Mining Technology board

Chair: Christine Blackmore

I am an Associate Director at Wardell Armstrong LLP working as a Geo-Environmentalist and Environmental Auditor with some 15 years experience in Environmental Management in the International Mining and Metallurgical Industry. I am an Accredited Lead Cyanide Auditor with the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI), for the gold mining industry. Many of my projects have also included aspects of Health and Safety, Hazop, Emergency Response procedures, I have also worked on sensitive political, social and economic studies where interaction with interested stakeholders were complex (e.g. State Governor, Government Ministers, Mining Police executive, mining unions etc.). I have presented at large scale community gatherings, NGO`s and liaised with both national and local government agencies.

My work in the mining and metallurgical industry has taken me to Europe (Sweden, Spain and Northern Ireland), Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Morocco, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia and China.

I was elected (January 2016) Chairman of Mining Technology Division Board IOM3, prior to this I was the first lady President of the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals (WIMM) 2011-2015, WIMM Hon.Secretary 2005-2011.

Christine is a nominated finalist as being in the top 100 inspirational Women in Mining in the world.

Robert Bacon

After graduating in Metallurgy & Materials Science from the University of Wales in 1982, I worked for 5 years as a research scientist in a corrosion section. I then turned to the industrial insurance market & have in the last 28 years worked for Factory Mutual, Commercial Union, Wellington 2020 Syndicate at Lloyds, as a consultant [Bacon Risk Engineering] and now work as Engineer Construction & Mineral Processing at Chubb Technical Risks in London.

My work takes me all over the world looking at a wide variety of construction and mining projects providing practical advise to clients to reduce their property and business interruption risk profile to support the underwriting of these risks in the London market.

I am a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and of course Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and joined the MinSouth Council in 2011, becoming President in the 2015/16 year & the joined the MTD board in 2014.

Alan Auld

Alan is a Civil Engineer by training who joined Cementation Mining Ltd in 1977 as their Chief Design Engineer at the beginning of the development of the Selby Coalfield work. After 13 years he left to become a co-founder of the Civil, Mining and Geotechnical Company, I W Farmer and Partners Ltd, which subsequently became Alan Auld Associates Ltd, and is now the Alan Auld Group Ltd. The Group has carried out major design works for deep shaft and tunnel construction and underground mining development for over 25 years and currently also has a Canadian company within the Group, Alan Auld (Canada) Ltd, carrying out design and construction work for the Saskatchewan potash mines.

Andrew Fulton

The Principal and Founder of GatesBridge Ltd, has accumulated over 20 years of experience within the global mining environment and delivered best value options in Southern Africa, Russia and the UK.

By understanding what shapes both the business of today and that of the future Andrew engages on-site teams to solve the complex operational and business situations which operations encounter

Andrew offers support to investors, emerging and established miners   considering the best value option (BVO) for their investment or current operations

Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with first-hand experience in leading operational, technical and business teams across the commodity value chain.


David Seath

David is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

David worked for 25 years with the British Coal Corporation.  Most of this time was spent in management positions at coal mines.  He was Colliery Manager at Comrie Colliery, Polmaise Colliery and Monktonhall Colliery before being promoted to the company headquarters.  He advised on health and safety legislative matters for the privatisation of British Coal.  Represented the UK on the Committee on Safety and Health in Mines set up by the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.  Member of European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Working Party on Rescue, Mine Fires and Explosions as well as various ECSC research committees.

After leaving British Coal he was a consultant and worked on projects in the UK, the EU and the USA.  Regular commentator on radio covering incidents at mines throughout the world (e.g. Chile, New Zealand, etc).

He has been a member of the minerals and mining local society in Scotland for 50 years and was the President in 1994/95.  Served on various IMinE national committees.  In 2009 he was awarded an Outstanding Service Award from IOM3 and in 2014 was awarded the Sir Andrew Bryan Medal.  Presently, he is the Company Secretary of The Mining Institute of Scotland (a private limited company registered in Scotland), a Trustee of the Mining Institute of Scotland Trust and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum Scotland.

Wyn Griffith

Having begun his career with the then National Coal Board in the Barnsley Area Drawing Office. Wyn progressed into the amalgamated drawing office in the newly formed North Yorkshire Area and became involved with the introduction of the CAD drawing systems and also the coal face design aspects of the Mechanisation Department.

Specialising in these aspects, Wyn progressed becoming Coalface Design Engineer, holding this position into the privatisation of the coal industry before becoming Operations Engineer in the multi-disciplinary head office engineering department of UK Coal.

After 30 plus years’ service in the coalmining industry, Wyn took up a new opportunity with Alan Auld Engineering Ltd in 2011, a specialist civil and mining engineering consultancy company with specialist knowledge in shaft, tunnelling and decline design, bringing his own skills and expertise to complement the existing skill base within the company.

Wyn is a Past President of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining.

Norman Jackson

Norman is an acknowledged authority on mining engineering and industry restructuring including the environmental impacts. After a successful career in mining he was appointed as Project Team Leader for the privatisation of British Coal Corporation (BCC). The experience gained during this period, when he was involved in detailed negotiations with Merchant Bankers, Legal Advisors and DTI officials in addition to BC Board members has provided him with a unique insight into the practicalities of industry restructuring

Prior to his involvement with BCC privatisation Norman Jackson was Head of Technical Services for the North East Group of BCC from 1988 to 1993. This was the period when BCC transformed itself from an organisation driven by output targets to one driven by cost targets. He was instrumental in implementing this transformation in the North East Group. Subsequently owing to economic pressures facing the Coal Industry played a leading role in the closing down of the coalfield in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner.

Since leaving BCC he has embarked on a successful career as an independent international management and mining consultant and has worked in association with many clients over a number of years on projects in the coal industries and related industries throughout the world. A recognised strategic thinker with a proven track record with many and varied clients and has gained a reputation as a highly respected expert witness to the Courts.

Rod Stace

I have worked as a professional mining engineer both within industry and academia since 1968. I worked as a mining engineer in a variety of roles for British Coal up to 1995. Following that I moved into the University of Nottingham. Until recently I was Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil Engineering. In recent years, I taught undergraduates and post graduate students in Engineering Communications, Project and Construction Management, but prior to that I also taught a number of Mining Engineering subjects. My main research interest is in soft rock geotechnics, specifically in mine ground control. I was Principal Investigator on a number of research projects funded by the EU through its Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) programme. I have co-authored a book and published book chapters and journal papers and presented at International Conferences on many aspects of mining.

In addition to my academic duties, I provided consultancy services in a range of engineering activities. This included expert witness work in legal cases and also the provision of advice on geotechnical aspects of mine planning for mining companies. I also managed commercial rock testing activities at the University, as well as offering testing and advice on the use of non-metallic materials underground.

I am a member of the IOM3 Local Affairs Board, a member of the Institute’s Divisional Board for Mining Technology and a committee member of the International Mining and Minerals Association (IMMa). I am a Past-President (1998 – 1999) of the South Midlands Mining and Minerals Institute. I remain on the council of that society as Treasurer.

Pat Foster

Dr Patrick Foster is the Director of Education and Associate Professor in Mine Safety at the Camborne School of Mines, part of the University of Exeter, where he lectures and undertakes research into the health, safety and working environment aspects of mining and quarrying. His particular research interests are in safety and risk management systems, human factors and safety culture & climate change and has worked extensively with the international mining industry in these areas.

He graduated in Mining Engineering from the University of Nottingham and continued there to undertake a PhD looking into safety risk assessment in the mining industry supported by British Coal. He then joined International Mining Consultants Ltd as a Mine Safety Consultant where he was involved in health & safety management system audits, risk assessment training and research in the UK, India and South Africa, before moving to Camborne in 2000.

As well as sitting on the MTD, he is the Chair of IMMa as well as a Council Member of the Mining Association of the UK and the Mining Industry representative on the UK’s implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative.

Aims and objectives

Our objectives include:

To promote the interest of Mining Technology within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

To represent the interests of members in all the fields of mining technology.

To promote and co-ordinate transfer of information within the Division by means of National Conferences, Local Conferences/Seminars, Materials World and the IOM3 Website.

To provide a link between the local societies having Mining Technology interests(both Home and Overseas) and the Council of the Institute.

To forge links with other organisations whose interest is directly or indirectly connected with mining technology to promote the objects of the Institute.