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Event Schedule

With 35+ speakers from government, industry and academia globally, the event schedule was packed with discussions and insights around the geopolitical context of the UK and partners securing critical minerals. 

Final Schedule

On the 27th November 2023, the Critical Minerals Association (UK) and the Geological Society Business Forum (GBSF) welcomed experts from industry and representatives from UK and foreign Government at Burlington House for a day of addresses, fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, and dialogue tables about the UK opportunity for critical minerals.  


The event began with a Breakfast Reception at the House of Commons, hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory MP, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Critical Minerals. We would like to thank Cherilyn for her continuous leadership and for actively engaging with industry. 


The conference concluded with a Drinks Reception at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister of State for the Department of Business & Trade, welcomed our guests with a speech about the newly published Advanced Manufacturing Plan, and the first-ever UK Battery Strategy.   


Thank you to our co-convenors, the Geological Society of London and the Royal Society of Chemistry, for their support. The two Societies had never joint-hosted an event before despite being located next to one another in Burlington House since 1857 by a secret adjoining door, which was open specially for our conference.  


Thank you to our conference sponsors SRK Consulting, Cornish Metals, Trade and Investment Queensland, Imperial College London, and Met4Tech; and thank you to our Drinks Reception sponsors Bell Geospace, Mayer Brown, ARCH Emerging Markets Partners, and Northern Lithium. Finally thank you to our platinum sponsor Satarla, and to our media partner Critical Productions, who coordinated the filming of the event.  


We look forward to welcoming you all again next year! 


Watch the recordings of our conference sessions below.


Read a summary of the conference here. 

Watch our event video produced by Critical Productions



Minister Ghani, Department for Business and Trade

Global Overview: Geopolitics, Demand & Supply Trends

Suzanne Shaw, Wood MackenzieMackenzie

The Minerals Security Partnership (MSP): International Partnerships & Approaches to Critical Minerals

Chair – Matthew Hatfield (UK Department for Business & Trade)

Panel – Rachael Parrish (US Department of State), Marcin Zydowicz (Canadian High Commission), Ana Nishnianidze (Australian Trade & Investment Commission)

Canada: Your Trusted Critical Minerals Producer

Hon. Ralph E. Goodale, High Commissioner for Canada in the UK

The provinces and regions

  • Chair: Jeff Townsend (Critical Minerals International Alliance)

  • Address: Tony Knight, (Government of Queensland)

  • Fireside Chat: David Stewart (Agent-General, Queensland)

  • Fireside Chat: Hon. George Pirie (Minister of Mines, Ontario)

  • Fireside Chat: Ranj Pillai (Premier, Yukon)

  • Fireside Chat: Nathalie Camden (Deputy Minister of Mines, Quebec)

Saudi Arabia: An Emerging Minerals & Metals Hub

  • HE Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice-Minister for Mining Affairs for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The EU’s Critical Raw Materials Approach

Dylan Geraets (Mayer Brown)

A Just Transition in Africa

  • Chair – Baroness Northover (House of Lords)

  • Panel – Stacy Hope (Women in Mining UK), Madeline R. Young (University of Northampton), Veronica Bolton Smith (The Connect Africa Network), Joseph Mansour (UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)

The UK’s Geological Potential

  • Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey)

Fertile Ground: Minerals Rights, Planning & Permitting, and Developing Local Infrastructure & Utilities

  • Chair – Mike Armitage (Geological Society Business Forum)

  • Panel – Eva Marquis (Camborne School of Mines), Richard Williams (Cornish Metals), Nick Pople (Northern Lithium), Charles Pembroke (ERM)

UK Innovation, Scientific Cooperation & Skills Gaps

  • Chair – Dan Smith (University of Leicester)

  • Panel – Sheena Hindocha (Innovate UK KTN), Nic Stirk (Materials Nexus), Christian Peters (Seloxium), Sabine Anderson (SRK Consulting)

Waste Collection & Recycling

  • Chair – Julie-Ann Adams (European Electronics Recyclers Association)

  • Panel – Lilia Giuttari-Lickovski (Department for Business & Trade), Chris O’Brien (AMTE Power), Ros Lund (Coal Authority)

Essential Materials: Uniting Industries

  • Chair – Lucy Smith (Materials Processing Institute)

  • Panel – David Payne (Mineral Products Association), Izzi Monk (Royal Society of Chemistry, Sarah Connolly (Innovate UK), Jacqui Murray (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland)

Responsible Financing

  • Chair – Sarah Gordon (Satarla)

  • Panel – Amanda van Dyke (ARCH Emerging Markets Partners), Fiona Clouder (ClouderVista), Christophe Roux (Societe Generale), Jamie Strauss (Digbee)

Chemicals & Downstream: Joining up Supply Chains

  • Chair – Margery Ryan (Johnson Matthey)

  • Panel – Anna Gibbs (Phillips66), Luke Hampton (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), Grant Smith (Less Common Metals)

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