Michelle Ash: Barrick Gold’s Chief Innovation Officer: Digital Mining


Michelle Ash is the Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick, where she looks at how innovation can not only drive productivity in the existing business, but how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.

She joined Barrick in January 2016, with more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on business improvement and change management.

Previously she was Chief Operating Officer for Acacia Mining in Tanzania, spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she was Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.

Last year, Women in Mining UK named Michelle Ash to the list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”. Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University.