Queensland Mining Awards

Judging Panel Announced


The Queensland Mining Awards, celebrating their eighth year, are known for the in-depth expertise of the judging panel. The 2022 Awards are now open for entries, with the judging panel announced today.

Every entry in the Queensland Mining Awards comes under the scrutiny of peer judges. Entries covering all aspects of the resources sector are expected to showcase once more the depth of innovation and productivity of Queensland businesses.

QMA’s five judges for 2022 are:

  • Darren Oliver, Group Manager Procurement, Glencore
  • Dan Reynolds, Head of Transformation, Anglo American
  • Andrew Wilson, Head of Digital Teams, BHP
  • Dr Sharna Glover, Chief Executive Officer, Imvelo
  • Jason Economidis, Chief Operating Officer, South32


Jodie Currie, Bowen Basin Mining Club Director, emphasises that QMA entries gain more than industry accolades. All entries are reviewed by each judge, providing entrants with valuable exposure to some of Queensland’s major producers and entrepreneurs. The panel are committed leaders and distinguished experts in their fields, so their differing perspectives are highly regarded.

“The Awards process is a great way to get your business’s achievements in front of industry leaders – where else would you be able to directly tell executives exactly why and how your innovation or project has been a game-changer?” said Ms Currie.

Recognising contractor and producer innovation through the Awards is also invaluable to building Queensland’s reputation as a global leader in resource production.

“With the coal industry under increasing scrutiny world-wide, it’s never been more important to display the breakthroughs in productivity, safety and environmental stewardship that Queensland’s mining businesses produce every day,” commented Ms Currie.

Jason Economidis, COO, South32, has joined the QMA’s 2022 judging panel for the first time. He is certainly no newcomer to the mining industry in Queensland and NSW though, with more than 25 years of senior positions with major producers, as well as contractors and suppliers, under his belt.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the four returning members of the judging panel. We all bring different experiences and backgrounds, so entrants can expect well-rounded scrutiny. It is a real privilege to have a ‘front row seat’ to reviewing and highlighting the innovative work from across our industry over the last two years. I am proud of how the sector has stepped up during what has been a challenging time, and this is a great opportunity to showcase the work of the industry,” said Mr Economidis.

Online entries for the Awards are open until Friday 29 April. To see the questions and find out more, start your entry at www.judgify.me/QMA2022. The Gala Presentation Dinner is planned for Wednesday 20 July 2022 during QME. Tickets will go on sale next month.

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