Speaker Spotlight: Sharon Flynn15 February 2019
Sharon recently started working in New Zealand with OceanaGold and has been interested in learning about New Zealand politics and their robust consenting process which drives best practice social performance. Sharon has also been impressed with how these processes have allowed New Zealanders at varying levels to have a voice.
Read Sharon’s full bio here.
Sharon will present her paper Principles for social performance in mining on Wednesday 3 April, 2019.
We recently asked Sharon some questions about PACRIM. See her answers below:
1. Can you provide an insight into what your presentation will cover at PACRIM 2019?
My presentation will cover basic principles around social performance in mining. Similar to my previous paper ‘From Mining to the New Economy: Design Principles for Social Performance’ that provides a personal perspective on five key principles that form the foundation of social performance work – specifically to the New Zealand market.
In my presentation, we will go back to basics – understanding how you are impacting (both positively and negatively) local communities and where economic expectations will be in 5-10 years.
2. What do you hope delegates will learn/take away from your presentation?
I hope that delegates will take away an understanding of these principles and how social science work is imperative for designing and implementing good social performance in the mining sector.
3. What are you looking forward to most about PACRIM?
This will be my first AusIMM conference so I am looking forward to it. These conferences are quite prestigious in the community and I’ve heard a lot about AusIMM from all the Aussies I know.
4. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
There have certainly been a few. Firstly, how do we bridge the gap between western, board room type leaders, with poorer communities? Secondly, perspectives – large scale projects in culturally and economically diverse areas and lastly, land access – land means many different things to many different people.
5. What advice would you give to a young professional beginning their career in the resources sector?
I came to mining late in my career. I would suggest working on the ground and in as my different roles as you can so that you can gain a variety of perspectives – bringing diversity of perspectives and views and being able to translate those is critical.
Recognising that this is a professional discipline – there are so many opportunities to study and learn.
Sociology could do more in mining as there is a need for good social scientists to work in the industry whether that be with government or private enterprise.