Tutors Bob Thompson, Bill Whitehead
Julian has worked in the extractives industry all his life. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Quarrying he focussed on operational management. He ran a range of mineral extractives
sites throughout the UK but more recently managed multi million tonne operations in the Middle East. Latterly he joined the Institute of Quarrying as Head of Educational and Standards working closely with stakeholders and educational institutions to develop and run a range a qualifications and training for the industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and holds a Post Grad Diploma in Education.
A Chartered Mining Engineer working worldwide on mining and construction projects. Strong links to Derbyshire mining, having previously managed local fluorspar and lead mines and a long serving Juryman for the Great Barmote Court.
A mathematical geologist with over 50 years background in computer applications, and long experience in providing services to the mining industry on 6 continents. After working for national geological surveys in Australia and the UK in the 1970s, he was co-founder of DATAMINE and has run his own geological software and mining consultancy businesses since 1981. This has included extensive work with the minerals industry in Russia and central Asia, as well as contract research with the British Geological Survey and with CSIRO in Australia.
Recently retired from commercial project work, he is still active in EU-funded research and innovation projects, particularly concerned with development of robotic methods for underground mines.
Peter has nearly 50 years experience mostly at the sharp end of the minerals industry. He is a metallurgist who started in the steel industry prior to his degree at Cambridge University. He held senior positions with Anglo American on the Zambian Copperbelt, and at Glebe Mines fluorspar operation in the Derbyshire Peak District; and has been an independent freelance since 2000. He has had connections with Ecton Mine and Geoff Cox since the mid-1980s. He is Secretary of The British Aggregates Association, a member of the CBI Minerals Group and the UK National Minerals Forum; and has various business interests in the industrial minerals industry in the UK, Europe and globally; and is also a Director of MAUK (Mining Association of the UK) and Amemptos Music.
I am an exploration and mining geologist (C. Geol) with over 25 years of experience in the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste and 7 years of experience of exploration, environmental impact assessment and mining feasibility for the Kayelekera uranium deposit in Northern Malawi, Africa. I retired from the British Geological Survey in 2016 and am currently a member of the Government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Disposal. I undertook a PhD on caves and mines in the Peak District and, as an active caver and mine explorer, have been studying the underground world of the Peak District since the mid 1970’s, including the mines of the Ecton Area. I am a director (editor) of the Peak District Mines Historical Society and the mine manager of their Temple Mine in Matlock Bath.
Ruth Allington has more than 38 years of experience as a consultant to the construction raw materials sector, specialising in the evaluation of resources and reserves and in the responsible design of quarries and pits to recover them. In addition to her BSc and MSc degrees, she also has an MBA, and she is a qualified commercial and community mediator and facilitator and experienced expert witness. Ruth is the current President of the Geological Society of London.
She is committed to promoting the highest professional standards amongst geologists and others involved in the application of geoscience, particularly through the promotion of professional titles such as CEng, CGeol, and EurGeol. She has served on the Council of the Geological Society of London and is a past President of the European Federation of Geologists. For many years, she has been a member of the Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC).
She is passionate about promoting ‘joined up thinking’ and encouraging collaborative approaches to problem definition, problem solving and dispute resolution based on effective communication and co-operation between the wide range of professional disciplines involved in quarry design, planning and management, and also in facilitating effective communication between the public and operators or developers (and their advisors). A particular interest is in mentoring of students and young professionals aspiring to commence or progress careers in geoscience and mining.
MPhil in Organic Chemistry, Nottingham Uni 1977-79, awarded 1981
Editorial Assistant/Information Scientist for the Royal Society of Chemistry 1981-89, Freelance scientific literature work 1989-91, PGCE Science/Chemistry teaching 1991-92, Science/Chemistry Teacher Rushcliffe School 1992-2008, Chemistry Teacher Nottingham Girls’ High School 2008-16 (Retirement)
I attended Ecton Mine on Field Trips with NGHS for the last 5-6 years, maybe more. On my last “working” visit, I was invited to become a Tutor, which I readily accepted. After a brief period of training, including requirements for underground visits to Salt’s Level, I started assisting with school visits
I am a geoscientist with more than 45 years of experience. After working as a mine geologist in the Yorkshire Coalfield for 12 years, I moved on to seismic exploration for coal, potash and other minerals focussing on seismic interpretation and delineating geological structure to aid mine planning. My prospect experience includes projects in UK, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Africa, Argentina and Canada.
With a background as a mining engineer I moved into the world of professional bodies responsible for the professional standards and competence of individuals practicing in mining and engineering around the world. Although I am now retired I continue to hold Board appointments with national and international regulatory and standards organisations which I find professionally stimulating and thoroughly rewarding.
My direction in life was established while still at school and was in no small part due to Ecton Mine which enthralled me from the time I first heard of it from Geoff Cox who then owned it. Almost 40 years later, and ravaged by time (see pic), I had the opportunity to become a founding trustee of EMET and to put something back into Ecton Mine to which I owe so much.