Maryanne began work at Argyle Diamonds in April 2005, after a challenging role as Operations Manager in Pannawonica for two years, looking after the mine and town for Rio Tinto company Robe River.
Maryanne began her career at Argyle as Manager Production Mining before moving into the role of Principal Analyst – Transition to ensure the smooth changeover from an open pit to underground mining business.
In her new role as General Manager Production, Maryanne has responsibility for mining, processing and mobile maintenance within the surface operations.
Maryanne says the major challenges in her new role will be to maintain planned production, reduce costs and ensure that Rio Tinto’s safety standards are met every step of the way.
“The challenges at Argyle are exceptional, with starting an underground mine and closing an open pit, localising and maintaining our focus on indigenous employment. These are all exciting elements to be working with,” she said.
Maryanne is not new to facing challenges. She began studying as a single mother at 28, and as she put it, has had a rollercoaster of a ride. In 2005, she was one of the winners of the 40 Under 40 Business Awards, which celebrates the depth of talent in Western Australian businesses. With a Commerce Degree, a Master of Business Administration, a Quarry Manager’s Certificate and currently studying a Master of Economics, Maryanne continues to set herself rigorous challenges.
What’s more, Maryanne won the 2007 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award recognising the contributions of female executives.
Maryanne says the award came as a surprise but hopes it will inspire other women from country towns to set high career goals.
“What they need to be aware of is that there’s so many opportunities that they can take up,” she said.
“What I would like to do with this award is create more awareness for young women in regional areas.”
Living in Kununurra with her daughter and two dogs, Maryanne also enjoys her time off.
“I love getting out and seeing the spectacular beauty of the Kimberley region – camping, boating and especially fishing.”