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Perth Branch – Lunchtime CBD Tech Talk – The Future of Tailings

Come along to the Technical Talk on 2nd September to gain insights from Michelle Ash and Charles Vuillier on the Future Transformation of Tailings Management.

Event Details

Date: Monday 2nd September 2019

Time: 12:30 – 13:25


Central Park Theatrette
(behind the Gramercy bar and up one flight of stairs)
152-158 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Cost: Free to attend


Registrations are essential

Tailings management will undergo significant change in the future to meet changing requirements in the mining industry. Responsible mining is becoming a major focus for investors, manufacturers, future generations, water conservation, countries, and regions. Greater focus will be on ensuring that tailings management has a minimal negative impact on the local environment. Mining is embracing a fast pace of technological and digital change which will ultimately result in creating a safer, cleaner and healthier mining industry.

About the Speakers

Michelle Ash has more than 20 years' of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management.

She 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 Drill & Blast 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, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance and Acacia Mining in Tanzania. Following these roles, Michelle took one of her most memorable positions as Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. She oversaw the company's Innovation program, looking both at how innovation could drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it could be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.

Michelle is currently on 3 Advisory Board roles and Chair of GMG Group. In 2016, Michelle was named in the list of ‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining' by Women in Mining UK.


Charles is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years' experience in Senior Technical, Business and Management roles. He has significant experience in consulting and construction for large and small projects in industries such as Mining, Civil Infrastructure and Property Development.

Following extensive professional experience in France, he has also worked in other European countries and North Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Based in Melbourne, he has spent the last seven years in mine waste engineering with a strong focus on innovation and sustainable mining.

He is also a committee member of a number of mining associations such as AusIMM, WIMnet and the French Australian Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne.

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