As a key member of the leadership team at BHP’s Olympic Dam mine, which is in the top 20 copper producers worldwide, Amanda Weir will commence the Executive Leadership in Major Projects program later this year.
Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre, Professor Suresh Cuganesan, congratulated Ms Weir and said the Leaders in Projects Scholarship was designed to develop the leadership skills needed for project success.
“With billions of dollars committed to major projects across Australia, it is imperative that there is diversity among project leaders,” said Professor Cuganesan.
“Only then will we ensure the right outcomes are achieved for our next generation communities. The calibre of female leaders shortlisted for this scholarship has been impressive and we are delighted to welcome Ms Weir to our award-winning Executive Leadership in Major Projects program.”
With over ten years’ experience in major project leadership, Ms Weir has worked on mining projects across Western Australia, Queensland and Canada, having spent her early career working as a miner underground.
“From the first time I drove into Mt Isa in 1997 and saw the industrial complex of mines and processing facilities rise out of the Australian outback, I was inspired by the economic and social impact major projects and operations have on surrounding communities,” said Ms Weir.
“I’m determined to play a leading role in growing large scale mining complexes and fostering the development of our next generation of engineers and scientists from school through university and into the workforce.”
As part of the judging panel, Alison Mirams, Chief Executive Officer of Roberts Pizzarotti Pty Ltd, was impressed by Ms Weir’s outstanding experience and desire to be a mentor to others.
“Leaders of projects need to be highly effective in how they deal with stakeholders and teams,” said Ms Mirams.
“Leaders like Amanda who intuitively know the value of building teams will be valued by organisations in the future who rely heavily on robust relationships for successful outcomes.”
Ms Weir will commence the ELMP program in August as part of a small cohort of senior leaders.
“It is a tremendous honour to have been awarded the scholarship," said Ms Weir. "The John Grill Centre’s ELMP program will allow me to bridge the gap between my existing skill set, and the skills needed to lead major projects in an ever more complex and connected world.
“I am excited to learn alongside both public and private sector project people. No other program in Australia offers this opportunity and I hope to not only broaden my networks, but be introduced to innovative ways of thinking in projects that other people are working through.”
The newly named Diversity of leaders in major projects scholarship is open to those who identify as someone from a minority group. This refers to a person who experiences relative disadvantage compared to members of a dominant group. Minority group membership is typically based on differences in characteristics or practices, such as gender.