Delegates networked over morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner in the Ironmongers' Hall in the heart of London's historic financial district.
Nick SmithInvestor Relations, Woulfe Mining
Nick Smith has more than 15 years of experience in the mining and media industries. He has consulted for several publishing groups over the last three years on topics of sales, marketing, distribution, and process. In 2007, Nick accepted the challenge of leading KP Publishing. Prior to that, Nick founded and served as CEO of Montgomery Media International from 2002. This new media company addressed new markets such as internet advertising with innovative design, content, and distribution models. Nick starting his career in London working on sports-focused consumer publications in partnership with celebrities, including Lord Sebastian Coe and Tony Jacklin.
Robert MackayCEO, Stans Energy
Robert has worked extensive in the mining and investment industry. He has experience of various facets of mineral exploration including diamond drilling, geophysics, geological mapping & prospecting and in mining, mine planning, surveying, grade control, industrial engineering, open pit and underground production. He has also previously served as Vice President of two national brokerage firms over his career in the investment business.
He is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has a mining engineering degree from The South Dakota School of Mines Technology.
Gary BillingsleyExec Chairman, Great Western Minerals
Gary Billingsley is a professional engineer and geoscientist with more than 30 years' experience in the mineral industry–24 of them in Saskatchewan. He has been an officer and director of several public mining and mineral exploration companies during the past 18 years. In addition to his experience with uranium and base-metal exploration, Gary has been directly involved with putting Saskatchewan's largest gold mine into production and, on three separate occasions, has played a major role in the discovery of diamond-bearing kimberlite.
Richard WolanskiExecutive Director and Company Secretary, Speewah Metals
Richard Wolanski has extensive professional experience in both Australian and international finance industries. He has provided corporate, strategic and financial advisory assistance to public companies in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and his qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Adrian ChapmanConsultant - Metals & Mining, Oakdene Hollins Research & Consulting
Adrian Chapman is a consultant at Oakdene Hollins, a company specialising in environmental research and consultancy. Since joining Oakdene Hollins, Adrian has worked in several key areas of sustainable innovation including materials and metals security, sustainable technology development, remanufacturing and lifecycle assessments, both for public and private clients. He has led several projects in the materials security field, including a study on recycling and recovery of critical materials for the EU LIFE+ project and an expert review of studies addressing issues on critical metals and minerals. He has also worked on a related project on rare earth elements for the UK Department for Transport and on an ongoing project on by-product metals for International Lead and Zinc, Copper and Nickel Study Groups. Adrian was a co-author of the recently released EU study assessing bottleneck materials for the large scale implementation of sustainable energy technologies.
Adrian holds an MSci and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham.
Richard BeazleyManaging Director, Peak Resources Limited
Mr Beazley is a mining engineer with more than 25 years' experience in the resources sector, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration.
Mr Beazley has previously held management and executive roles with a range of companies operating throughout Australia including Consolidated Minerals, St Barbara Limited, Aditya Birla Minerals Limited, Henry Walker Eltin Contracting Pty Ltd and Sons of Gwalia.
In line with his experience, Mr Beazley has a strong operational and technical background in a diverse range of minerals from bulk commodities of iron ore through to manganese, copper, gold and tantalum to boutique and market specific minerals of spodumene and kaolinite.
His career to date is typically highlighted by challenging roles from developing mining operations behind earthen walls constructed in the ocean at Cockatoo Island, to developing open cut operations in one of the wettest mines in the world at Woodie Woodie and installing an overhead conveyor system to hoist copper ore from an underground crushing chamber to a newly constructed concentrator and still have the ability to haul ore conventionally by truck at the same time at Nifty Copper.
He is a member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy where he has previously served as the Chairperson of the South West Branch for a number of years. It is through this organisation that he maintains his status as a Chartered Professional.
He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.
David HargreavesCEO, Fairtrade Gemstones
David Hargreaves is CEO of his family company Fair Trade Gemstones Ltd, which specializes in the ethical sourcing and marketing of gemstones worldwide. David has over 40 years of senior experience in the mining industry. After qualifying in coal mining he worked in the iron ore mines in Canada before diversifying into other bulk minerals including bauxite. He was Head of Research for stockbrokers James Capel in London and voted Mining Analyst of the year on three successive occasions. Since forming his own metals and brokering company in 1977, he has successfully promoted and been a director of several public companies. He currently writes "The Week in Mining", an incisive review of world mining events. He is a Chartered Mining Engineer, Fellow of the Geological Society and the Institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials, and a member of the Royal Institution. He was a representative to the House of Commons Select Committee on Strategically Important Metals.
Don BurtonPresident, Namibia Rare Earths Inc.
Don Burton is a professional geologist and co-led the formation of Namibia Rare Earths in 2010. Don served as Vice President Exploration and Vice President Corporate Development with Etruscan Resources over a 13 year period where he was responsible for setting up Etruscan's operations in West Africa encompassing Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. In 2005, Don initiated Etruscan's entry into Namibia leading to the realization of the rare earth potential and the creation of Namibia Rare Earths. Don holds a BSc (Honours) in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo (1978) and a MSc. in Geology from the University of New Brunswick (1984). He is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and of the Society of Economic Geologists and is a member of the Association of Professional Geologists of Nova Scotia.
John MairExecutive Director - Business Development, Greenland Minerals & Energy
Dr John Mair completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours, majoring in geology, at the University of Western Australia, before commencing a career in the minerals sector, working in gold exploration and mining in Western Australia's goldfields. He returned to the university system to undertake a PhD study on the gold and base metal deposits of Canada's Yukon Territory and east-central Alaska. After completing the PhD in 2004, John returned to the minerals industry working in exploration for porphyry Cu-Au deposits in New South Wales, and gold deposits in China. In mid-2005 John took the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the metallogeny of southwest Alaska.
Since 2008, John has been instrumental in the technical development of the Kvanefjeld project, and also in the corporate evolution of the company. He presents on the Company's behalf in commercial, technical and political forums internationally.
Catherine FeoreDirector and Vice President of Marketing, Adroit Resources
Catherine Feore has worked in Brussels for over ten years, representing a wide range of organisations, from universities to public authorities, and in many fields, from waste policy to aviation. She has direct experience of working in the European Parliament as an assistant to two Members of the European Parliament and was seconded to the European Commission as a National Expert in Urban Policy. Catherine's last role in Brussels was as Head of Office for Greater Manchester, a partnership of 18 different organisations, including Manchester Airports Group, Manchester Public Transport Authority, Greater Manchester Waste and the Manchester's Economic Development Agency.
Thomas KrauseGlobal Comms, Chemetall
Thomas Krause joined Chemetall Lithium Division in January 2007 and is responsible for Global Marketing Communication. An increasingly important part of his activities are public relations and communication for lithium supply, related to the topic of lithium ion batteries to power electric mobility. Before he joined Chemetall Thomas worked as marketing and communications manager for Herberts GmbH, Wuppertal (automotive and industrial coatings), Erbslöh GmbH, Velbert (aluminium industry); Bankakademie e.V., Frankfurt am Main (business school) and was self employed as marketing consultant. Thomas holds a degree in economics after studying at the University of Wuppertal, Germany and the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.
Mark StrizekCEO, Vital Metals
Mark Strizek is a qualified geologist with over 15 years experience in the mining industry. He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Geostatistics from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University. Mark's career began in the Yilgarn with Gold miner, Sons of Gwalia where he worked in both open pit operations and resource development. His experience in gold was furthered through time at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in both grade control and resource development. He diversified his experience with Ross Mining at their Timbarra Gold Mine in NSW and moved into a management role as Senior Mine Geologist with Areva at the White Foil Open Cut and the Frog's Legs underground resource.
Chris WatlingCEO, Longview Economics
Based in London, Longview Economics is an independent consulting firm focused on global macroeconomics, asset allocation, commodities and short term trading tools. Longview Economics is free from any corporate leaning and have the space to develop ideas and strategies to assist economic and financial market understanding. The company aims to establish long-term relationships and enhance client performance.
Chris Watling, founder and CEO of Longview Economics is also Economic Advisor to Liquid Capital Securities. Chris regularly writes for the financial press and his monthly podcast is watched in over 40 countries worldwide.
Caroline WilsonDirector of Investor Relations, Matamec Explorations
Caroline Wilson spent her early career as a geologist for the Quebec Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) mapping volcanic rocks in the Quebec Abitibi region and went on to work for several Senior and Junior mining companies exploring for gold, base metals and diamonds in Quebec and Africa. After this she became involved in Investor Relations with Osisko Mining Corp. She is presently a shareholder and Director of Investor Relations for Matamec Explorations Inc. Caroline graduated with a BSc in Geological Sciences from McGill University and a Masters Degree in Geochemistry from Université de Montréal. She is a founding member of the Association des Géologues du Québec.
Peter DickieCEO, Quantum Rare Earth Developments
Peter Dickie is the CEO of Quantum Rare Earth Developments. Peter has over 20 years of business experience with both public and private companies holding numerous senior management positions. His background includes 4 years in the Securities industry with Jones, Gable & Co. Peter has served on the board of a number public companies, including Lateegra Gold Corp. where he made an instrumental contribution to Lateegra being takeover. Peter is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria (B.C.).
Gerry ClarkeStrategic Metals Expert
Dr Gerry Clarke, is a Mine Geologist and Applied Mineralogist and former lecturer in Applied Mineralogy at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is a former Editor for the Industrial Minerals, and an Executive Director of Metal Bulletin. Gerry has written extensively across the spectrum of industrial minerals, and organised and chaired many conferences on behalf of Industrial Minerals Magazine and made numerous presentations to others' events over the years. Gerry is also the compiler and publisher of the Magnesia Availability Wall Map and, in partnership with P W Harben, Inc., the creator of the Magnesia Availability Wall Map.
Todd HoulahanDirector Int'l Mining Group, Olympus Innov-X
Todd Houlahan is ther Director of International Mining for OIympus Innov X. After 7 years as a contaminated land consultant, Todd first used a handheld X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer in 2000. Since then, Todd has been at the heart of the Portable XRF revolution in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He worked with Niton analyzers for 8 years in various positions based in Australia, Germany and the UK, finally as Global Business Development Manager (Exploration and Mining). For the last 3 years Todd has led the International Mining Group at Olympus Innov-X. Todd graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in soils and hydrology.
Richard ThompsonAnalyst, Objective Capital Research
Richard Thompson is a graduate mining engineer (Camborne) and has worked for over 40 years in the mining industry. His expertise covers mining techniques, the application of mining equipment, mine project evaluation, mining investment promotion and project management.
John MenziesChairman, Cmi Capital
John Menzies has more than 25 years' experience in the resource sector. John currently serves as the Chairman of CMI Capital Limited. Prior to this John was Chief Executive Officer of Euromax and Steppe Gold Resources. John commenced his career as a geologist, in Houston Oil & Minerals and Amax Iron Ore Corporation. He also served as Vice President of Exploration for Carbine Gold. As a consultant John focused on the financial aspects of the natural resources sectors and has been involved in the successful development of mining and energy projects internationally. He has held several non-executive Directorships including Atlantic Coal. John is also the Chairman of the SE Europe Geoscience Foundation, a not-for-profit geoscience education foundation. He is a Member of professional societies in Australia, North America and Europe. Mr. Menzies holds a BSc.(Hons) in geology.
Nick ParryHermitage Consulting
Nick trained as an auditor before embarking on a career in Executive Search. His audit work focused on metal & engineering along with technology/material science based companies. Nick has worked across a broad range of industries mainly focused in the mining and metals sector and materials value chain. In Executive Search Nick is also working closely with emerging companies involved in Clean-tech and Disruptive technologies. In addition to running his firm Hermitage Consulting, Nick is also a Special Advisor to a technology fund (GDI) that invests in early stage material science based technologies.
Mark HawkesFounder, Stragenda
Mark Hawkes was an investment analyst for almost two decades and best known as the former Head of Media Research at Charterhouse Securities, where he was also a Director and Deputy Head of Research. Unusually amongst City analysts, over the years he covered a number of different sectors, placing in the top ten in Extel/Reuters industry rankings in every sector he followed. More recently, Mark has been an active angel investor with interests in several early stage ventures and, as such, has a broad range of experience in dealing with companies from start-ups to FTSE 100 constituents. Mark now runs his own business advisory company, Stragenda.
Carl RichardsonUK Representative of Terravision Radares SL
Carl Richardson is the UK representative of Terravision Radares SL. Terravision provides geophysical surveys and 3D mapping of structures to a depth of 200m using innovative, precise, field proven, proprietary ground penetrating radar technology to deliver an efficient and cost-effective service.
Carl has over 30 years' experience in a commercial, international and investment banking during his career with Midland Bank and HSBC Group, specialising in project and international trade finance. He is now Managing Director, Discover Project Solutions, a business finance advisory and consultancy company founded in 2006. He is an Associate of IFS School of Finance (formerly Chartered Institute of Bankers).
Rex KontorExecutive Director, Weston Capital
Rex Kontor is an Executive director of Weston Capital Management, a UK based Private Equity and Venture Capital Consultancy. Weston Capital also has an office in Ghana where deal-sourcing for investment projects from the West Africa region is coordinated. Rex is project managing the establishment of a Ghana-focused microfinance Investment fund for Weston Capital. Prior to joining Weston Capital, Rex was Compliance and Productivity Manager for Tesco UK where he project managed cost saving initiatives for the company.
Bill de LucyManaging Director, Denver International
Bill de Lucy has supported institutional investors and independent intermediaries worldwide for a number of leading international fund managers including Gartmore, Target and Investec. He has covered all major global markets, but in recent years has concentrated on distribution in the Far East and Middle East on behalf of carefully selected alternative investment managers.
Bill started his career on the London Stock Exchange before moving into fund management sales. He served as International Sales Director for two major international fund management companies, dramatically increasing funds under management and building relationships with Offshore Life Offices. He is now a successful independent Sales Consultant for alternative investment fund managers and investment strategists.
Luis SaenzCEO, Li3 Energy
Luis Saenz has been CEO of Li3 since October 2009 and has over 18 years of experience in the mining industry. Luis was formerly employed at Standard Bank's investment banking unit, Standard Amer-icas in New York and Peru where he headed Standard's mining and metals team in the Americas. Previously Luis worked for Pechiney World Trade in the base metals trading area before joining Merrill Lynch as Vice-President for Commodities in Latin America. He is also CEO and President and a Director of Loreto Resources Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors of Coronet Metals. Luis graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international affairs.