MEC Mining appoints new East Coast Australia GM  

Experienced resources leader Caoilin Chestnutt has been appointed as General Manager of MEC Mining’s Australian East Coast operations.

Ms Chestnutt studied Earth Sciences at the world-renowned Trinity College, Dublin, and in the next 25 years gained experience across multiple commodities throughout the world.

Mr Catania, MEC Mining CEO, said Ms Chestnutt would be an asset to MEC Mining’s expanding business, which now has offices in Brisbane, Perth and a global presence in Europe, Africa and South-East Asia.

“MEC Mining is growing rapidly as demand for our technical and advisory services increase, and Caoilin’s expertise will lead our expanding East Coast Australia teams with a steady hand. We’re excited to welcome her.”

Caoilin has held leadership roles across Xstrata (now Glencore), Anglo American, BHP and Arrow Energy in both technical and commercial disciplines. She was the Resources Investment Commissioner for the Queensland Government and most recently, was head of Business Development at BHP.

She has been a finalist in the Women in Industry Awards twice and was the winner of the QRC/WIMARQ Exceptional Woman in Exploration Award.

Caoilin said “MEC Mining is a world-class consultancy with highly skilled team members who were raising the bar with the level of quality services offered to the mining industry. I am looking forward to strengthening MECs status of preferred partner to our clients,  proactively identifying the gaps to close and delivering the best possible outcomes to achieve benchmark performance for our customers”

Caoilin brings with her a wealth of experience working across multiple key commodities in strategy, due diligence, capital raising, resource exploration and development and Mergers & Acquisitions, strengthening our Advisory team.


Being a resilient leader in the wake of COVID-19

Written by MEC Mining’s Technical Services Manager, Erin Sweeney

The human brain is an amazing thing, it is the central control of our bodies keeping us alive. It stores our memories and uses them helps us navigate and assign meaning to the complex world of interacting with other humans, things and events by linking emotions to the myriad of data coming in from our sensors all in an effort to keep us safe and alive. If we leave this process on auto-control our lives can quickly get overwhelming when we face times that are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

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Scaffolding the ‘new normal’; how to support virtual teams

What seemed like a radical change to our way of working only a few months ago has very quickly become familiar. Social distancing means more people working from home, fewer opportunities for ad hoc team engagement and more chances to feel disengaged from workmates.

It’s important to recognise the impact of this change, not only on your team but yourself as their leader – to ensure everyone is supported to work safely and efficiently.

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Become a Better Leader in 5 Steps

Have you ever doubted your leadership skills, or thought maybe perhaps because you haven’t studied business management you wouldn’t be very good at it? The truth is, we all have the ability to become a leader as incredible as Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore. Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximise efficiency and to achieve organisational goals. Leadership is the potential to influence behaviour of others. It is also defined as the capacity to influence a group towards the realisation of a goal. Leaders are required to develop future visions, and to motivate the organisational members to want to achieve the visions. According to Keith Davis, “Leadership is the ability to persuade others to seek defined objectives enthusiastically. It is the human factor which binds a group together and motivates it towards goals.”

Here are five easy to follow step to focus on, in order to lead your team more effectively:

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Experts explore leadership in mining at MEC networking event

Lead by example; talk to people in a language they understand; be clear and confident in your message and your expectations. These were some of the pieces of advice given to mining engineers at MEC Mining’s recent industry networking event on 22 March. Over 50 people were present for the evening at Brisbane’s Alchemy Restaurant and Bar to exchange ideas on creating highly functional teams and balancing work performance with a healthy company culture.

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Mining experts shed light on the transition to leadership at MEC and WIMARQ networking breakfast

What does it take to move into a leadership role, and how can you lead well once you’re there?

MEC Mining’s event with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) delivered fascinating insights from a panel of mining professionals to an audience of technical experts – mostly women – on 15 February.

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MEC event: mining experts discuss the transition to leadership – and how to lead well once you’re there

MEC Mining’s booked-out event, ‘Making the transition from technical expert to leader’, was attended by more than 50 mining engineers on 19 October.

Held at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar on the banks of the Brisbane River, this relaxed forum gave rise to thought-provoking discussions on the nature of leadership and its inherent challenges.

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Leadership is not about being in charge: how to motivate your team

“A good leader doesn’t only inspire us to have confidence in what they can do,” organisational guru Simon Sinek tells us. “A great leader inspires us to have confidence in what we can do.”

If we think of great leaders throughout history, one thing they have in common is that they managed to unite and galvanise people in order to achieve change.

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MEC’s Maria Joyce discusses change leadership at Women in Engineering Leadership Summit

Maria Joyce, General Manager – Strategy and Business Development at MEC Mining, will give the opening keynote case study at the 7th Women in Engineering Leadership Summit, presented by Liquid Learning. The theme for this year’s summit, held at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel from 28 May to 1 June 2018, is ‘Engineer Your Success’.

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