State of Play: Drivers of Innovation in Mining to 2035

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Join State of Play and hear from a panel of leaders as they discuss the outcomes of the world's largest survey on mining innovation

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State of Play in partnership with the UWA Public Policy Institute invite you to the panel discussion "Drivers of Innovation to 2035" with panellists Michelle Ash, Alex Atkins and Graeme Stanway, and chair, Professor Shamit Saggar.

The world is fundamentally being impacted by several large, complex and long-term forces. Rapid advances in technology, particularly in automation and digitisation, are driving innovation at the edge and changing mining industry ecosystem dynamics.

These trends are not local to the mining industry – they speak to broader shifts in the Australian economy.

Come and hear from a panel of mining leaders as we discuss how innovation is propelling the mining industry into the future. The evening will conclude with networking drinks and canapes.

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Panellist Biographies

Michelle Ash - Chair, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Michelle Ash is the Chair of GMG as well as on the Advisory Board of a number of start-ups such as Indimin, MineSpider and Petra Data Science. GMG is a member driven industry association working with members and industry participants to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the industry.

In her role with Barrick, Ash oversaw 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. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 to lead Operational Excellence and later oversaw the establishment of their digital program and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.

She also worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning. In these roles, Ash drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Ash has held similar operational leadership, business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls.

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 degree in psychology from Deakin University.

Alex Atkins - Non-Executive Director

Alex holds two BEng Degrees from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer & Geologist. She holds First Class Mine Manager’s Certificates for WA & Queensland, has an MBA(Finance), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Professional Fellow of Engineers Australia and The AusIMM.

Alex has 25+ years’ multi-commodity experience through the full mining value chain in roles that find, design & run mines, regulate mines & in the Big4’s auditing mining companies.

Alex is a Non-executive Director of Perenti (formerly Ausdrill Ltd (ASX:ASL)), Founder of her own mining risk consultancy, Director of International Women in Mining (London) & Senior Director of Canadian Mining Sustainability. In 2018 Alex was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by WIM UK in London and in 2019 was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Graeme Stanway - Partner, VCI

Graeme is one of the founders of State of Play and its parent company VCI. His current work focuses on understanding and advising on business strategy for the global resources industry at the nexus of economics, social and technology change. Graeme is based in Western Australia, travelling widely to support the development of strategies for most of the major mining companies over the past 15 years. A PhD in Engineering by training, Graeme has developed an industry-wide reputation as one of its leading thinkers.

Professor Shamit Saggar - Director, UWA Public Policy Institute

Shamit Saggar is the Director of the Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Western Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College, London.

He was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in the UK Cabinet Office; Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Essex; Harkness Fellow at UCLA; Yale World Fellow at Yale University; and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

He is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, former Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to social science and public policy.

He takes an active part in public leadership roles at board level spanning the Financial Services Authority, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Law Society of England & Wales, British Future, National Asylum Commission, Better Regulation Commission, National Consumer Council, Whittington Hospital Trust, Peabody Trust, Accountancy Foundation, Institute for Citizenship, Foreign Policy Centre, RSA Migration Commission and UPP Group Holdings Ltd.

He has also held advisory roles with Unbound Philanthropy, Demos, Policy Exchange, Institute for Public Policy Research, Policy Network and Fabian Society, and served as Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the House of Commons Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation.

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The State of Play biennial Mining Industry Survey is the world’s largest survey into strategy and innovation in mining. It explores the major trends that are impacting mining and services companies and how they are positioning to respond through strategic innovation.

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