Chris has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Canberra University 1975) and an MBA (AGSM 2002). He possesses broad experience in civil construction fields including site investigation of land-based and marine-based developments and particular expertise in large resource projects.
Chris has more than 40 years’ experience in resource projects, including site investigation and construction of infrastructure (plant sites, heap leach facilities, roads, railways and airstrips and TSFs). He has completed many strategy studies and financial analyses of TSF options including concept designs from project start up through to project closure.
Chris’ 30+ years involvement with TSFs covers aspects of design, construction, auditing and tailings/residue management reviews for a large number of projects covering a range of commodities including: alumina residue, bauxite residue, base metals (copper, lead and zinc), coal, gold, graphite, lithium, iron ore, manganese, nickel (sulphide and laterite), phosphate residues, rare earth residues, uranium and vanadium.
Chris has experience in the following regions:
- United Kingdom
- Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)
- Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Vietnam)
- West Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal), East Africa (Ethiopia, Tanzania) and Southern Africa (Mozambique, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo)
- South America (Brazil, Chile, Guyana and Uruguay)
Chris has experience in the following climatic regimes:
- Tropical (high rainfall)
- Humid Savannah (high seasonal rainfall)
- Hyper Arid.
- Dry stacked tailings storage facilities (DSTSF)
- In-pit TSFs
- Integrated waste landforms (IWL), which is a TSF within a mine waste dump.
Working in collaboration with REC, Jim is an expert in the management of surface and groundwater resources as these relate to, or may be influenced by, mining or mineral processing operations. He has a great depth of experience in the extraction and refining of mineral resources. He has worked extensively in Australia and Africa and is also familiar with aspects of mining and mineral processing in Asia and the Americas.
Jim helps clients to:
- Sort out or rank issues to be addressed by audit or due-diligence enquiry
- Solve problems across the disciplines of Safety, Security, Health, Environment and Community (SSHEC)
- Secure a stable platform against risks to people or client organisations
- Strategise the continual improvement of SSHEC matters
- Sustain the company and its social licence through stakeholder engagement or an appropriate level of transparency.
With an understanding of many jurisdictions, Jim may be able to support REC clients on matters which might include:
- Employee and community health
- Community development and participation
- Overwatch and liaison with specialists to secure credible approvals, achievable conditions and compliance, as well as realistic acceptance by stakeholders
- Identification of client strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats, risk ranking and sensitivity analyses, to support feasibility studies and project innovation
- Contributing to the optimisation of feasibility, life of mine and closure studies
- ‘Future’ preparedness, stability of power and the supply chain, manning and training programs
- Loss prevention, security and protection of people and assets in remote travel or work.