DIVERSITY Smit Lamnalco managing director Tony Cousins holds the AWRA Award with north operations manager Nikki Carter (left) and HR advisor Adele Cunningham
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scoop diversity award For the first time in the history of its industry awards, AMMA has dual winners of the 2015 Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) Award – recognising organisational achievements in gender equality. Here, Resource People explores the individual successes of Smit Lamnalco and Santos that, while different in focus, will go a long way toward changing the face of the oil and gas sector.
SMIT LAMNALCO is on a mission to demystify the gender diversity challenge in the heavily male-dominated oil and gas support sector by telling its own story of success. In 2008 the towage and marine services provider, then called PB Towage, was undergoing significant growth but only had one female manager on its books – its national employee relations manager Emma Fensom (now Newcastle Port manager). Today, Fensom sits on a senior management team that comprises about 40 per cent women, including North Queensland operations manager Nikki
Carter, who joined the company in 2012, also in an employee relations role. The growth in female managers at Smit Lamnalco didn’t happen by accident. Rather, it came from the company’s leadership identifying workforce diversity as a strategic business priority and implementing a range of initiatives including flexible working arrangements. Speaking to Resource People following the company’s AWRA Award win, Carter (pictured above left) – a qualified master with substantial experience in the offshore oil and gas maritime sector – says working with an organisation that values gender
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diversity has been a ‘different experience’. “It is rewarding to work with such a collaborative group of people and I think a big part of that dynamic is the breadth and diversity of approach to all challenges provided by a gender balanced team,” she says. “Our managing director Tony Cousins regularly and publicly makes clear that he values the entire team, and that he is supportive and proud of our achievements in this area. “We have found with the right people, increased participation of women almost always delivers positive benefits to a work