International Women's Day Business Lunch

Resource Industry Network continues to celebrate successful women in STEM roles each year as part of its International Women's Day Business Lunch. The 2019 event will once again feature a panel of inspirational leaders and diversity champions who provide insight on their careers in the resources sector, the importance of diversity in the workforce, and how to create balance.




Learn the importance of diversity balance
Hear from the leaders championing improvement

WHERE:   Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, North Foyer
WHEN:      Friday, March 8, 2019
WHEN:     12pm - 2:30pm
COST:       $55 (members) and $70 (non-members)
                  $500 for a table of 10 (members)


Join the Resource Industry Network at our International Women’s Day Business Lunch and join in the discussion on the importance of diversity in the sector and in business!

RIN is excited to announce DR ELLEN MOON as our key speaker for the 2019 event. Ellen is an inspirational leader creating sustainable futures for the next generation of women in STEM. 

Attendees will also listen and learn from an insightful and experienced panel of business leaders who will discuss why diversity in a workforce is so important particularly in the resources sector. Our specially selected panellists for the 2019 event will discuss their thoughts on diversity in the workforce and the leadership it takes to successfully implement in business. They will discuss their own career paths and what businesses need to do to support women moving into leadership roles.
This event is not only for women but also managers and senior leaders to show their support for women working in the resources sector, and why STEM careers are so rewarding. 

Once again, we are also encouraging businesses to purchase extra tickets for high school students to attend so they can be encouraged to consider a STEM career in the resources sector.


Dr Ellen Moon is a lecturer in environmental engineering at Deakin University in Geelong. She prepares the next generation of engineers to tackle the environmental challenges of the future, and through her research focussing on contaminated land and water helps industries to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Ellen completed her PhD in geochemistry at the University of Southampton (UK) in 2012. She moved to Australia in 2011 and since then has worked in both commercial and university settings. Her work has taken her to all seven continents, including a voyage to Antarctica in 2018 as part of the Homeward Bound leadership initiative for women in science. She was recently named one of Science & Technology Australia’s “Superstars of STEM” for 2019-2020.




Natalie Sunner is the Head of Curriculum at Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay. She graduated from James Cook University with a joint degree of Bachelor of Education-Bachelor of Arts in 2004, and joined The Cathedral School as a senior English teacher, teaching classes from Years 8 through to 12. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of Dean with pastoral care responsibilities. In 2010, Natalie was promoted to Dean of Senior School, while still maintaining her love of teaching Senior English. For many years, Natalie has displayed a keen thirst for developing curriculum and pedagogy renewal. Between 2005 and 2007, she was a key participant in a major reform of middle schooling, focusing on developing curriculum and pedagogy for engagement. This reform resulted in significant changes to The Cathedral School’s approach to middle schooling. In addition, Natalie has also written the School’s English Extension work program and has been a member of the QSA regional panel for this subject. As well, Natalie has presented at local and state teachers’ conferences, which resulted in her work being published in The English Teachers Association of Queensland Words’ Worth publication. In 2014, Natalie worked as the Head of ESL, Learning Support and Indigenous Learning, enjoying the academic challenge of literacy and language teaching in these specialist areas. This has been a long-term passion for Natalie and this drive for language development as a focus in education is clearly evidenced in her recent completion of her Honours thesis at James Cook University. This research focused on the settlement of Somali families in North Queensland and the work that schools accomplished to support literacy and numeracy learning for Somali children and their families. This work was also published in the Term 1 edition of the ACEL 2017 magazine. Natalie is also a member of the QSA State panel- English for ESL Learners. Natalie is currently the Head of Curriculum, Whitsunday Anglican School. Presently, Natalie is a PhD candidate through Southern Cross University focusing on the implementation of the new Queensland Certificate of Education and the impact this has on Queensland schools in remote and regional areas.


Ed was appointed as Aurizon’s Group Executive for its Coal business in July 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ed held the positions of Vice President Coal Customers, Vice President Coal Service Delivery and Group General Manager Rollingstock Services. Ed joined Aurizon upon privatisation in 2010, and has more than 20 years’ senior management experience in logistics and heavy industrial manufacturing within Australia and the USA. Having worked with Aurizon, BlueScope Steel and BHP Billiton, Ed’s leadership experience includes executive management roles in logistics, steel, coal processing and energy. In his current role, Ed is accountable for growing and managing Aurizon’s 200 mtpa coal haulage operations and customer relationships throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Operational accomplishments include delivering record safety, productivity gains and customer outcomes contributing more than $100 million per annum to Aurizon’s bottom line. Ed holds an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio and an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland. Ed serves as a Director of the World Coal Association and the Integrated Logistics Company based in Mackay.


BBus MBA GDip OHS – Group Manager Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment - Mackay Sugar | Carissa was appointed Manager Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment in 2016 having previously held the position of Manager, Health, Safety and Environment from 2014 - 2016. Carissa provides strategic leadership and the delivery of the HR and HSE strategic plan across all business units. She manages the Human Resources function including People and Culture, Training, Learning and Development, Workforce Planning/Recruitment and Employment/Industrial Relations, as well as all facets of Health, Safety and Environment across all operations including logistics, rail, cogeneration and manufacturing. Carissa has mroe than 15 years' experience in the health and safety environment and has held positions with Cordukes Pty Limited, CH4 Gas Limited, Peabody Energy and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance. She is Chair of the ASMC Environmental Committee and a member of the ASMC People and Safety Committee. Carissa is also a member of the Resource Industry Network Safety Committee and the Rural Safety Working Group.


Daniel Viero has held the positions of Mackay Area Manager and Central Queensland Area Manager for Hastings Deering during the past five years with area responsibilities including Mackay, Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone business units. He currently resides over operational responsibility for parts, services and sales (1100 staff) encompassing employee safety, financial performance, and business execution. He has extensive experience in safe work culture development, industrial relations and continuous improvement.