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WOMEN IN MINING
of daring and adventure. What was
palpable during her speech was how
passionate she was about everything
that she has done. It is this passion that
has held her in such good stead through
the course of her career.
Stanley's current focus is a mineral
sands mine in Senegal, where she has
been charged to develop renewable
energy sources that will be mutually
bene cial to the community and the
mine itself. It was an absolute pleasure
to listen to Stanley speak of her career
journey, and it was exciting to learn that
it is still as dynamic as ever. If there
was one message that she left us with, it
was to seize your opportunities and take
risks... you just never know where it's
going to take you!
Julie Shuttleworth was next to
grace the Christmas in July stage.
Shuttleworth has a long list of
achievements spanning her 20-year
career. In 2014, she was recognised
by the Australian Financial Review
and Westpac as one of 100 women
of in uence. What was immediately
apparent about Shuttleworth was her
enthusiasm and authenticity.
Shuttleworth began her career as
a graduate metallurgist, and quickly
progressed to senior metallurgist, to
process manager. One of the most
memorable stories that she told was of
her experience in China. As a 24-year
old, she was charged with delivering
the mine's rst gold bars to the bank.
The bank, it seemed, only had scales
that weighed up to ve kilograms; the
bars, however, all weighed 15 kilograms.
Shuttleworth, through her ingenuity,
proceeded to spend the next few hours
hacksawing the bars into thirds. There
was no way that she was going back to
the mine site without money in hand!
The most awe-inspiring step in
Shuttleworth's career journey was
her time in Tanzania. Shuttleworth
was in charge of commissioning
the process plant. She oversaw the
project development from feasibility
study and detailed design, through to
construction and then to production.
An amazing achievement. What really
stood out when Shuttleworth was
telling us this story was her focus on
people, particularly the focus on the
local Tanzanian people. Shuttleworth
trained and mentored 300 locals,
most of whom had absolutely no
experience in mining, to become well-
trained members of the mine, and
integral to its success. There was an
overwhelming sense of humility from
Shuttleworth when she regaled us
with this story, and highlighted one
of the main themes of her speech --
be approachable and be authentic.
It doesn't matter who you are in the
organisation, always be willing to
be open and communicative. After
the commissioning of the plant, the
President of Tanzania congratulated
Shuttleworth on her success, and was
impressed that she was able to do it,
'despite being a young lady'!
Shuttleworth has been the General
Manager of four mines, and now heads
up Fortescue's Solomon Mine in Western
Australia. When asked, 'What's next?',
Shuttleworth commented that she was
happy where she was at the moment,
and was absolutely loving what she was
doing. And if you thought she couldn't be
more impressive, Shuttleworth nished
off her speech with a montage of her
travel photos -- she has been everywhere!
Shuttleworth is an impressive, go-getting
and down-to-earth woman who is a
valuable role model for the young women
in the mining industry.
It is safe to say that the women who
presented at the Christmas in July event
were of the highest calibre. WiRV was
honoured that they were willing to share
their valuable life and career experiences
with us. Their messages were simple -- be
adventurous, take risks and don't worry
that you might not have all the answers.
We are sure that all those who attended
were inspired by these incredible women.
WiRV could not have held this
fantastic event without the support
of its longstanding Christmas in
July sponsors, MMG. It cannot be
understated that without their support,
this event would not be possible. WiRV
would like to thank MMG for their
ongoing support, and deeply appreciates
their commitment to developing women
in the resources sector.
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