Sue was the first woman to undertake the mining geology degree at the University of London’s Royal School of Mines, graduating with an honours degree. She then worked in Zambia for four years, where she was the first woman to be given permission to work underground.
Sue has more than 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry, specialising in exploration management and resource and reserve estimation. Her professional expertise covers a wide range of industrial minerals, with specialist knowledge of bauxite and kaolin, as well as other commodities. She also discovered and developed Staurolite Ridge, a large garnet deposit which has since been mined.
In 1998 Sue founded the geological consultancy Geos Mining, based in Sydney, which has grown into a respected consultancy employing and training young geologists and experienced professionals, with a peak employment of more than 50 staff.
Sue has played an active role within the AusIMM as a founding member of the AusIMM WIMnet committee, and member of the AusIMM’s Sydney Branch committee and Membership committee. She also played an active role in promoting JORC education and compliance.
Sue is a Fellow of the AusIMM and AIG. Her contribution as a gender diversity champion and role model was recognised in the first edition of WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.