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Queenslanders take national awards

Winners of the 2016 QRC/WIMARQ Resources Awards for Women have gone on to take out national awards.

Cecile Wake, Vice President Commercial Australia of Shell Australia received the coveted award of Exceptional Women in Australia Resources at a gala dinner in Adelaide.

The resources veteran said she was very humbled to take out the award especially with such a strong list of finalists.

“It’s a privilege to win this award and I would like to thank and recognise all women in the resource industry and I’ll continue to promote women in the industry,” Ms Wake said.

“The industry has always been in my DNA even as a child I would follow my father around mine sites and I was capitated early on by the size and scope of the industry.”

Ms Wake began her career at Clayton Utz in Brisbane where she spent seven years working on some of Queensland’s leading resources projects.

During this time Cecile also represented Australia at seven World Championships in the modern pentathlon. Although she achieved a top 20 world ranking in her sport, Cecile narrowly missed selection for the 2000 Sydney Olympic team.

QRC Chief Executive, Michael Roche congratulated Ms Wake on the award and the contribution she has made to the industry.

“I’d like to congratulate Cecile on winning this significant award, it’s her second recognition in this category after successfully taking out the Queensland Women in Resources award in March,” Mr Roche said.

“The WIRNA play a vital role in highlighting how people like Cecile empower workplaces and improve productivity in the resources sector.”

Headquartered in Queensland, rail and freight operator Aurizon was also recognised winning the award for Excellence in Company Programs and Performance.

Aurizon has set a new benchmark with its target of 30 percent female employees by 2019 and has already increased its female participation from 14 percent in June 2014, to 16.4 percent as at January 2016 following the setting of the new goal.

“Aurizon is Australia’s largest freight and rail operator and I applaud the company’s management and all of its employees in taking out this category,” Mr Roche said.

WIRNA is a partnership between SACOME, the Minerals Council of Australia (and its Victorian and NT branches) the New South Wales Minerals Council, Queensland Resources Council, Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia.

Full list of the results:
Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources: Jasmine Richards, Senior Environmental Advisor, OZ Minerals (South Australia)

OZ Minerals Gender Diversity Champion (male or female) in Australian Resources: Michael Schoch General Manager – Crux Project, Shell Australia Pty Ltd (Western Australia)

Excellence in Company Programs and Performance: Aurizon (Queensland)

Glencore Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician: Kelly Jane Down, Safety and Training Officer, Bell Bay Aluminium (Tasmania)

Exceptional woman in Australian Resources: Cecile Wake, Vice President Commercial, Shell Australia (Queensland)

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