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Networking and professional development opportunities to local UK members in 2021

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Meet your UK Committee

The UK committee looks forward to providing a calendar of networking and professional development opportunities to local UK members in 2021.

The recent introduction of AusIMM’s International Representative program in key regions such as EMEA, Asia-Pacific and the Americas aims to provide a tangible presence to strengthen representation and support for local members living and working in these areas.

Leigh Slomp was appointed the AusIMM UK International Representative, and Chair of the recently formed AusIMM UK committee. Following a call to all UK based members, many expressions of interest were received, and four very capable professionals have joined Leigh as part of the committee.

In September 2020 the committee held their inaugural meeting to plan a program of increased professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities for local AusIMM members.

While the AusIMM provides world class membership services, online courses, hybrid conferences and online technical sessions, the committee aims to provide more tailored content for the UK. It is with this in mind that the committee has agreed on a mandate centred on the following key focus areas;

  • Support for existing UK based Members
  • Promote the AusIMM as the benchmark professional organisation for the global mining industry
  • Provide services and opportunities that encourage new membership
  • Actively advocate for AusIMM members and the wider industry
  • Maintain the relevance of the AusIMM with respect to regulations and guidelines

The UK Committee looks forward to delivering on their mandate and providing a calendar of networking and professional development opportunities to local UK members. To do this they will be looking to collaborate with local professionals, representative organisations, societies and interest groups, along with business and educational institutions. Leigh and his committee look forward to meeting you, virtually or face-to-face in the new year.

Queries or comments regarding AusIMM activities in the UK can be directed to


Leigh Slomp 
UK International Representative

Leigh is a geologist with over 21 years’ experience in the mining industry managing all geological functions from Exploration and Resource Estimation through to Operations and Mine Geology.  He moved to the United Kingdom from Western Australia in early 2019 to take up a senior management role in ArcelorMittal where he is the Global Manager of Exploration and Mineral Resources. This role has technical oversight of Geology across the entire business and includes acting as the Corporate Responsible Person for the Public Reporting of Mineral Resources & Mineral Reserves for 20+ operating mines around the world.


Galen White
Vice Chair of the AusIMM UK Committee

Galen is a geologist with more than 24 years’ continuous experience in the mining industry. He spent ten years working in Australia, involved in exploration, resource development and production geology, before moving back to the UK. Galen joined CSA Global where he held the position of Principal Resource Geologist before becoming a Senior Manager and a Board Member. Galen now manages the EMEA region for CSA Global and is a partner in ERM. His more recent activity includes project evaluation, Mineral Resource evaluation & auditing, due diligence appraisal, technical study management, technical appraisals, project management and public reporting of Mineral Resources. Galen is a Fellow of the AusIMM.


Simon Bottoms 

Simon is currently Senior Vice President, Africa & Middle East Mineral Resource Manager for Barrick, where he is responsible for the management of all Africa and Middle East mine operations and project technical teams as the lead technical executive for the region. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bottoms was Group Mineral Resource Manager for Randgold. During his career Mr. Bottoms has gained extensive experience in exploration and evaluation across a range of commodities, leading teams through technical studies that underpinned the extension and construction of mine operations, in a succession of roles with increasing responsibility. Simon achieved his Master of Geology from the University of Southampton School of Ocean & Earth Science. He is a chartered geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the AusIMM.


Brett Grist

Brett is a geologist, based in SW England, with over 20 years’ experience gained in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Brett has led exploration, feasibility, and development of base metal and gold projects internationally, including as CEO of Casa Mining. Since 2017 Brett has led Cornwall Resources’ Redmoor tungsten-tin-copper project, located in east Cornwall, on which, following two highly successful drill programs, a positive scoping study has recently been completed. Brett is co-chair of the Critical Mineral Association’s UK Mining Working Group and is a keen advocate for the resurgence of the UK domestic metals industry.


Dan Tucker

Dan has gained over 22 years of practical and technical experience as both a geologist and mine planning engineer, carrying out Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimations, geological modelling, mine design, optimisation and scheduling on base metal, industrial minerals and gold deposits in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. In 2017 Dan returned to the UK after six years in Australia, and now manages the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for Mining Plus. Dan is a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, and a Chartered Professional Member of the AusIMM.  Dan is also a Director of PARQ Capital Management (UK) Ltd, Nutrimentum (UK) Ltd and Ceylon Phosphates (UK) Ltd.

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