Kate Sommerville

Mine Manager
BHP Billiton
Category Nomination Women In Resources Champion

Over an 18-year career in the resource sector, Kate has risen through the ranks to become BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s first female mine manager. Kate works at the Mining Area C Joint Venture, about 100km north-west of Newman. With 1400 employees and contractors, the site produced just under 40 million tonnes of iron ore last year.

The award recognises Kate’s long-standing contribution towards the recruitment and retention of women, in an industry where less than 20 per cent of the workforce is female. She is a board member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and plays an active role in AusIMM’s Women in Mining Network.

Kate’s vision is ‘that the Western Australian resources industry is admired for its people and leadership, where all participants are treated fairly and equally.” As a result of her vision she is actively helping the industry position itself as an employer of choice for women.