PETRA is very pleased to announce that Michelle Ash has joined our Advisory Board. 

Ash is the Chair of GMG and is also on the Advisory Board of mining blockchain start-up MineSpiderAsh has exceptional mining industry experience in how innovation can drive productivity, as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models

She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto. Ash also worked as Chief Operating Officer for Acacia Mining in Tanzania, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and PlanningShe joined Barrick in January 2016 to lead Operational Excellence and later oversaw the establishment of their digital program as Chief Innovation Officer. Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK. Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds a degree in Psychology from Deakin University. 

Pictured: Michelle Ash, Dr Penny Stewart, Lachlan Teale


PETRA Managing Director, Dr Penny Stewart approached Ash after being extremely impressed by Ash’s courage articulating a future for mining that is built on new ways of doing business, including the role of blockchain as a market mechanism to reward sustainable mining.   

Ash cited, PETRA’s leadership and talented team”, as well as “analytics being a foundation for the future of mining”, as the reason for accepting Stewart’s invitation to join PETRA’s Advisory Board.  

In addition to Ash’s highly regarded vision for the future of mining, Stewart sees Ash’s appointment as providing commercial insights from the perspective of the mining customer.   Ash joins Maptek Managing Director, Peter Johnson on PETRA’s Advisory Board. Since joining PETRA’s Board in March, Peter has brought to PETRA a wealth of experience in growing a business through continuous innovation, as well as strategies for successful commercialisation and collaboration. 

As PETRA’s position as the industry leader for platform agnostic machine learning algorithms scales in response to industry demandAsh’s appointment will be an invaluable addition to the company’s leadership team. 

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