Recent Projects

Critical Minerals Association Webinars

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

Government Engagement

Government relations engagement for a mining project in the Caucasus.

Further Iron Ore Review

Update of an iron ore project due diligence study.

Quoted In "The Daily Express"

"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".

Quick Gold Mine Review

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

Government Relations

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

Iron Ore Project

Due diligence review of proposals for upgrade of an iron ore project.

BBC Report on Metals Recycling

"In the UK, rare earths are integral to the government’s industrial strategy, according to Jeff Townsend, who this year set up a lobbying firm to represent the industry’s interests".

Phosphate Project

Provided processing advice and contact with the host government for the owner of a phosphate prospect.

All Party Parliamentary Group

On 10th March 2020, the Critical Minerals Association launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Critical Minerals at the Thames Pavilion, Houses of Parliament with special guest, Minister Zahawi, the UK Minister for Business & Industry.

The APPG Critical Minerals is Chaired by Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay and its members include: Pauline Latham MP, Scott Mann MP, Christina Rees MP, Alex Sobel MP and Alexander Stafford MP. The evening was a huge success with over 60 individuals from across Industry and Government coming together to embrace the need for greater dialogue and strategies around the Critical Mineral space. Minister Zahawi, the UK Minister for Business & Industry outlined his support for Critical Mineral supply chains and the UK Mining sector.

Phosphate/Iron Project.

Review of proposals for a plant expansion.


Review of proposals for expanding an iron ore mine and process plant.

Filtration Seminar

Helped organise and presented papers at a Filtration Seminar in South Africa.

Nickel Project Due Diligence

Due diligence review of metallurgical sections of a nickel project proposal.

Review of Mining Project for Potential Purchaser

June and July 2018.

Chrome, Gold and Copper Projects

Reviewed projects seeking funding on behalf of the owners’ advisor.  Highlighted areas of concern requiring clarification or further work.  Proposed modifications to the metallurgical flowsheet.

Review of Copper/Gold Mineral Processing Plant Design

Due diligence review of a study for a metallurgical plant with copper recovery by flotation and gold recovery by CIL of flotation tails.

Copper/Gold Study Due Diligence

Due diligence review of a study for a copper/gold metallurgical plant.

General Minerals Industry Consultancy

Ongoing minerals industry consultancy to a confidential client, including finding individuals and companies to help them execute projects.

Contributed to Parliamentary Report

Assisted with compilation of the report “Extracting Growth: The Strength and Potential Offered by the United Kingdon Mining Industry” for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Mining.

APPG Report Cover

Market Research

Identifying opportunities for an equipment supplier.

Market and Marketing Consultation for Mining Services

Advised on opportunities for two companies offering services to the mining and metallurgical industry.

Review of Gold Project Studies

Conceptual studies of gold mining projects in Africa and meso America.

Project Evaluation Software

Contributed to discussions on the conceptual design of software for mining project evaluation.

Minerals Processing Plant Study Review

Reviewed a conceptual study for a minerals processing project in Africa.

Copper Concentrate Filtration

Provided advice to a major engineering company on the types filter used at various copper flotation concentrators, and factors to be considered in operating cost estimation.

© Ian Townsend 2020