Jo Barron-Perry (nee Barron)


Jo is an experienced mining engineer with a career spanning 25 years in operational roles in Western Australia (WA) and South Australia (SA). Her experience within the resources industry includes base metals, gold, iron ore, nickel, copper, quarrying and regulatory compliance.

Jo began engineering studies at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Federation University) in 1987 as one of four women out of approximately 80 students. At the time that was the biggest intake of women ever into the university engineering course. In 1989, Jo was one of the first female vacation students to work underground for the full shift at Mt Isa Mines in Queensland.

Jo relocated to WA in 1990 where she worked as an Underground Technical Assistant at Bounty Gold underground operations with Aztec Mining.

From 1992 to 1996, while studying at the WA School of Mines (Curtin University) in Kalgoorlie, Jo worked as a Survey Assistant at the Kanowna Belle Tails Dam Project; a Pit Technician in Southern Cross for Troy Resources; a Geotechnician/Assistant Engineer at the Mt Keith Nickel operations with Western Mining Corporation; and a Drill and Blast Engineer at the Super Pit with Roche Bros.

In 1996, Jo completed her Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering) at the WA School of Mines and received her WA Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competency.

After graduating, Jo worked as a Mining and Drill and Blast Engineer with Centaur Mining and Exploration at the Ora Banda and Mt Pleasant Gold operations; a Project Engineer with BGC Contracting at the St Ives Gold Operations in Kambalda; and an Open Pit Engineer with Sons of Gwalia at the Butterfly/Wonder Satellite operations in Leonora.

From 2000 to 2005, Jo completed her class studies in the Master of Engineering Science (Mine Planning and Design) and later received a PGradCert (EngSc) in 2008.

In 2006, Jo commenced work as a Drill and Blast Engineer with Rio Tinto at the Greater Paraburdoo Iron Ore Operations.  It was here where Jo could apply her extensive knowledge of the development of open pits, as she found her niche for operations readiness.

Jo took a position at BHP Olympic Dam operations in Roxby Downs, SA in 2012 and in 2016, 30 years after commencing her career in engineering, Jo accepted a role within the Victorian Government as Senior Inspector of Mines with Earth Resources Regulation of the Dept of Economic Developmental and Jobs, Transport and Resources in Ballarat, Victoria.

Jo is acknowledged as a national leader in gender diversity and inclusivity within the Australian minerals industry. Jo received the South Australian Women in Resources awards as Exceptional Woman and Gender Diversity Champion in 2015 and has been a finalist three times at the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA).

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has awarded Jo the 2017-2018 AICD Full Scholarship.

Jo is a long-term member of the AusIMM since joining as a student in Ballarat. She received her 20-year membership certificate in 2016. She was the National Deputy Chair of the AusIMM WIMnet Committee from 2012 to 2014 and a member of the AusIMM WIMnet Victoria committee in 2017. As of 2018 she is a committee member of both the AusIMM Community and Environment Society and the AusIMM Health and Safety Society.

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