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We are currently recruiting a Civil Engineering Project Manager to be based at West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) Woodhouse Colliery project office in Whitehaven, West Cumbria. 

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Mark Kirkbride
Chief Executive Officer

Mark has more than 25 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 five 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.

Peter Altounyan
Technical Director

Peter is a Chartered Mining Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy with more than 40 years’ experience working in both the UK and International underground coal mining sectors. Before joining West Cumbria Mining, he was Technical Director at Golder Associates UK, being heavily involved with a wide range of new and existing underground coal mining projects.

Peter brings a wealth of practical and technical knowledge and experience to WCM, which has proven invaluable in driving the project forwards.

Alexander Garcia-Gonzales
Technical Manager

Alexander joined West Cumbria Mining as a Mining Engineer, from an established career providing advice and technical expertise to the underground mining industry. He has worked with numerous underground mines worldwide, to successfully implement effective rock bolting technology and ground monitoring systems, to improve safety, productivity and efficiency.

Alexander played a key part in the production and completion of WCM’s Definitive Feasibility study in Spring 2019.

Ian Rae
Head of Programme

Ian spent 28 years working for British Nuclear Fuels in a variety of roles including environmental monitoring, health physics, plant safety, control system design, installation and commissioning with the final 15 years focused on project and programme management. He was subsequently Head of Site for NuGen at the Moorside site.

Ian is a qualified Chartered Engineer and Registered Project Professional and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner. Ians late father was a Bevan Boy during World War II and worked at Harrington No 10 Colliery at Lowca in Cumbria.’

Colin Sharpe
Supply Chain Manager

Colin started his career in the pharmaceutical industry where he experienced a number of technical roles in a manufacturing environment. After five years, he left to read for a degree in accounting and finance at Lancaster University. Colin has a keen interest in business development and commercial management and joined WCM from a management position at the Port of Workington where his role had centred around specialist logistics and programme management.

Jacob Armstrong
Mining Engineer

Jacob joined West Cumbria Mining at the beginning of 2017 as a graduate from Camborne School of Mines and has a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering.

Jacob has been instrumental in helping to develop the technical economic model and its integration into the greater financial model. He has worked extensively in mine planning and scheduling, using the Deswik software, to analyse many different scenarios and iterations of the mine and feeding this information into the financial model.

Henry Coomber
Technical Assistant

Henry joined WCM in February 2018 as an intern and following his six-month placement, became a full-time member of the WCM team.  Henry works alongside the Technical Team, researching data and writing reports and documents including studies on seismicity.

Henry actively participates in the WCM mentoring programme and is currently learning more about the corporate finance function and strategic business planning.

Dennis Rowland
Project Geologist

Dennis completed his bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences (Industrial) at the University of Leeds. He gained experience in geological research and modelling in the UK  and has worked on exploration programmes in Australia. He has been actively involved with the exploration phase of the project at WCM and provides geological support for the Technical Team.

Jasmine Nock
Project Assistant

Jasmine is WCM’s recruitment and training lead, supporting our pre-registration, engagement, apprenticeship and employee development programmes. She graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Geology. Afterwards, she went on to complete a postgraduate certificate of education in 2017A qualified geography teacher, Jasmine has developed skills which enable her to communicate effectively with training and recruitment suppliers and applicants for all roles at WCM.

Rohin Shah
Junior Mining Engineer

Following his graduation from Camborne School of Mines with a degree in Mining Engineering, Rohin joined WCM to support the technical mining team in the detailed engineering, mine design and modelling work to take the project into construction readiness.

Whilst studying, to gain further experience, Rohin worked at a minerals and metals consultancy where he gained experience researching the global steel and tungsten markets.

Edward McLaughlin
Project Support Technician

Edward has extensive practical experience and is responsible for managing and maintaining the WCM fleet of vehicles and the Haig Museum site.

 

 

Kevin Murphy
Programme Management Consultant

Kevin is an experienced project management professional.  During his career he has completed a number of large-scale projects across a variety of industries. Kevin uses appropriate management methods and tools to ensure subcontractors know their remit and projects are delivered to time and cost.

Kevin is an experienced project management professional.  During his career he has completed a number of large-scale projects across a variety of industries. Kevin uses appropriate management methods and tools to ensure subcontractors know their remit and projects are delivered to time and cost.

Caroline Leatherdale
Environmental Adviser

Caroline’s expertise covers planning, construction and operational environmental & sustainability management in the civil engineering and extractive industries. Working on award-winning projects throughout the UK, Caroline builds close relationships with regulators and stakeholders to ensure innovative outcomes to reduce environmental impact and enhance sustainability performance.

This collaborative approach will help West Cumbria Mining achieve its objective to become the most admired metallurgical /coking coal company in the world.

Hugh Babbage
Coal Marketing Adviser

Hugh Babbage is a chartered mining engineer (CEng) with more than 30 years’ experience working in the Australian and international mining industry, with a major involvement in international coal markets. Hugh provides advisory and consulting services to a number of international clients on a medium to long term basis, focusing on coal marketing into Europe and Asia.

Eric Gozlan
Exploration Advisor

Eric obtained his Masters Degree in Geophysics and Geology at Monash University, Melbourne and has since gone on to achieve 10 years’ experience working in and consulting to the mining industry.

He has used this knowledge to consult directly to Macarthur Coal, BHP Billiton, Shenhua Coal, CH2MHILL and various smaller mines and organisations in Australia and abroad.

Tanya Barnes
Communications Advisor

Tanya has over twenty-five years’ experience in senior corporate roles planning and delivering tactical and strategic corporate communications, particularly focusing on acquisition and change, brand development, media relations, crisis management and stakeholder engagement.

Working with both the private and public sector across markets such as civil and structural infrastructure, education, healthcare, utilities, services, investment and commercial development.

Tony Lodge
Political Advisor

Tony has worked in British politics for over ten years, with his areas of expertise being in the industrial, mining, transport, shipping and energy sectors. He writes regularly for both national and international media and advises WCM on current UK policy.

 

 

Gavin Maddison
Legal Advisor

Gavin is a Partner at Irwin Mitchell solicitors and specialises in Corporate Finance. He advises businesses on a wide range of financial matters, including acquisitions and disposals, investments, equity fundraisings, shareholder arrangements, group reorganisations, joint ventures and corporate governance.

 

John Rippon
Consultant Mining Geologist

johnrJohn worked as a deep mines geologist with the National Coal Board from 1969, progressing to senior technical positions in various UK coalfields, and then to British Coal’s Technical Services & Research Executive prior to industry privatisation in 1994. During that time, he developed personal specialisms in the depositional and structural geology of coal-bearing formations, particularly those of Carboniferous age.

His mining experience includes detailed understanding of its attendant risks and opportunities (geological through to commercial), and the specifics of coal geology, resource evaluations and exploration. John maintains close links with various UK universities, and has published many papers.

Tony France
Consultant Geologist

tonyfTony France provides specialist geological support to the WCM exploration and geophysics teams on the local environment. Tony started work in mine surveying aged 15, and qualified as a mine surveyor in 1960. He moved into geology in 1967, collating and interpreting all the underground geological input at large collieries in the north west of England. He has been involved with all aspects of geological work, including shaft sinking, mine developments and operational day to day geological requirements.

Tony has extensive experience with high resolution seismic surveys and since 2004, he has been involved with strain fracture work related to coal seams on various exploration programmes.

Stephen Newson
Mining Consultant

Stephen NewsonSteve is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has over 40 years of mining experience including operational management, research and development and the design and construction of large underground projects. He spent 16 years with British Coal, latterly responsible for the specification and approval of underground tunnel and coalface support systems on a national basis.

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Latest News & Events

Latest Jobs… Civil Engineering Project Manager

We are currently recruiting a Civil Engineering Project Manager to be based at West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) Woodhouse Colliery project office in Whitehaven, West Cumbria.