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Introducing Women in Mining (WIM UK)


Founded in 2006 and now over 600  members strong, WIM UK’s objective is to promote and progress women’s professional development in the mining and minerals sector.

This is achieved in a number of ways including: professional networking at hosted events; sharing of knowledge and discussions at seminars; and the regular newsletter.  Members are kept up to date of forthcoming activities with the calendar of WIM UK and broader industry events to make sure members keep a close eye on industry happenings.

The organisation enables members from across the extractive industries, whether direct or as advisers, to meet and share their knowledge base, discovering new insights from every location, stage and aspect of the industry.  Aside from the workshop hosted by WIM UK’s sponsor Anglo American on the theme of partnerships, recent seminars have included: the opportunities offered to mining companies by the London Stock Exchange; use and protection of water in mining; the role of World Gold Council in stimulating gold demand; and the new Bribery Act in the U.K. 

WIM UK also aims to be a voice for women in the mining sector, informing industry participants and decision-makers of the challenges and opportunities women are finding in pursuing careers in mining companies or other mining-related businesses, and to promote the mining sector as a career choice to women in all associated professions and at all stages in their career. Membership of WIM UK is free and open to all women in professions related to the mining industry; the majority of members are based in the U.K. or continental Europe.  Interested parties can learn more and contact the WIM team at www.womeninmining.org.uk or by emailing info@womeninmining.org.uk.

On September 28th WIM UK will host a breakfast seminar entitled “Navigating potential political and security risks within Africa’s mining sector”: From increasing precious and base metals exploration to the announcement of major production projects, Africa mining opportunities are on the rise. To fully exploit these opportunities, companies will need a comprehensive approach to handling some of the political, operational and security challenges that exist across its various countries. In this WIM Breakfast Seminar, Control Risks – an independent, specialist risk consultancy – will discuss the key issues that will impact mining companies operating in or moving into Africa. They will also provide invaluable insights on political and security risks within the mining sector, based on practical examples and case studies.

In October WIM UK will host an informal drinks event at which members can meet and network with their peers.  Janet Bewsey from Jobs4Mining and Sarah Collier from the Athena Group, will give an overview on the importance of networking as a career skill, and a 7 step strategy for successful business networking.

In November 2011, WIM will host its third annual Education Event, which aims to inform students about the incredible diversity of career options in the mining and minerals sector, provide access to role models in a variety of mining-related professions among WIM UK members and share insight into industry trends and patterns to facilitate career decisions.

During the Mines&Money London conference, in December 2011, WIM will have a stand in the exhibition and will host the second annual WIM Champagne Reception, showcasing the organisation and its members to a number of senior industry participants and celebrating the progress of WIM UK in 2011.

WIM UK’s full calendar of  events and seminars for 2012, can be found at

www.womeninmining.org.uk. An up to date listing of WIM UK events (subject to change) may also be found on page 55

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