1st Critical Metals & Minerals Conference. Metal Events in association with CMA.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Jeff presented “ESG and CRM – how will the UK dynamise the supply chain”
Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Jeff giving evidence about Critical Minerals
Critical Minerals Association Midstream Report
Monday, March 13, 2023
Co-Authored by Ian Townsend
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Cobbing, WLIMS and sulphide removal by flotation.
Contributed to a report on Critical Minerals Midstream in the UK.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
For the Critical Minerals Association.
Jeff at World Association of Mining Lawyers 2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Article courtesy of Critical Mineral Association newsletter June 2022
CMA - Bilateral Australia/UK Discussions
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
A series of four online discussions between representatives of the Australian and United Kingdom governments, research and standards organisations, and critical minerals producers, consumers and consultants. Chaired by Jeff Townsend. Technical reports by Ian Townsend.
Monday, February 28, 2022

Review of testwork, process design and cost estimates for an iron project pre-feasibility study.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Polymetallic flotation plant.

CMA - Angolan Mining Sector.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Webinar organised by the Critical Minerals Association for the Department of International Trade and the British Embassy Luanda.

Chaired by Jeff Townsend.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Two online meetings between representatives of the Canadian and United Kingdom governments, critical minerals producers, consumers and consultants, and research and standards organisations.

Chaired by Jeff Townsend.

Technical report by Ian Townsend.

CMA - ESG: Track, Trace and Provenance.
Monday, November 8, 2021

Webinar moderated by Jeff Townsend.

CMA G7 Event - 11th June 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021

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The event is free to attend, and a fantastic opportunity to be part of the G7 action with Cornwall Development Company!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Review of testwork and process development for a magnetite recovery plant.

APPG Critical Minerals
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Jeff organised the APPG Critical Minerals held on 26th May 2021.  There were presentations on Canada's approach to Critical Minerals and potential cooperation with the UK.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Quick technical review of rare earth, graphite and manganese projects.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Contributed the course material for filtration in minerals processing and hydrometallurgy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jeff Townsend chairs webinars and podcasts by the Critical Minerals Association that can be accessed from its website

Monday, October 12, 2020

Government relations engagement for a mining project in the Caucasus.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Update of an iron ore project due diligence study.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Jeremy Wrathall, CEO at Cornish Lithium

Brett Grist, Exploration Manager at Cornwall Resources

Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy at Camborne School of Mines

Ian Higgins, Managing Director at Less Common Metals

Moderated by Jeff Townsend, Co-Founder at Critical Minerals Association

Saturday, September 12, 2020

"FEARS have been raised that the Chinese government could be hacking telephones of MPs critical of the Beijing regime.  Newly-elected Conservative MP Gary Sambrook has told the Sunday Express that he has had to get his phone checked after he joined the China Research Group of parliamentarians set up by Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee.  Mr Sambrook, the MP for Northfield in the West Midlands, said: “I joined the China Research Group and a couple of days later my mobile phone started going funny.  “I had words in Chinese randomly coming up on the phone and it looked like it might have been hacked.”

The China Research Group (CRG) was set up by Mr Tugendhat in the wake of the Hong Kong crisis and amid new crackdowns by the Beijing regime as well as concerns over its involvement with the spread of coronavirus.

The CRG initially focussed on preventing Huawei from being involved in the UK’s 5G network but intends to monitor Chinese industrial policy, technological developments and foreign policy.

Mr Sambrook’s allegations come as another Conservative MP Alexander Stafford has warned that China must not be allowed to deny Britain access to “critical minerals” which are needed for the battery and renewables technology upon which the country’s green revolution depends.

He said: “At a moment’s notice China can just pull up the drawbridge and not allow these minerals over... We need to have control over them and also need to secure them for our own national safety and that is why it is incredibly important.”

Mr Stafford argues that the difficulties of securing PPE at the start of the pandemic demonstrated why Britain needs dependable supply chains for vital resources.

Jeff Townsend, the founder of the Critical Minerals Association, shared his concerns but argued Britain had the opportunity to develop its own resources and secure access to international mineral reserves, saying: “The reality is the economy based on oil is coming to an end. These new economies of green electricity, green energy, green cars, they are based on critical minerals.

“China basically dominates [the market for] nearly every single critical mineral on earth because they spotted this 20 years ago and they started this strategy...

“People say we need to catch up with China. The reality is we can overtake China if we’re strategic.”

He argues that technological breakthroughs mean lithium can be mined in Cornwall and cobalt can be secured as a by-product of refining nickel".

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Quick review of proposals for a potential gold mine project for an investor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Ongoing engagement with the UK Government on behalf of strategic minerals suppliers, in particular lithium and rare earth metals.