Cooloongup trailblazer a Women in Resources Awards finalist

Cooloongup trailblazer a Women in Resources Awards finalist

COOLOONGUP resident April Scott is a finalist in the Women in Resources Awards.

She is one of 10 trailblazing women from WA’s resource sector to be recognised.

The Fortescue Metals Group Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) mine control superintendent is a contender in the Outstanding Young Woman in Resources category.

Ms Scott began her career in mining only seven years ago, driving dump trucks before taking a role with Caterpillar as an AHS controller, based at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub.

Her success working with the Solomon team resulted in Ms Scott progressing through a non-traditional career pathway to secure a role as a mine controller, AHS builder, supervisor, coordinator and then superintendent.

After being an AHS controller for four years, April saw the rollout of autonomy at Christmas Creek as an exciting opportunity. Christmas Creek entailed a huge body of work, training the existing control team to use both Minestar Fleet and Minestar Command.

Ms Scott developed and initiated training the new control team, along with delivering information sessions for the use of Minestar to mining personnel.

Most recently Ms Scott returned to Solomon as a mine control coordinator and was soon promoted to mine control superintendent looking after a technical team of 65 consisting of coordinators, supervisors, controllers, builders and in-field builders.

As a leader within the control room, Ms Scott coaches individuals through the adoption of technology.

With 75 per cent of her leadership team and 50 per cent of the control team being women, Ms Scott is an active champion for women in the sector.

The Women in Resources Awards recognise exceptional women working in the sector.

Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia chief executive Paul Everingham said this year’s finalists were selected from more than 70 nominations.

“The high standard of entries in this year’s awards has resulted in an extremely competitive awards process,” he said.

“All finalists are leaders in their field who champion the achievements of women and work to improve the participation of women in the workforce.”