Women in Leadership Series Part 2

Women in Leadership Series Part 2

May 19

For registration details please contact Karlena James on 02 9779 9746.


Dr Eileen Doyle, Chairman, Hunter Valley Research Foundation
Denise Goldsworthy, Managing Director, Dampier Salt Ltd, Managing Director, HIsmelt
Dr Marianne Foley, Sydney Office Leader, Arup


 Public event
 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW

 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)



Members, log in for event audio and presentations.
If you are not a member, see why you should become a CEDA member .


Engineering, mining and resources, science, transport, fuels and energy are sectors which some consider 'traditionally male sectors' in Australia. While internationally many women have taken leadership roles in these 'traditionally male sectors', Australia still lags behind. Why is this?

In our second session of the Women in Leadership series, CEDA will examine how women can and indeed do migrate into diverse sectors.

What measures can break down boundaries and reduce or remove the perceived gender divide? Will diverse experience, professional qualifications and the application of merit and diversity principles open doors to women in leadership in these sectors?

Our speakers will refer to their own experience and the strategies employed in their sectors to increase the number of women in leadership.

We are delighted to welcome to the CEDA platform Dr Eileen Doyle, Chairman, Hunter Valley Research Foundation, David Peever, Managing Director, Rio Tinto and Dr Marianne Foley, Sydney Office Leader, Arup.


Dr Eileen Doyle 
Hunter Valley Research Foundation 

Dr Eileen Doyle has had an exceptional career in large corporations that has spanned more than three decades. She had an executive career in the steel and building materials industries and she is now a professional company director. She has a Ph D in Mathematics and Statistics and started her career in a technical role in industry, but quickly moved to management. In 1993 she was Australia's first Fulbright Scholar in Business Management. She completed an International General Management Program at Columbia University in New York.

Denise Goldsworthy 
Managing Director, Dampier Salt Ltd 
Managing Director, HIsmelt 

Denise Goldsworthy was appointed Managing Director of Dampier Salt Limited in August 2008 and Managing Director of HIsmelt Corporation in January 2009.

As Managing Director of two of Rio Tinto's subsidiary companies, Dampier Salt Limited (DSL) and HIsmelt, Denise is responsible for more than 500 employees and a large global customer base.

Since Denise's appointment to DSL, the world's leading exporter of solar salt, record earnings of US$129 million was posted in 2009. In her role as MD of HIsmelt, she is responsible for the marketing of HIsmelt iron-making technology.

Denise attributes her success to her style of leading and motivating her management team. In 2009 she challenged them with a motivational campaign designed to get them thinking about ways to increase salt capacity. Denise's innovative Sustainable Health and Safety programme has also ensured significant improvement in all injury rates.

Denise has held a number of senior positions within Rio Tinto's minerals group including Vice President, Operations, Rio Tinto Minerals - Asia Pacific (2006-2008) accountable for operational performance delivery in the Group's solar salt, gypsum and talc businesses in Western Australia and Japan; and General Manager, Salt Operations (2003-2006) accountable for operations, engineering, HSE and human resources aspects of the salt business.

Before joining Rio Tinto Minerals, Denise spent five years in a series of senior roles with Rio Tinto's iron ore business, including marketing, strategic planning, operations and engineering management, and feasibility studies management.

Prior to Rio Tinto, Denise's earlier career included seventeen years with BHP Steel working in a number of areas including sinter plant, blast furnace and steelmaking at the Newcastle Steelworks.

Denise holds a Metallurgy degree (BMet Hons and University Medal) from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.

In December, Denise was named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. Denise was also awarded the Hudson Australian Private and Corporate Sector Award.

Dr Marianne Foley 
Sydney Office Leader 

Dr Marianne Foley is a Principal of Arup and a Fire Safety Engineer, specialising in the development of innovative performance-based solutions for fire safety. Marianne's project experience extends from sporting venues, to infrastructure, to commercial, retail and heritage buildings. Recent work includes her pioneering use of horizontal fire curtains to enable large open space atriums at the Stockland headquarters and One Shelley Street buildings in Sydney and her leadership of the fire design work for the National Aquatics Centre (the Water Cube) for the Beijing Olympics. In addition to her project commitments, Marianne also leads Arup's operations in Sydney, responsible for the culture of the office, leading business development and raising the profile of Arup in the Sydney market.





Registration Fees (Including GST)


CEDA Members and Guests

$154.00 per person
$1463.00 corporate table


$264.00 per person
$2640.00 corporate table

Click here for a hardcopy registration form


This page contains member only content

This page contains exclusive member only content. CEDA members can login to access this content. To enquire about the benefits of CEDA membership contact us.