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Mark Kirkbride
Chief Executive Officer

Mark has more than 26 years’ experience in the mining and civil engineering industries, primarily in underground construction and operations and has worked on a wide range of mine developments, operational mines, tunnelling and heavy civil engineering construction projects. His mining expertise includes deep shaft sinking, hard and soft rock tunnel developments and production operations.

Mark has also held a series of leadership roles within a wide range of specialist businesses. These roles have incorporated strategic development, project financing, mergers/acquisitions and divestments.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering and a Master of Philosophy in Geomechanics, both from Camborne School of Mines. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer.

Simon Zanker
Operations Director

Simon is a highly qualified and accomplished Mining Engineer, with over 36 years’ experience in mining having commenced his career as an underground worker on both the coal face and in mine development before becoming the Colliery Manager at Hargreaves Maltby Mine. Having experience in some of the most arduous mining conditions, Simon has introduced changes in working practices which have increased efficiency and productivity from underground coal production units.  Simon held the position of Mining Operations Director for Hargreaves Industrial Services Ltd before joining WCM in 2018.

Helen Davies
Head of Communications

Helen has spent the last six years leading all of the communications and PR aspects at WCM and has been a key member of the team delivering planning.

With the majority of her career having been spent in the City within the Lloyd’s of London reinsurance broking environment and property market, she gained valuable experience working for both large corporate organisations and small boutique broking houses in a variety of client facing roles.

Richard Round 
Interim Finance Director

Richard has a successful track record in senior finance and leadership roles in a range of quoted and private companies. Most recently Richard, as CEO, led the strategy and ultimate sale of the largest independent hydro-energy developer in the UK, Green Highland Renewables. Richard now holds a portfolio of Non-Executive and advisory roles, including Chairman of Cyberhawk Innovations and Non-Executive Director at Anglo Asian Mining plc.

Previously, Richard was Acting Chief Executive at quoted Novera Energy plc where he led the sale of the landfill gas, wind and hydro group; prior to this he held a series of finance director roles in the coal, mining and energy sectors, and has specific knowledge and experience in the UK coal sector.

Edward McLaughlin
Project Support Technician

Edward who was born and educated in Whitehaven, has extensive knowledge of the local area. His wealth of practical experience is ideally suited to the role of managing the WCM fleet of vehicles as well as maintaining the office and Haig Museum site.



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Latest News & Events

Planning Inquiry – People of Copeland Get Your Voice heard

WCM has been approached by many of the local community, frustrated by news reports that ‘local’ people do not want the mine to go ahead.