Elizabeth Gaines-Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG): Picture Credit FMG
Companies with multiple females on their boards deliver better profits, dividends and share returns, says new research which adds to a growing bank of data linking gender diversity to improved business performance. In this review as we continue celebrating Women’s month, we look at how one mining company has gotten it right in ensuring women take the leading challenge head on.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) was founded in 2003 and, since its inception has discovered and developed major iron ore deposits and constructed some of the most significant mines in the world. The Fortescue team is focused on achieving the Company’s vision to be the safest, lowest cost, most profitable mining Company.
For a start the board composition is interesting with 5 of the 9 board members being women. At the helm is Elizabeth Gaines who commenced as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018.A highly experienced business leader with a proven track record in financial and

Elizabeth Gaines: FMG CEO
operational leadership across several industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality. Deputizing Elizabeth is Julie Shuttleworth who commenced in January 2018, following four years as General Manager

Julie Shuttleworth: FMG Deputy CEO
Cloudbreak and later General Manager Solomon at Fortescue. She has over 24 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia, China and Tanzania, including 19 years in gold/copper working for Newcrest Mining, Sino Mining and Barrick Gold.
Linda O’Farrell is the Group Manager people having joined Fortescue in 2013 with an extensive career background in executive human resources roles in major Australian resource companies.

Linda O’Farrell.

Alison Terry, Group Manager Corporate Affairs/ Joint Company Secretary has experience in corporate affairs, legal, company secretarial and general management. She has previously held senior executive and Board roles in automotive, telecommunications and superannuation.

Alison Terry
Sharon Warburton is the Deputy Chair of the Board with extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure and construction sectors. She gained substantial operational, commercial and risk management experience in the global resources sector through her time as an executive at

Sharon Warburton
Rio Tinto. She has also previously held senior executive positions at Brookfield Multiplex, ALDAR Properties PJSC, Multiplex, and Citigroup.

Dr Jean Baderschneider Non-Executive Director, A highly regarded leader in both business and civil society, Dr Baderschneider brings 35 years of
extensive international experience in procurement, strategic sourcing and supply chain management along with a deep understanding of high-risk operations and locations and complex partnerships.
Penny Bingham-Hall, Non-Executive Director, brings significant operational skills and experience from executive roles including Head of Strategy at Leighton Holdings (now CIMIC) – Australia’s largest construction, – together with 20 years’ experience as a company director

Penny Bingham-Hall
Jennifer Morris OAM, Non-Executive Director, is a former Partner in the Consulting Division of Deloitte, specialized in complex large-scale business transformation programs and strategy development. She currently holds a senior position at the Minderoo Foundation as CEO

Jennifer Morris, General Manager. She is a Mining Engineer by background and have worked her way through several roles within the industry across Canada, the United States and Australia including being the Mining Manager at 2 major Pilbara iron ore mines. Strong

Jessica (Barber) Pringle
track record in the strategic and operational management of people. Experience incorporates the delivery of operational leadership development, performance management, recruitment, and employee relations.
Katie Day, General Manager of Hedland Operations. Katie has been part of the Fortescue family for nine years. Katie has a key strength in establishing and managing Health and Safety.

Katie Day
Maryane Kelly, General Manager-Cloudbreak Site. A Mining Operations General Manager focus on safety and people to achieve an environment of continuous improvement. She has 4 years with FMG as Port Manager, and General Manager Cloudbreak. Prior to this 15 year with Rio Tinto

Maryane Kelly
in various roles including, General Manger Argyle Diamonds, Manager Operations Pannawonica and numerous roles in Commercial roles including Business Planning, Analysis and Accounting. Alexa Morcombe, General Manager Ecuador and Colombia at Fortescue Metals Group. She has focus on Government and Community at Fortescue Metals Group and have led teams which delivered a strong social license to operate for the company. Achievements include delivering all

Alexa Morcombe
approvals for multibillion-dollar mining projects, while delivering industry leading programs to local Indigenous Communities resulting in over 1500 local Aboriginal People receiving training and employment, and over $US1.5 billion in contracts being awarded to Aboriginal Businesses.

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