2013 Winners

Dave Ulrich HR Rising Star

Dave Ulrich HR Rising Star

Natalie Banham

Peabody Energy


Natalie joined Peabody Energy in 2010 as a graduate in HR. During her graduate program Natalie was involved in all facets of HR on site and in the corporate office. Natalie was selected as a Next Generation Leader in 2011 and Graduate of the Year for 2012. She is currently studying her Masters of Labour Law and Relations at the University of Sydney. Natalie has been based at Metropolitan Coal since 2012 as HR advisor and lead negotiator for two enterprise agreements. She is a member of the senior management team and being promoted to senior HR advisor in the coming month.


Metropolitan Coal is an underground mine located 30 kilometres north of Wollongong in the township of Helensburgh that produces coking coal for export and domestic markets. Metropolitan is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy and has a workforce of approximately 400 people, including contractors. As one of the oldest continually operating coal mining operations in Australia, Metropolitan has been an integral part of the Helensburgh community for more than 125 years and is a major contributor to the ongoing stability and prospects of the region. Metropolitan produced 2.1 million tons of saleable coal in 2012.

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