AusIMM and the Victoria State Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions have announced the winners of the 2021 Women on Boards Scholarship.
Three outstanding women with broad experience, Nerilee Rockman, Amy Lamb and Laura Spelbrink have been awarded the scholarship, which will see them go on to complete a new online AICD course as well as be profiled through AusIMM events and publications as potential board candidates.
Following on from the success of last years program, the scholarship series continues to recognise the expertise of technical women in the resources industry of Victoria and the need for more women and diversity, in resources sector boardrooms.
Spelbrink’s double degree in geology and political science and public policy and master of science in earth sciences from the University of Melbourne gave her a strong foundation on which to build her successful mining industry career over the last decade.
In her outstanding application, Spelbrink impressed the judges with her desire to inspire and encourage young women to pursue STEM pathways in school and further study, amplifying their experiences and achievements in science, innovation, leadership and the mining industry.
“I strongly believe that diverse leadership is what is required to enable our industry to innovate, adapt and move from strength to strength into the future. I am excited to be part of this evolution and to contribute to building a cleaner, safer and smarter industry,” Spelbrink said.
AusIMM chief executive officer Stephen Durkin said that the scholarship was an important program for the AusIMM in its commitment to diversity and inclusion but said it also serves as an important mechanism to promote the talent pipeline of board-ready women.
“Our industry has a talent pool of capable, female leaders who have the capacity to make a significant contribution to the boardroom if given the opportunity,” Durkin said.