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Corporate Advisory Services
Failed mining investments can be due to bad luck, optimistic valuations and/or unidentified fatal flaws. The origin of our business is providing high quality technical advice and support to mining related businesses. Our global team is trained to understand your situation and advise you in supporting your investment decisions. We have geologists, mining engineers, metallurgists and corporate specialists to cover the technical spectrum.
Our multidisciplinary team, have intimate knowledge of both technical and commercial aspects of mines and mining. The team draws on Snowden’s global technical expertise in all disciplines to ensure that you have access to the best technical and economic advisors for their particular requirements. Our goal is to translate geological, mining, process, infrastructural, environmental, fiscal and political challenges and opportunities into quantifiable risks and rewards to assist investment decisions.
Our services include cost modelling, due diligence and risk studies, audits, reviews and reports for expert opinions, valuations and Competent Person’s Reports at all levels. We can provide Competent Person reporting and sign off for Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimation to JORC, SAMREC and NI 43-101 compliance, and mineral asset valuations VALMIN, CIMVAL and SAMVAL guidelines.
Corporate Advisory Specialists
Regional Manager – Africa
Bill is a geologist with 35 years’ experience in diamond exploration and mining, including 32 years with Anglo American and De Beers and eight years as head of De Beers global exploration activities. Bill was directly involved in the discovery and development of four new diamond mines in southern Africa and participated in a number of kimberlite resource sampling and evaluation projects and mine feasibility studies in Africa, North and South America, Europe and Australia.
Bill served as a director of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited from 2002 to 2006 and as Chairman and/or director of a number of other De Beers Group and associate companies during his career. Since retiring from De Beers in 2006, Bill pursued personal interests before commencing private diamond industry consulting work in early 2009. Bill joined Snowden in September 2009 and since then has directed a number of independent technical reviews and Competent Persons’ Reports for a number of diamond and other commodity projects.
Matthew Jarvis is a Principal Consultant with Snowden, based in Johannesburg.
He is a mining engineer who headed up the Treasury and Corporate Finance function under the restructured South African Energy Coal business for South32. In addition to establishing the Treasury function, he was responsible for managing ongoing market and credit risk activities associated with commodity trading and other commercial activities, as well as leading the Business Evaluation team in Johannesburg. This team oversaw investment analysis and the review of major regional projects, business planning outcomes, commercial opportunities and overall regional portfolio management across Southern Africa.
Matt is Executive Consultant at the Snowden Group, a global mining consulting company.
Matt has +35 years experience in most major commodities, across the value chain, and in many countries. He built on a solid background in gold and platinum with stints on the South African Gold Mines, in rock engineering research, as an analyst on the JSE, and in running his own consulting company, to a 16 year career with BHP, and latterly back to independent consulting.
Show all Matt’s key achievements at BHP
At BHP Matt’s key achievements were:
- Led the global geological, mining engineering, geometallurgical and business planning functions
- Designed and implemented the global Productivity and Business Improvement programme, which to June 2018 had yielded an additional US$14bn of annual free cash flow;
- Developed the Resource Growth Reviews for each commodity group, which looked at future strategic growth through Greenfields, Brownfields and Acquisition;
- Designed and led the Group-wide Brownfields Exploration portfolio, which doubled the Group’s resource base in six years;
- Helped to develop and implement the BHP Capital Investment System, including project and review standards, procedures, guidelines and toolkits,
- Led ~25 major capital project reviews across multiple commodities and geographies.
- Was a member of the Chief Operating Officers Council for BHP Southern Africa, where he helped to direct the regional strategic direction of the Company.
Prior to BHP Matt was Mineral Resource Manager for Randgold Resources, based in Mali, was Consulting Geologist (Mines) for Rand Mines, was CEO of a Minerals Consulting Company, a Mining Analyst on the JSE, a Mine Geologist and an Exploration Geologist.
Matt has led or participated in numerous acquisition and divestment studies, across gold, PGM’s, base metals, and bulk minerals.
Matt is a Competent Person/Competent Valuator in most major commodities and has worked on projects and operations throughout the globe.
Allan is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ experience in underground mine design, planning and operations in Australia and Africa. During this time he has held senior technical and management positions. Since joining Snowden in 1996, he has consulted on a large number of mining projects in several countries. His areas of expertise include mining feasibility studies at all levels, underground mine planning and design, reserve estimation, mine operations management and project management. He has a strong capability in strategic planning and optimisation of underground orebodies.
Associate Executive Consultant
Philip has accumulated over 30 years’ professional experience in the mining, consulting, financial services and investor relations sectors, including a long association with the WA resources industry. Philip possesses strong capital market and corporate communication skills through his direct involvement in numerous asset, market and corporate transactions.
Tarrant has 13 years of consulting experience; specialising in mining strategy selection and providing solutions to unique and/or complex mine planning problems. This is supported by a PhD in mine optimisation. He has been involved in over 200 studies in Australia, South America, North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia; across precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals and iron ore, and for both open pit and underground mining methods. As Global Manager of Snowden, Tarrant is responsible for the strategy and operations of the Snowden business. Tarrant is passionate about improvement and strategy; to find a better way to do things. His particular strengths are a focus on the global system, and ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple way to a range of stakeholders.
- 2016 Can the Theory of Constraints Guide the Next Wave of Mining Productivity Improvement? Elkington, T. AusIMM Bulletin August 2016
- 2016 Weathering the Perfect Storm: How Mining Consultants can Survive the Downturn, Elkington, T. AusIMM Bulletin April 2016
- 2014 Application of the Theory of Constraints to Strategic and Tactical Mine Planning, Finch, A. and Elkington, T. Strategic Mine Planning Conference 2014
- 2013 The Use of Geometallurgical Relationships in Process Route Selection and Mine Plan Optimisation for the Dutwa Nickel Project, Elkington, T. Lorenzen, L. and Czerny, C. Geomet 2013
- 2013 An Automated Approach to Generating Haul Roads, Hill, S., Bates, L. Bates, Cooper, A., Elkington, T. World Mining Congress
- 2013 Optimising a Combined Open Pit and Underground Strategic Plan, Roberts, B., Elkington, T. van Olden, K., Maulen, M. Mining Technology
- 2012 Caving Outline Optimisation, Elkington, T., Bates, L., and Richter, O., MassMin Conference 2012
- 2012 Real Options Value Optimisation, Elkington, T., and Gould, J., Project Evaluation Conference 2012
- 2012 Strategic Optimisation at Sierra Rutile – a case study in maximising project value, P Myers, T Elkington and S Wonday, Project Evaluation Conference 2012