Committee

Kelli How

Committee's Chair


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2017

Kelli has over 15 years’ experience working with a variety of stakeholders including lawyers, landholders, joint venture partners, industry bodies and various government departments and regulators. She is a passionate advocate of providing opportunities for the development and mentoring of more junior female staff to create greater opportunities for gender diverse successors in leadership roles.

Caroline Morrissey

Committee’s Queensland Resource Council Representative


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2005

Caroline has a background in journalism, having worked on newspapers and ABC and commercial radio in Broken Hill, Perth and Brisbane, as well as a number of government relations positions, including the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy. She began work for the Queensland Resources Council in 2001 and is currently Manager of Business Development and Diversity.

Emelia Chalker

Committee’s Marketing and Communications Manager


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2018

Emelia is a passionate, talented, and versatile marketing and communications specialist armed with over 15 years’ industry experience within the resource sector. Emelia is results-driven, with the proven ability to ensure that brand messages, standards and communications are both well-understood and effectively implemented. She specialises in all internal and external communications, working closely with stakeholders to implement key marketing strategies to propel the sales strategy and create top of mind brand awareness for the company.

Amanda Cooper

Committee’s Secretariat


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2020

Amanda Cooper has worked in the mining industry for 18 years, holding the role of Executive Assistant to Asset President, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance for the majority of this time, but also working on projects such as 1SAP implementation as a Business Lead and other temporary projects as the business dictates. A strong advocate for equality for all and the BHP culture of embracing openness, trust, teamwork, diversity and relationships that are mutually beneficial, and supporting the Mental Wellness efforts both professionally and within society as a whole. An active member of the BHP Coal Inclusion and Diversity Council, the BHP Coal Mental Wellness Committee and the Coal COVID EMT, supporting the BMA Asset President and leadership team as we all help reinvent the new normal.

Juleen Brown


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2007

Juleen is an environmental project manager and mining engineer with over 18 years’ experience. Experience includes managing large Environmental Impact Assessments, on-site environmental management, provision of strategic approvals advice, preparation of approval documentation, environmental support and advice for large multidisciplinary feasibility studies, and coordination of technical teams undertaking complex environmental studies. Industry experience includes mining projects, CSG projects, power stations, pipelines and transmission lines, throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and South America.

Holstein Wong


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2015

Holstein is an Energy and Mining Account Manager at RedEye Apps, delivering cloud and mobility solutions for managing engineering drawings and data. Using her experiences as a site-based process engineer and commercial analyst at BHP, she is passionate about understanding her stakeholders' needs and the evolving nature of Australia’s energy sector. Holstein won the QLD Exceptional Young Woman in Resources Award in 2018 and was recognised as a Finalist for the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources National Award.

Jennifer Purdie


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2015

Jenny is an experienced executive with a track record of success in technical, leadership and senior corporate roles within the resources, energy and renewables sectors. She currently serves on the board of ASX listed Neometals and as the Executive General Manager of Jemena’s Gas Distribution business. Jenny is a passionate advocate for change in the energy sector, and believes that Australia’s future energy mix should be diverse, creating a long-term sustainable mix that works for all Australians. Her leadership is built on the conviction that engaged employees and inclusive teams working in a safe environment are critical drivers of business success. Jenny was recognised as both the QLD Exceptional Woman in Resources Award and the Exceptional Woman in Resources National Award in 2019.

Kristy Purdon


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2015

Kristy has over 15 years of experience across the Bowen basin mining area, working in UG, asset management and open cut sites. With roles ranging from production and maintenance planning, coordinator and secondments in Superintendent and continuous improvement roles. She organises various networking events across Moranbah, Dysart and Blackwater and in the last 2 years the WIMARQ/QRC IWD Regional Breakfast. Kristy is very passionate about providing a positive, inclusive environment to network and connect with people and opportunities as well as supporting the local community and businesses through exposure.

Maria Joyce


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2016

Maria is the Head of Business Planning for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and is responsible for the delivery of all asset-based directional plans to shape the long term direction of the business. Maria has more than 16 years’ experience in leadership, operational, technical and business improvement roles across the mining industry. Prior to joining BMA, she previously held the General Manager role at mining consultancy, MEC Mining, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and long term growth of the business. Maria is a passionate women in STEM advocate and is the current Women in Mining & Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Committee Chair having held this position for nearly 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), is an AUSIMM Chartered Professional, Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ) and a Competent Person for various open pit deposits.

Monan Zhang


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2017

Monan is a Grid Connection Manager at Goldwind Australia, responsible for managing technical, commercial and legal aspects of large-scale wind farm connections from early stage development to energisation. She has previously worked at engineering consultancy firm APD Engineering, BHP’s Maintenance Centre of Excellence and government-owned electricity transmission system operator Powerlink Queensland, specialising in the areas of project management, electrical network planning, engineering design, and network operations. Monan is passionate about encouraging and supporting women from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in the energy and resources sector.

Grace Maswaya - Mapiye


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2018

Grace is an experienced and driven assurance and compliance officer with a proven record of developing and implementation of processes and systems that facilitate compliance with regulatory obligations. Grace has 13 years’ experience in compliance related roles in both local government and private sector. She has a passion for the development of women and girls and supports platforms that facilitate empowerment and development of the girl child. She is a board member of a non-profit organisation, Precious Stones Women and Girls Ministry. Grace believes that inside every woman and girl lies a Precious Stone, and her passion is to work with women from different socio-economic backgrounds to help see this value released and unveiled. To this effect, Grace has been involved in the Glencore Girls for Mining program where she has contributed as a mentor. Grace is also the president of the African Association North West Queensland where she is involved in community programs and events.

Rob Jackson


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2020

Rob is an experienced executive with 25 years spanning multiple commodities and countries in the mining and metals industry. He is currently Vice President Supply for South32, accountable category management, purchasing, inventory and warehouse management across three continents. Rob is recognised amongst peers as a progressive leader and is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity. His dedication to workplace diversity saw him named the Queensland Resource Council’s Gender Diversity Champion for 2019 with the Cannington operation also awarded the Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance under his leadership. Rob is currently a director on the Queensland Resource Council.

Jackie Gregory


Joined the WIMARQ Committee in 2020

Jackie is an engaging leader with proven results in her 16 years of operational and functional roles in the resource industry. She is currently the Fixed Plant Maintenance Superintendent at South32’s Cannington Mine and believes the key to achieving great results is through empowering a diverse and inclusive workforce. She has been chair of Cannington’s Inclusive Culture Working Group for over 3 years, which was honoured with the 2019 QRC’s excellence in diversity program and performance award. This year Jackie is expanding her influence by taking on the lead of the north west chapter of the WIMARQ committee and hopes to make further gains to support diversity and inclusion in the broader resource industry.