Jo-Anne Dudley graduated from UNSW as a mining engineer in 1994. She holds a NSW Below Ground Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency and a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management. Jo-Anne joined the AusIMM as a student whilst at university, having been impressed at the time with senior leaders in the industry generously sharing their experience and encouragement at AusIMM networking events. A Chartered Professional engineer, Jo was awarded Fellow membership grade in 2016. Jo-Anne was selected as the 2018 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources, recognising her work encouraging women into and supporting women in the resources industry.
Jo-Anne has worked in underground mines in QLD, NT and Tasmania as an underground contractor before spending almost ten years at Northparkes Block Caving operation working in both in operations and studies. In 2005 she joined the Rio Tinto central technical group as an internal consultant working on mines, projects and studies in South Africa and the USA.
Since 2010 Jo-Anne has worked for Rio Tinto on the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia, first on underground studies then moving into strategic planning. Over time Jo has written seven papers for national and international conferences and co-authored a paper in AusIMM Monograph 30. One of Jo-Anne’s career highlights was managing the design and deployment of a professional development program that was developed with Duke University Corporate education and delivered to over 400 senior technical professionals in Rio Tinto across all commodities. Keen to encourage more women into STEM careers and supporting them in their journey, she sits on the Rio Tinto sponsored UQ Women in Engineering Advisory board and is a volunteer mentor in the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland structured mentoring program.
Jo-Anne currently works a ‘reverse FIFO’ arrangement from Brisbane managing Strategic Mine & Resources Planning for the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia. Her portfolio includes Data, Compliance, GIS, Coreshed and logging, Geophysical team, exploration and Strategic Mine planning. Jo loves working with a diverse group of people stewarding planning and compliance for this ~100-year life asset.
Outside work Jo-Anne and her husband are celebrating 20 years of marriage this year, and they are parenting two teenaged daughters, one of whom has just started her own journey in engineering. She spends her weekends cheering at netball games and playing roadie for a keen busker.
Credit: Photographer – Judit Losh.