Rachel Mottram

Rachel Mottram
Calcination Operations Centre Manager
Alcoa of Australia
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Rachel has been a member of both Wagerup and Pinjarra refineries’ lead teams accountable for lean manufacturing improvement initiatives across refinery processes and systems. She has run refinery maintenance and production teams and has significant experience in process engineering complex mineral processing operations in all areas of the Bayer Process.

A significant highlight of her 17-year career with Alcoa of Australia was being promoted to a senior management role at the age of just 30. She became Operating Centre Manager at Wagerup Refinery in 2005, making her the first ‘home grown’ female engineering graduate to secure such a senior position in such a short timeframe and within what is traditionally a male dominated work environment.

Family is an important priority for Rachel. She also has a real desire to make a difference in the world and as such values the opportunity to contribute in her local community. She does that with her family, volunteering at sporting clubs. Rachel’s voluntary involvement with the Alcoa Women’s Network has afforded Rachel the opportunity to be a mentor to other women in the workplace who are entering similar phases of their lives. Rachel has also managed to fit in an MBA; a concerted effort to fit in the study but well worth it.