IWD2024 Spotlight Series – Meet Caitlin Stewart, Regional Relief Administrator, Northern Region

IWD2024 Spotlight Series – Meet Caitlin Stewart, Regional Relief Administrator, Northern Region

“We are now in an age where being aware of how we can affect others is quite promiment whether that be gender, race, culture or religion. It's everyone's responsibility and I think constant education is what ultimately helps us all learn and grow.”

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global event celebrating the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women.

Throughout March, Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia (BMSA) proudly spotlights four impressive women who embody the spirit of the 2024 global theme: ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress’. Each share their unique journey, insights, and wisdom through a special Q&A series. 

Watch this space for powerful narratives, smiles, and a celebration of diversity and achievement!

Can you tell us a bit about your role at BMSA and what you find most fulfilling about it?

My role is Regional Relief Administrator for North Region. This role makes me a little bit of an “all-rounder”. It means I can relieve any administrative role to support any gaps for the North Region.

My role covers a broad spectrum of the business. I could be training staff, writing training material, supporting branches in the compliance space, processing orders/quotes, as well as testing, and supporting new processes to introduce to staff. The list goes on!

This role is most fulfilling as it gives me the ability to use my knowledge and experience to support the team.

There is diversity in my role; no two days are the same, and it also allows me to work, with not just one branch, but five! I get to work with so many different people with all with different views and varying outlooks, that I learn from daily. I get to travel and see how each team operates and handles a situation in their branch.

What challenges have you overcome in your career, and what advice would you give to other women facing similar obstacles?

I think Mining in general, is a very male-dominated industry and with that comes a very male-dominated culture. If we’re speaking of challenges specific to International Women’s Day, what comes to mind is how often, over my career, I’ve had to educate people on why some women may take offence to certain comments or jokes. We’ve improved in this space, but there is still a way to go, in my opinion.

We’re now in an age where being aware of how we can affect others is quite prominent whether that be gender, race, culture, religion, etc. It’s everyone’s responsibility and I think constant education is what ultimately helps us all learn and grow.

Outside of work, what passions or hobbies fuel your creativity and energy?

Outside of work I enjoy reading, no specific genre. If it has words on a page, I’ll read it. My current book count for the year is 22 by the end of February.

I love to get outdoors when I can. I enjoy Kayaking and spending time at the beach. I love hiking with my dog Dixie, who has just turned 4, she has moved around with me from Mackay to Darwin, to Brisbane and has taken to the city life like a duck to water. She is indeed very spoiled as your best mates should be!

We’d love to bring a smile to our audience’s faces.  Can you share a fun or quirky fact about yourself that they might not know?

I’m an open book and I don’t know if there is anything quirky about me.

I am typically stock standard, i.e. I like long walks on the beach, a good cup of coffee or glass of wine and obviously Taylor Swift haha 😊