First Class from Camborne
School of Mines (1967)
OF KEY EXPERIENCE
Technical management of
quarry and open pit mining operations within the UK, Southern Africa and
South America. Particular specialisation in blasting and rock excavation.
Quarry and open pit design
and contract negotiation.
Feasibility studies on
industrial and base metal deposits.
July 2001 - Retired
Aug 88 - July 01-
School of Mines, University of Exeter, Cornwall
Lecturer, Mining Department, specialising in surface mining, explosives,
financial evaluation, mining contract and project management. Much of
the course design and lecturing carried out for the MSc Mining Engineering
Course Director -
BEng Hons Mining Engineering, until semi-retirement in 1999.
Visiting Lecturer on
Mining Finance to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques
Industrielles et des Mines d'Ales in the South of France.
Engineer specialising in mineral evaluation, mine contracting, quarry
and rock excavation and explosive useage. Carried out such
diverse assignments as:
full review of the blasting operations at Wheal Martyn China Clay Quarry
Member of a team which carried out a Feasibility Study on the Amantaytau
Gold project in Uzbekistan.
blast design recommendations for the rock excavation needed for a sewerage
treatment plant in the middle of St Ives, Cornwall.
Reviewing the likely affect of the blasting operations at a planned
surface mine, on the structure of the adjacent Megget Aquaduct in the
Lothian Region of Scotland.
Co-ordinating the preparation of a "competent person's"
report on the Galmoy Zinc Mine Project in the Irish
Sep 85 - Jun 88 -
Alfred McAlpine Energy Ltd, Wrexham, Clwyd
Held the positions of both General and Technical Manager until the Group
decided to withdraw from its UK coal based operations in May 1988.
During that time was responsible for all tendering, tender document reviews
and the preparation of feasibility type studies for all minerals related
May 82 - Jul 85
- Iscor Ltd,
Pretoria, South Africa
Open pit Mining Engineer in the Head Office based Mining Engineering and
Consulting team where duties included: general opencast mine and quarry
consulting with particular reference to drilling, blasting and mine
restoration; working on feasibility studies for new surface mineral deposits
within Southern Africa. This included all the planning work for a large
limestone quarry near Pretoria and an open pit tin mine in Namibia.
Before transfer to Head
Office was Mine Planning Engineer for two years at Sishen iron ore mine in
Cape Province. During this time carried out medium and long term planning
and evaluation operations for this deep open pit mine which had a total
capacity of over 100Mt/year.
Apr 80 - May 81 -
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Technical Manager, providing a mining engineering back-up service to a very
large construction and mining machinery sales company operating in Saudi
Oct 77 - Mar 80
- Ingersoll-Rand Co Ltd,
Sales Engineer covering drilling, quarrying and mining products in
and the South West of England.
May 71 - Sep
77 - Ritchies Equipment Ltd,
Production engineering and management with a UK based rock excavation
contractor working in the UK surface mining and quarrying industry. During
this period was twice seconded to companies in the Middle East as a
specialist rock excavation consultant.
Aug 67 - Apr 71 -
Demerara Bauxite Ltd,
Guyana, South America
Mining Engineer, responsible for planning and production from various
bauxite strip mining operations.