Michelle Lawson

Non-Executive Director, Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy

With over 30 years’ experience in Energy, Infrastructure and Finance, Michelle has developed extensive skills as a professional who works across different cultures to bring people together for a common purpose. She has a passion for authentic leadership, ESG and diversity.  Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (“AusIMM) and the Mark Hughes Foundation.

Michelle has more than a decade of practicing Executive Director and Committee Chair experience. Her areas of specialist expertise span from advising on high level financial related matters through to ensuring ESG, risk management & compliance at Board level, strategy planning and execution, as well as, she has managed / facilitated several joint ventures projects. With a chartered accounting background, she can form deep financial insights to multi-billion-dollar business operations and use such information to lead various areas of an organisation in developing and executing impactful strategies to consistently boost business performance and profitability.

In 2015 Michelle was awarded NSW Women in Mining winner for Gender Diversity Champion, finalist in the Women in Resources National Awards and acknowledged as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016. In February 2018 she carried the Queen’s Baton at the XXI Commonwealth Games in recognition of her community contributions and in 2020 was part of the team that received the NSW Women in Mining award for Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance for their WIMnet NSW Mentoring Program.  Recently, Michelle has also become an accomplished contemporary artist in her spare time, earning a dozen International Awards and the honour of having her artworks displayed on billboards in the iconic Times Square, New York!

Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, Governance Institute of Australia and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

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