Senior Communications Specialist
Sector: Mining & MetalsMember Since, August 8, 2023
Open To Work
I create compelling content that informs, provokes thought and positive change, and even entertains, when appropriate. ‘The Word Surgeon’ and ‘The Pithy Pen’ are my monikers, and I’ve assumed various roles:
– Senior Communications Specialist
– Real Estate Marketer and Copywriter
– Lifestyle Magazine Editor/Writer
– Minex and Drilling Editor/Correspondent
– Educational Syllabus Editing Pundit
– and all-round communicator.
As Senior Communications Specialist at Boart Longyear – the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies since 1890, I work alongside the Global Head of Investor Relations to plan and create timely communications. I’m proud to have initiated 2023’s ‘Boart Longyear Women’ campaign showcasing one incredible woman and her impact to the business each week, which aligns with the Company’s ’15 x 25’ DEI commitment to recruit and retain a minimum percentage of 15% women to our drilling services workforce by end of year, 2025.
I’m passionate about property. Realtor clients enlist me to showcase their spectacular properties, particularly vineyard estates across California’s enviable Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties; ski-centric Salt Lake and Park City, Utah; and the surreal and achingly beautiful ‘Wild West’ of Southern Arizona. During Covid-19, I repatriated to my hometown of Perth, Western Australia, compiling residential listings for Realmark Urban – a prominent realtor with listings spanning WA’s vast metropolitan area and beyond.
As Editor, Coring Magazine, I upheld style, contextual relevance and quality assurance to a respected triannual mineral exploration publication. Available in digital and print format, Coring sources trusted commentary as to the innovative developments at the world’s most unique diamond drilling and mineral exploration projects.
I was the key messenger as Vice President, Communications and Talent at Dig Solutions, weaving vital directives and content such as health and safety and innovation campaigns into communications on behalf of major and junior miners and contractors.
A Television and Radio Broadcasting graduate of Western Australia’s esteemed Edith Cowan University’s WA Academy of Performing Arts, I possess extensive writing and editing experience, producing captivating content for maximum enjoyment to my clients and their valued customers – realtors, major and junior exploration companies, lifestyle companies and publications.
Tertiary Entrance Examination, English Literature, History, Economics, Physical Science, Media Studies (1990 - 1994) Rockingham Senior High School
Activities and societies: Student Councillor, Women in Education Speaker and \'Buddy\' System Coordinator.Activities and societies: Student Councillor, Women in Education Speaker and \'Buddy\' System Coordinator. I received the \'Dux\' (or best performance award) for the subjects of English Literature, Media Studies, History and Economics for each of my five years of high school.
Bachelor's degree, Broadcast Journalism (WAAPA) (1997 - 1998) Edith Cowan University
With a love of English literature and Media Studies, I commenced a double major in Media/Photo Media at Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University (ECU), but later deferred after successfully auditioning to secure one of eighteen highly competitive places within the internationally acclaimed, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ (WAAPA) Television and Radio Broadcasting faculty. As broadcasting students, we learned and experimented with all facets of radio and television production particularly news writing/reporting and filming, documentary production, creative writing, and radio and television hosting. My radio documentary, focussed on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) received national interest and acclaim as the statewide winner of the national MBF Health and Well-Being Awards. I later received the Encouragement Award from national broadcaster, Channel Seven the following year.
Work & Experience
Boart Longyear (2022 - Present ) Senior Communications Specialist
Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies. With a pioneering spirit dating back to 1890, the Company is deemed an industry stalwart, with a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine dewatering, oil sands exploration, production drilling, and down-hole exploration. As Senior Communications Specialist I work alongside the Global Head of Investor Relations to plan and create timely communications – external and internal for global, national and local relevance, disseminating the Executive Committee’s key messaging for maximum engagement and action. I’m proud to have initiated 2023’s ‘Boart Longyear Women’ campaign showcasing one incredible woman and her impact to the business each week, which aligns with the Company’s ’15 x 25’ DEI commitment to recruit and retain a minimum percentage of 15% women to our drilling services workforce by end of year, 2025. Boart Longyear upholds a safety-first focus at all times, with all communications embracing the Company\'s most poignant message, and that is to: Make it safe. Make it personal. Make it home.
The Word Surgeon (1994 - Present ) Freelance Senior Copywriter & Editor
Connect with me for speedy, reliable \'wordsmithing\' given my 27+ years’ experience in communications-based roles and freelance writing. ‘The Word Surgeon’ references my ability to hone communication with speed and deft precision. \'Scalpel\' at the ready, cutting errors, reshaping waffle and whittling digression into inspired content that reflects clients\' business and style. WA-born and bred, I\'ve worked in Perth, rural Queensland, Singapore, the Philippines and the US. My current focus is on property - compiling engaging listings for prominent realtors: Perth-based Realmark Urban, Western Australia; Sonoma Property Group (Sonoma/Marin and Napa Counties, California); Muve Group (Salt Lake and Park City, Utah;) Sotheby\'s (Arizona); and Windermere and D3CADE Homes (Utah). I was a regular contributor to Devour Utah – a foodie-centric glossy tome, delivering ‘the dish’ on all things tasty in Salt Lake City even when living in Las Vegas and Arizona. While in South East Asia, I upheld the role of Marketing Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle managing internal/external comms for APAC region. I later secured the role of Editor at Expat Living Singapore – a sophisticated lifestyle monthly publication while contributing to Jetstar’s inflight publication. My writing has featured across an array of client communications. - Industry: Boart Longyear, South32, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto & Jones Lang LaSalle - Government: Department of Education\'s WestOne Publishing & Water Corporation - Publications: Coring Magazine, Devour Utah, Expat Living Singapore, Tiger Tales & Jet Star Travel - Exciting businesses: Lethal Graphics, Greatest Version Strength & Lexhud Much of my work is sourced within the industries of real estate, mineral exploration and lifestyle publishing although I welcome all enquiries, challenges and requests to collaborate.
Realmark Urban (2021 - 2022 ) Creative Senior Content Writer
It is argued anyone can sell real estate in a \'hot\' market, and especially when demand exceeds supply. Some claim the same about writing property listings, yet many descriptions lack accuracy and personality to pique interest and influence precious time in the all-consuming home hunt. As creative content writer within a fast-paced real estate agency, I apply my unique style while upholding Realmark Urban\'s specific and succinct branding - highlighting selling features, which can prove challenging with \'rough diamonds\'. Writing nous combined with a love of architectural and interior design ensures consistent delivery of original, engaging copy. I am particularly adept at recognising a property\'s key attributes without extending the truth while adhering to marketing/publishing deadlines. Realmark Urban is a respected, award-winning Western Australian-owned real estate agency. Featuring both residential and commercial listings, Realmark Urban is deemed an industry leader in marketing excellence.
Sonoma Realty Group (2017 - 2022 ) Freelance Senior Copywriter
Sonoma Realty Group offers real estate brokerage services for luxury homes, particularly elegant vineyard estates across California\'s popular and enviable Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. One could argue it cannot be *that* difficult to promote and even sell lavish homes boasting jaw-dropping vistas and comforts aplenty. Quite the contrary. Consider just how many stunning multi-million dollar listings are available within California itself – all vying for a select group’s attention. My love of writing, architecture, design and the Californian landscape and lifestyle has deemed it seemingly effortless on my part to showcase the many spectacular and diverse properties while conveying the region’s outstanding offerings. It is my genuine pleasure to play a small yet pivotal role in each property’s sale.
The Muve Group (2016 - 2022 ) Freelance Senior Copywriter & Former Editor In Chief
The Muve Group (TMG) is more than a troupe of house flipping realtors. Family-operated and community focused, TMG do business with like-minded folk – enthusiasts and purveyors of minimalist architecture and style, (predominantly Mid-Century modern) within Salt Lake City and the broader Utahn state. Since repatriating to my homeland of Australia, I still compile occasional Utah listings for the Group. As Editor in Chief, I applied a clear yet engaging conversational tone to Muve Group’s unique property listings and project updates, shared via the website and social media, utilising WordPress, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
D3CADE HOMES (2018 - 2021 ) Freelance Senior Copywriter & Former Editor in Chief
Dynamic duo, Cody and Vanessa are as smitten with Mid-Century design as they are with each other. Partners in business and life, the pair formed a formidable alliance with a shared appreciation for striking architectural design and elegant aesthetics, imparting panache into every housing project. As D3CADE’s Editor in Chief, I composed compelling content with a distinctive style to mirror D3CADE’s niche undertakings via social media and their website.
Coring Magazine (2019 - 2021 ) Editor
I upheld style and contextual relevance to a respected industry publication – quality assuring content via copy- and sub-editing; and contributing original material when requested. I collaborated with the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Officer to plan and coordinate current and future editions, advising on editorial matters and liaising with authors and key contacts to ensure a seamless publication process. Coring Magazine is an international triennial, filled with inspired mineral exploration content. Published in digital and print format, Coring sources trusted, informed commentary on innovative developments in safety and technology at the world’s most unique diamond drilling and mineral exploration projects. Featuring inspired individual and company profiles, illustrated case studies, comprehensive product reviews and field practice tips, Coring Magazine endeavours to shine a light on the industry’s diverse and colourful influencers. Coring recently secured official PDAC Convention media partner credentials. PDAC being the Prospectors & Develops Association of Canada’s annual four-day event – considered THE most anticipated and frequented global mineral exploration event. Stay up to date with all that’s happening in the global drilling sphere. Subscribe to Coring Magazine for FREE at www.coringmagazine.com and \'Like\' and \'Follow\' Coring Magazine via Facebook (search @coringmagazine) or within LinkedIn.
Dig Solutions LLC (2018 - 2020 ) VP, Communications & Talent
Dig Solutions: drilling | innovation | growth A Nevada-based, global minerals exploration consultancy providing progressive advice & talent for operational reform. Promoting safe, innovative & efficient operations with ‘zero harm’ to people & the environment via best-in-class standards. In conjunction with Dig Solution’s CEO, I’m passionate about workplace inclusivity, equality, safety & training that extends beyond the norm to include mental health & wellbeing. Daily life depends on mineral discoveries to further medical & technological advancement. From lightweight aluminum in planes, trains & automobiles; conductive copper & gold in circuitry & smart devices, graphite in electrodes, microbial silver in medical equipment & even oil-absorbing talc in cosmetics. Mineral extraction is typically undertaken in remote areas. It’s expensive, time consuming & disrupts landscape & communities, yet successful exploration operations reinvigorate rural townships – offering diverse employment to an already uniquely skilled community. I’m a peaceful messenger, connecting groups & applying my 25+ years communications experience to sharpen/ghostwrite industry documents, including the Global Drilling Standard (GDS). GDS is a systematic reference manual outlining standards & operating procedures, prioritising safety & innovation. Major & junior miners have integrated GDS into daily practice – serving as a benchmark of excellence & compliance. Notably, GDS has had positive industry impact – aiding in the reduction of injuries & fatalities, improving process for greater production & efficiency, while increasing earnings. Dig Solutions is committed to building quality relationships with partners & suppliers, acting with integrity & transparency to ensure projects & operations benefit from the best.