Golden win for alumnus at Telstra awards

October 19, 2012

Murdoch University alumnus Julie Shuttleworth has won the 2012 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year award.

A graduate in Extractive Metallurgy in 1995, Ms Shuttleworth has 18 years of experience in the gold and copper mining industry and is currently General Manager of Barrick Gold Corporation’s Granny Smith Gold Mine near Laverton, WA, where she leads a team of 700 people.

The award recognises her career achievements as well as her commitment to ensuring and improving mine safety; for example, she recently led the development of an engineering innovation to reduce danger for mine workers changing tires on mobile equipment in confined underground spaces.

“A lot of my job involves the safety of workers, which is our number-one priority at the mine,” Ms Shuttleworth said.

“In terms of this award, it’s great to be recognised and hopefully inspire other people, and I think the Telstra awards do a wonderful job of highlighting the achievements of women across Australia.

“As a woman in the mining industry, you don’t want to be treated differently, but just want to get on with the job. Throughout my career I’ve been able to earn the respect of the people who I work with.”

Dr Danielle Meyrick, Deputy Dean of Murdoch’s School of Chemical and Mathematic Sciences, said Ms Shuttleworth’s win was a reflection of her hard work and determination.

“This is wonderful news for Julie, and we offer her our warmest congratulations. We are very proud to have her as a Murdoch University alumnus,” Dr Meyrick said.

“She is an example of where hard work and a Murdoch qualification in Chemistry and Extractive Metallurgy can lead. We think Julie's accomplishments are inspiring, and hope young women and men will follow her lead into a career in the sciences.”

Dr Meyrick noted students benefit from the Julie Shuttleworth Prize in Mineral Processing at Murdoch University, generously sponsored by its namesake.

With the win, Ms Shuttleworth is now in the running for the national Telstra Business Woman of the Year award to be announced in Sydney on November 21.

More information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards can be found here.

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