Five out of Bell Bay Aluminium's six finalists in the Tasmanian Women in Resources awards have received awards in today's St Helens ceremony hosted by the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with WIMnet Tasmania (AusIMM).
Crew Leader Jenny Jones won the ultimate gong—Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources—with Community Relations Specialist Lou Clark receiving the runner up Highly Commended in the same category. Learning and Development Officer Kelly Down won the Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician with Process Maintainer Andrea Brown receiving Highly Commended. Process Maintainer Belinda Freeman was a finalist in the same category. Process Engineer Aileen Chuo collected the Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmania award.
Jenny Jones said: "I was not expecting this win at all. Bell Bay Aluminium has given me every opportunity to advance my career and support me as a Crew Leader. It can be a tough gig but I've been given the guidance and training I needed to advance my career. I extend my thanks to my work colleagues as their support and advice to my success in my role is invaluable."
Born and bred in George Town, Jenny finished school in Grade 10 to pursue her passion in working with horses in Hobart. Wanting to develop her skills, Jenny returned home and saw a job advertisement in 2008 calling for Process Operator roles at Bell Bay Aluminium. Over the years she has progressed her career to become Crew Leader.
"I am proud of the things I have achieved and the positive impact I have had on my team. The opportunity to lead and develop people has been something that has given me great personal fulfilment in my time at Bell Bay Aluminium," Jenny said.
General Manager, Ray Mostogl, Bell Bay Aluminium congratulated all six of Bell Bay Aluminium's outstanding women on their achievements.
"The award reflects the commitment and leadership they all show in their roles at Bell Bay Aluminium. All six women have made an exceptional achievement today and all six reflect the strength of the entire team at Bell Bay Aluminium," Ray said.
Bell Bay Aluminium wishes to congratulate Shift Electrician Tarrisha Simpson from South32 who received a Highly Commended in the Tradeswoman category and Geochemist Ariel Pascoe from Grange Resources who received a Highly Commended in the Exceptional Young Woman category.