Women in Industry Awards heads to Sydney in 2024

Supporting outstanding women who drive change and break down barriers is the background for the Women in Industry Awards.

Supporting outstanding women who drive change and break down barriers is the background for the Women in Industry Awards. It will be heading to Sydney in 2024.

The Women in Industry Awards recognise and reward the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, process control industries and commercial road transport industries. It aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.

Nominations are already open for the 2024 Women in Industry Awards. It will take place in Sydney on Thursday, 20 June.

2023 Awards review

2023 saw a record 160 nominations across 10 categories, which was a 95 per cent increase on 2022’s awards. The gala dinner sold out for the first time in its history, recording a 55 per cent attendance increase compared to 2022. Thirty-two individual media mastheads carried marketing about the Women in Industry Awards.

The judging panel had a tough time getting to a finalist shortlist and deciding the winners. In front of their peers across the country, ten category winners and the Woman of the Year were announced.

Australian Mining, PACE, Manufacturers’ Monthly, MHD Supply Chain Solutions, Prime Mover, Inside Construction, Waste Management Review, Inside Water, Rail Express, Roads & Infrastructure Australia, Energy Today, Quarry and Australian Bulk Handling Review are partnered to acknowledge the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.

Full list of 2023 winners:

  • Stefanie Frawley (TMX Global) – Business Development Success of the Year
  • Trudy Grimshaw (Department of Finance, Western Australia) – Excellence in Construction
  • Elsa Antunes (James Cook University) – Excellence in Engineering
  • Kristi Riordan (Harvest B) – Excellence in Manufacturing
  • Ashara Moore (BHP) – Excellence in Mining
  • Coralie Chapman (Humes Concrete Products) – Excellence in Transport
  • Jemma Walshe (Fulton Hogan) – Industry Advocacy Award
  • Teagan Dowler (The BCW) – Mentor of the Year
  • Sophia Kurianski (Jinolo) – Rising Star of the Year
  • Giselle Phillips (Fredon QLD) – Safety Advocacy Award and Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year ready to excel

Giselle Phillips from Fredon Queensland took out both the Woman of the Year (sponsored by Fulton Hogan) and the Safety Advocacy Award (sponsored by Komatsu) in 2023. The latter seeks to recognise an individual working actively to improve safety for their industry.

Phillips is an HSEQ Advisor for Fredon’s Queensland office. She described herself as a dynamic driver of positive change, making a difference by being a positive and supportive influence, sharing and imparting information or implementing change. She’s been in the role for more than two years, supporting various projects throughout the state.

Phillips was thrilled to have won both the coveted Woman of the Year and Safety Advocacy Awards.

“This acknowledges the dedication and passion I’ve put into my work as a safety professional,” Phillips said. “In my role at Fredon, I have taken almost every woman on their journey. I’ve advocated for them. I have put them up for submissions. I’ve interviewed them. I have listened to them, and we are all in the same boat. We are not in competition with each other. We need to advocate and help each other get where we need to be.”

Sponsors already on board

Women in Industry is pleased to announce that Fulton Hogan has renewed its sponsorship for the 2024 edition.

“Fulton Hogan is proud to sponsor the Women in Industry – Women of the Year award for another year in 2024,” said Fulton Hogan CEO Graeme Johnson. “This sponsorship demonstrates our commitment to supporting and driving change within predominantly male industries, doing what we can to make heavy industry more attractive and accessible for women to join and stay.

“Fulton Hogan recognises that diversity is not only essential for us to change, adapt and grow, but it also good for business and results in happier workplaces with a better culture leading to better retention of our people.”

Prime Creative Media and the Women in Industry Awards team are excited to have Fulton Hogan on board.

On a similar note, PACCAR Australia will be supporting the Excellence in Manufacturing Award. PACCAR has a long and proud history of supporting women in all areas of its global businesses.

“We recognise programs such as Women in Industry Awards help promote women more broadly,” said Michael Long, Director Sales and Marketing, PACCAR Australia. “Being part of the awards helps us further our goal of celebrating and championing inclusion and diversity in the workplace.”

SEW-DRIVE is a proud sponsor of the Excellence in Engineering Award. As a manufacturer of heavy industrial parts, they are thrilled to be supporting the Women in Industry Awards.

“Knowing how vital gender diversity is in our manufacturing industry drives us to work together to recognise women’s work and support them in fulfilling their goals,” said Laura Arias – Senior HR Business Partner. “Once again, we have the pleasure of sponsoring the Women in Industry in 2024.”

Atlas Copco is sponsoring the Rising Star of the Year award. This award recognises an individual who has shown significant promise within their chosen industry or who has reached new goals at the start of their career.

“The awards are an opportunity to recognise the contribution of women in industry and their amazing examples for the next generations,” said Fiona Halliday, HR Business Partner at Atlas Copco. “Atlas Copco sponsors the awards to show our commitment to females in non-traditional industries and how we can find a better way towards equal representation. We love taking our team to the celebration and showing them the example that is set by all of these amazing women.”

How to get involved

Nominations and sponsorship opportunities are now open. If your business wants to nominate a leader in their field or sponsor the Women in Industry Awards 2024 (or even both), you can head to the Women in Industry website.

For more information, visit https://womeninindustry.com.au/

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