Michelle Ash studied both engineering and psychology at university. Upon graduation, having completed her thesis on methane extraction from coal beds following the collapse of the construction industry, Rio Tinto offered Michelle a position within its research company, ATD. Following this, Michelle became a blasting engineer with the company on site and from there she was hooked on the resources industry.
Over her career, Michelle has held diverse roles at numerous organisations, including Leighton Contractors, Minerals and Metals Group and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance. Following these roles, Michelle took one of her most memorable positions as Chief Operating Officer with Acacia Mining in Tanzania. Accountable for the Bulyanhulu operation, Michelle worked with the management team as well as support teams from the central functions to turn around the operation and deliver long-term value for all stakeholders.
Michelle is currently Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. She oversees the company’s Innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Having joined Barrick in January 2016, Michelle brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. In 2016, Michelle was named in the list of ‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’ by Women in Mining UK.
Read an interview with Michelle Ash in the December 2017 edition of the AusIMM Bulletin.