Skip to content

Introducing the 2023 CEW Chemistry Australia Scholarship recipient – Orica manufacturing expert Kira McGrath

   
Introducing the 2023 CEW Chemistry Australia Scholarship recipient – Orica manufacturing expert Kira McGrath

The winner of this year’s CEW Chemistry Australia Scholarship is Orica manager of manufacturing technology Kira McGrath.

McGrath has extensive experience with ammonia, nitric acid and ammonium nitrate manufacturing processes specific to Orica’s Kooragang Island manufacturing facility, in Newcastle New South Wales.

The facility supplies critical products to the mining and infrastructure, agriculture, water supply, food, dairy, and medical sectors.

The goal of the scholarship is to provide a life-changing opportunity to a rising women leader working in the Australian chemistry industry.

McGrath wins a place on the Women Transforming Leadership programme at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where she plans to broaden her leadership skills among a cohort of highly successful women from around the globe.

“I feel extremely excited and humbled that I have been awarded this opportunity. I’m still pinching myself,” she says.

“This programme aligns with my desire to elevate my leadership and enhance the level of impact in my workplace.”

McGrath has worked for Orica since graduating from the University of Newcastle as a Chemical Engineer in 2008 and has a breadth of knowledge in the manufacturing sector in process engineering, process safety, continuous improvement/lean manufacturing, and management roles.

She says the prospect of attending Oxford’s Saïd Business School is what motivated her to apply and looks forward to bringing learnings from the Women Transforming Leadership programme back to Australia.

“Once I return, I will build on the experience and forge a stronger presence of female leaders in manufacturing,” she says.

RECOMMENDED
ARTICLES

Media release: CEW welcomes the focus on the care economy and women’s workforce participation in this year’s Federal Budget Chief Executive Women (CEW) welcomes Federal Budget measures aimed at unlocking women’s workforce participation to address Australia’s economic challenges by removing barriers for women and families.  Today’s Federal Government budget has confirmed funding for several of CEW’s...
Media release | Monday, 6 May 2024 More than 200 women leaders including from business, unions, philanthropy, academia and the community sector have written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese urging him to provide economic security for women leaving violence by raising the rate of Jobseeker and Youth Allowance. Djirra CEO Antoinette Braybrook AM said: “Every...
Media release: Former CEW president Sam Mostyn to become Australia’s next governor-general Chief Executive Women (CEW) congratulates former CEW president Sam Mostyn AO on the announcement she will become Australia’s next governor-general. CEW president Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz says Sam is a visionary leader who transformed CEW’s advocacy agenda at a critical time for Australian women. “As...
Media release: CEW Welcomes ‘Working For Women’, A National Strategy To Achieve Gender Equality Chief Executive Women (CEW) has welcomed the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality.  Released today by the federal Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher, the strategy outlines priority areas for improvements in women’s affairs, including a commitment to paying superannuation on Commonwealth Paid...
Media release: CEW celebrates new era of gendered data transparency, calls on all employers to set gender equality targets Chief Executive Women (CEW) has welcomed the publication of gender pay gaps for every individual Australian employer with 100 or more employees, calling for all Australian businesses to set gender equality targets to increase women’s representation...
Scholarships play a fundamental role in CEW’s efforts to create opportunities that level the playing field for women across the country.  Today, as three of our 2024 scholarships are officially opened to applicants, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of three remarkable benefactors whose commitment to gender equality shines through their support for scholarships.  Through their...
CEW calls on the Federal Government to unlock the economy by addressing women’s workforce participation CEW is calling on the Federal Government to address the country’s economic challenges with a suite of policy settings that will help unlock women’s workforce participation for the good of all. In its 2024-25 Pre Budget Submission, which has been...
The CEW Scholarships Program lies at the heart of women leaders enabling women leaders and 2023 has seen us reach new heights awarding scholarships to 34 outstanding women leaders across 19 different scholarships. We have been very excited to offer four new scholarships in partnership with Chemistry Australia, Actuaries Institute, Property Council of Australia, Melbourne...
CEW welcomes the findings of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) Scorecard, which has found that the average total remuneration gender pay gap has dropped to 21.7 per cent in 2023 from 22.8 per cent in 2022.  It is the second biggest single year drop since WGEA started collecting employer data in 2014, however, on...
CEW welcomes and supports the Productivity Commission’s Report into Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and takes this opportunity to welcome the new Productivity Commission Chair and CEW member Danielle Wood to this important role. CEW supports the key recommendations of the report, namely: Building towards universal, free or low-cost access for all children to...