Separation Team

Facilitating a greener energy future

Separation Team


Since graduating in Metallurgy with Mining from Nottingham University, Richard’s long career in the mining industry has seen him work around the globe for major mining companies such as Anglo American, de Beers, BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale as well as a number of engineering companies including Fluor, Jacobs, Ausenco, SKM, SMEC and Behre Dolbear.

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He has been based in Australia for the past 25 years, and previously spent 12 years in Africa and an equal time in Europe. A period outside mining for Pilkington in Corporate Planning following his full-time MBA at London Business School gave him exposure to financial modelling and strategic planning across an international group. For the past two decades he has managed, and consulted on, numerous studies covering a wide range of commodities. A former Chair of the Perth AusIMM Branch, he wrote the first Chapter of the AusIMM “Cost Estimation Handbook, 2nd Edition” drawing on his passion for developing Feasibility Studies. At Pensana, he has supported the metallurgical flowsheet development and helped push Value Engineering initiatives and Capital Cost interrogation on their behalf with their engineer, Wood.

Commercial & Cost Management, Saltend

Mike is a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in strategising and leading the whole life cycle delivery of capital projects worldwide.

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Mike has a unique breadth of sector involvement and extensive depth of experience in the delivery of capital investments, from large scale urban regeneration through to the nuclear and defense sectors.

In Southern Africa, he worked predominantly with the major mining companies on development of new mining and beneficiation plant ventures and major upgrades.

Mike has held senior leadership and management roles in large scale complex programs, such as the London 2012 Olympics and the multibillion-Pound Palace of Westminster Restoration and renewals Program.

Specialisms are in framing client objectives into a focused and measurable delivery strategy, aligning delivery team’s goals to these objectives and managing client and stakeholder expectations as the delivery progresses.

Nigel Hudson
Infrastructure & Services Engineer, Saltend

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in business leadership, project management, engineering and operations support, gained in the oil and gas, petrochemical, conventional power, nuclear power, water and infrastructure industries.

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A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Nigel has held senior project management positions with international engineering organisations, managing large white collar and blue collar delivery teams here in the UK and in Asia Pacific.

Project portfolios range from six figure brownfield modifications to upwards of $1B complex industrial capital investment schemes. Since returning to the UK from a five year assignment as SVP Australia in 2020, Nigel has been supporting Pensana Plc Salt End Rare Earth processing development through the early phases including site enabling works.


Mark has over 25 years’ experience delivering complex construction projects for both Client and Contractor in the UK and internationally. With a strong focus on safety, he has detailed knowledge of leading the construction activities on onshore CDM, COMAH and NAECI sites, as well as offshore Oil and Gas platforms.

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Leading project delivery teams in excess of 350 people, Mark has delivered a portfolio of chemical related projects with a specific emphasis on the fabrication, construction and commissioning phases of the scopes, including the day-to-day management of the contractor and associated sub-contractors to meet the projects metrics of safety, cost, schedule and quality.