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cma & Geological society business forum 2nd annual conference

delivering the uk's critical minerals ambitions 

On the 28th November 2022, the Critical Minerals Association and the Geological Society Business Forum welcomed industry experts and representatives to Burlington House for a series of talks and discussions on delivering the UK's recently published Critical Minerals Strategy.


The event began with an APPG Critical Minerals breakfast reception in the House of Commons where Baroness Northover, outlined the importance of critical minerals.


The event concluded with a drinks reception welcoming wider industry, government officials and support services.


We would like to thank Cherilyn Mackrory MP for her continuous support of the APPG Critical Minerals and for actively engaging with the industry.

Thank you to our co-convenors, The Geological Society of London, for their support, and our sponsors, SRK Consulting, Tungsten West, Sovereign Metals, Minviro, Minexia, Dalradian.


The release of the UK's Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022 represents a significant milestone for the sector, and covers a wide breadth of issues, from creating an enabling environment in the UK, to responsible sourcing and international collaboration.

We look forward to welcoming you all again next year!


You can watch session recordings here.

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  • Kirsty Benham & Jeff Townsend, Founders, Critical Minerals Association

  • Peter Dolan, Founder, Geological Society Business Forum

critical minerals industry overview

  • Julian Kettle, Wood Mackenzie

UK government & the critical minerals strategy

  • Matt Hatfield, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Ros Lund, Department for International Trade

  • Joseph Mansour, Department for International Trade

  • Chaired by Jeff Townsend, Critical Minerals Association

UK Government's BEIS Expert Committee

  • Guy Winter, Fasken

  • Jeremy Wrathall, Cornish Lithium

  • Frances Wall, Camborne School of Mines

  • Chaired by Jeff Townsend, Critical Minerals Association

Critical minerals intelligence cenre OVerview

Paul Lusty, British Geological Survey

rare earth elements - global geological overview

Martin Pittuck, SRK Consulting

rare earth elements- uk midstream development

  • Ian Higgins, Less Common Metals

  • Paul Atherley, Pensana

  • Allan Walton, Hypromag

  • Chaired by Jeff Townsend, Critical Minerals Association

Research & Innovation

  • Frances Wall, Camborne School of Mines

  • Sam Broom-Fendley, E-Tech Resources

  • Lucy Smith, MPIUK

  • Chaired by Will Drury, UKRI

Base metals - global geological overview

Tom Stock, SRK Consulting

ESG, Law & Governance

  • Ellie Inglis-Woolcock, Cornwall Council

  • Jane Joughin, SRK Consulting

  • Tim Baines, Mayer Brown

  • Chaired by Emma Beatty, Minehutte

overseas diplomatic support

  • Rob Macaire, Rio Tinto

  • Charles Douglas Hamilton, Optiva Resources

  • George Frangeskides, GreenRoc Mining

  • Chaired by Joseph Mansour, UK Government DIT

Geological data & Geophysics surveys

  • Drew Craig, Aberdeen Minerals

  • Richard Williams, Cornish Metals

  • Patrick Anderson, Dalradian

  • David Cather, Tungsten West

  • Chaired by Paul Lusty, BGS

funding mining projects

  • Amanda van Dyke, ARCH Emerging Partners

  • Richard Lloyd, Minexia

  • Alice England, Ecora Resources

  • John Gale, BMO

  • Chaired by Jonathan Henry, Giyani Metals

battery materials - global  geological overview

Angela O'Rourke, Geoscience Australia

supplying gigafactories

  • Nick Wells, Jaguar Land Rover

  • Milan Thakore, Green Lithium

  • George Donne, Giyani Metals

  • Ellen Lenny-Pessagno, Albemarle

  • Chaired by Darryn Quayle, Worley

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