held roles as Engineering Manager, Major Shutdowns Manager and now, her current role as Maintenance Manager at Hay Point.  Mel lives in Mackay with her partner and 4 primary-school aged children, times are busy and often frantic in their home life!  


Dr Rochelle Macdonald

General Manager Engineering and Development
BSc (hons), MEM, PhD, GICD, PLD (Harvard- accelerated MBA equivalent)

Dr Macdonald joined NQBP in January 2016, after working in an executive role at the Dampier Port Authority in Western Australia. She is highly experienced with the world of bulk ports, facilitating the development of two of Australia’s largest LNG port projects, Pluto and Wheatstone. She is a specialist in developing and optimising intergenerational port assets and integrated logistic networks, which will be key to facilitating sustainable growth of Regional Queensland.  

Dr Macdonald has also been appointed on the Board of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), an advocacy body to facilitate economic growth of the Greater Whitsunday Region.

Dr Macdonald leads the Engineering and Development Department and provides senior engineering, asset management, maintenance, port development and safety expertise to NQBP. She ensures that the engineering and development work of the department is of a high standard, properly managed, technically robust, and is delivered in a cost-effective manner. She drives innovation, continuous improvement, and the pursuit of cost-effective service delivery for internal and external Stakeholders.


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