Team

JEREMY WRATHALL

Founder & CEO

Jeremy has over 30 years of experience in the mining finance industry and has advised mining companies on transactions globally.

Following his graduation in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, he spent three years working as a mining engineer in the South African gold mining industry. Jeremy then pursued a career in mining investment banking in London which included senior roles at global investment banks, including his most recent role as Global Head of Natural Resources – London at Investec Bank plc.

He has advised on transactions on all of the world’s major mining exchanges and has served as a non-executive director of mining companies listed on AIM and on the ASX stock exchanges. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Having founded Cornish Lithium in 2016, Jeremy decided to fully focus on the company and left his career in investment banking in March 2017.

DEREK LINFIELD​

Chairman & Director

Derek is a legal consultant and serves as non-executive director on several boards. He practised as a Canadian lawyer in London for 20 years, where he focused on cross-border financings and mergers & acquisitions in the mining, oil and gas sectors, including taking companies to the London Stock Exchange.

Prior to his retirement in 2015, Derek had been Managing Partner of the London office of Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP for ten years. Derek holds degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as LLB and MBA degrees from McGill University.

He is currently the Chairman of AIM listed Mkango Resources as well a non-executive director of a number of private companies and not for profit organisations. He is a director of MUN UK (UK campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland), a trustee of the Harlow Scholarship Trust and adviser to the board of the Canada UK Chamber of Commerce.

VARSHAN GOKOOL

Chief Financial Officer

Varshan has over 20 years of experience in guiding TSX and AIM listed mining companies from project definition through to development and construction across a number of international jurisdictions.

Following his graduation from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, he has worked on both the investment banking and corporate sides of the mining industry during which time he has arranged and led over US$ 1.5 billion of funding transactions across the entire capital structure from equity to senior secured project finance debt for mining projects. He was most recently President and CEO of Euromax Resources Limited where he led the development of the Ilovica-Shtuka Copper Gold Project in North Macedonia from inferred resource to definitive feasibility study. Prior to Euromax, he led and implemented the financing strategy of European Goldfields Limited which owned, developed and operated copper, gold, lead and zinc mines in Greece and Romania.

Varshan is a Charterholder of the Charted Financial Analyst Institute.

CHRIS HARKER

Head of Exploration

Chris graduated with an Honours degree in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines and worked on the original hot dry rock (HDR) geothermal energy project, before moving into consultancy in virtually all aspects of the renewable rnergy and mining industry.

He has extensive knowledge of the geology of Cornwall and has worked in the County on geothermal energy and other projects relating to thermal springs for over 30 years. His ability to digitally integrate geological and geographical information has been invaluable and it is expected that he will play a leading role in the assembly of data in the company’s Geographical Information System (GIS) going forward

LUCY CRANE

Senior Geologist – Business Development

Lucy is a geologist with a background in grassroots exploration. She holds an MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines and a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Cornish Lithium, she worked as an exploration geologist for Altus Strategies, planning and implementing exploration strategies for base and precious metals projects up to drill stage in Africa. She is now applying these skills to Cornish Lithium’s exploration programme. Part of her role at Cornish Lithium is to foster collaboration with other industry and academic partners to accelerate the exploration programme and test new concepts.

Lucy has a keen interest in furthering the interests of young mining professionals and in promoting the mining industry to students, and sits on the committee of both Young Mining Professionals and Women in Mining (UK).

MIKE ROUND

Operations Manager

Mike graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Birmingham in 2013, and then completed an MSc in Mining Geology at Camborne School of Mines. He has since worked across West and Central Africa as an Exploration and Project Geologist on gold, copper and coltan projects. Most recently, he was a Project Geologist with Volcanic Gold Mines in Guinea where he was responsible of the operational management for the company’s exploration programme.

Mike is particularly experienced in the planning and operational management of exploration programmes including; mapping, geochemical sampling, pitting, trenching and reverse circulation and directional drilling. He is now using this experience to help develop Cornish Lithium’s exploration programme and is responsible for managing the company’s drilling team.

LAURIE HASSALL

Senior Geologist

Laurie is a senior geologist with an extensive background in the geology of the South West of England. Having grown up in Falmouth, he graduated from the University of Southampton with a Master’s degree and returned to Cornwall as an exploration geologist at South Crofty tin mine in Pool, gaining significant experience in complex multi-episodic Sn/Cu/Zn/W lode mineralisation. Following this role, Laurie worked for SGS Minerals and then Datamine International, applying his skills in a large implementation project in Poland. Laurie then joined and helped setup the technical mining team at Devon’s W/Sn Drakelands mine for Wolf Minerals. He was involved in all aspects as senior mine geologist, from drill planning, resource modelling and grade control to geo-metallurgy and near site exploration.

Outside of work, Laurie loves to explore the rugged South West coastal path and enjoys walks in all kinds of weather. He also enjoys spending as much time as he can in the sea and enjoys snorkeling and body boarding.

KATE DASILVA

Legal Counsel

Kate has over 15 years legal M&A and ECM experience as a corporate lawyer having advised on both the investment banking side and corporate side of global transactions and financings for the natural resources and renewables sectors. Kate has extensive experience of advising and working with companies from the initial seed round investment stage through to IPO and beyond with on and off market secondary fundraises and joint venture arrangements. She is utilising this experience and skill set to assist Cornish Lithium as the company continues to expand its corporate activity and strategic development.

KATE J HARCOURT MSc, MIEnvSc, CEnv

ESG Officer

Kate is a sustainability professional with over 30 years of experience across the mining industry. She works as part of the Owner’s Team with leadership on sustainability issues, and for Equator Principles Financial Institutions and engineering groups. She serves as Non-Executive Director to Condor Gold, Roxgold Inc and Orezone Gold Corporation and sits on the ESG Committee advising the Board of Hummingbird Resources.

She works on projects in Europe and Africa, developing policy and environmental management frameworks, navigating local and international ESIA processes, stakeholder engagement and permitting, lender liaison, annual reporting and construction supervision.   She has joined Due Diligence teams on high profile new projects and has contributed to documentation on industry good practice, such as the UNEP Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level for Mining, the IFC Good Practice Note on Managing Contractors Environmental and Social Performance and worked with the Responsible Jewellery Council to update their Codes of Practice (COP).

In 2018 she was nominated one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

ADAM MATTHEWS

Exploration Geologist

Adam is an exploration geologist with an MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines, and a BSc in Applied Geology from the University of Plymouth. His areas of interest lie in structural and ore deposit geology. He is currently using ArcGIS, Leapfrog and ioGAS to model both modern and historic datasets to better understand the deep geology and distribution of lithium bearing brines in Cornwall. Before joining Cornish Lithium his dissertation helped to further develop the deposit model for deep sea ferromanganese crusts, which are enriched in battery metals such as cobalt and tantalum.

Adam is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and outside of work is a keen climber spending most of the dry evenings exploring the South West’s climbing challenges. He is also a gymnast and volunteers as a coach at the local gym.

TOM NAYLOR

Exploration Geologist

Tom holds an MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines and a BSc in Applied Geology from Plymouth University. Having grown up in the Camborne area of Cornwall, Tom developed an interest in geology and mining. Following graduation, he went on to work in mineral processing before starting work as a geology consultant. In this role he hopes to play a part in the sustainable regeneration of the mining industry in Cornwall.

Outside of work Tom is a keen surfer and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle. He worked as a beach lifeguard in Penwith to help fund his education and in recent years has continued to work on the beaches during time off.

ALISTAIR SALISBURY

Exploration Geologist

Ali holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Plymouth and studied for his MSc in Earth Structure and Dynamics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he completed his MSc thesis on lithium carbonate precipitation from brine solutions. After this he sought to offer his newly acquired knowledge within an industry setting at Cornish Lithium during a placement programme which soon turned into a permanent position. 

Prior to this, Ali worked as a geophysicist at Wessex Archaeology undertaking surveys in the UK and internationally.

Having recently moved back to the UK, Ali is becoming reacquainted with the Cornish coastline spending time sea swimming and surfing. A keen climber and squash player, he also represents Falmouth Town’s squash club playing league games throughout the County.

NEIL WILLIAMS

Digital Archivist

Born and bred in Cornwall, Neil graduated in Astrophysics from Cardiff University in 1996. Following a brief period of travelling he returned to Cornwall and took up a position within Cornwall Council’s Archives and Local Studies Service, working in various roles over the years but in particular specialising in the digitisation of historic archives and images.

In his spare time, Neil enjoys motorcycling, mountain biking, kayaking around Cornwall’s coast and, on quiet days, a good read. He recently undertook an undergraduate level module through Exeter University and Camborne School of Mines with the aim of developing his understanding of geology and the mining industry.

REBECCA PAISLEY

Exploration Geochemist

Rebecca is a geoscientist and holds a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences from McGill University, Canada, and a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. She specialises in using geochemical data to constrain rock-fracturing processes and the movement of metals, including Li, Cu, Zn and Pb, in high-temperature volcanic environments. After a recent internship with Roskill, Rebecca joined Cornish Lithium to assist with developing the geochemical side of its programme.

Outside of work she is a keen sportsperson, playing hockey across the South West and exploring the local hills by bike or on foot.

SALLY WORBEY

Exploration Geologist

Sally holds a MGeol from the University of Leicester where she focused on critical metals in iron-oxide-copper-gold deposits. Since graduation she spent a year in Sudan on an advanced stage gold project in the Nubian desert.

Sally is Cornish Lithium’s Geographical Information System Tehnician. In her spare time she enjoys exploring different parts of Cornwall and eating too many Cornish pasties!

ROSIE Alway

Office Administrator

Rosie has worked in administration in Cornwall for over ten years in areas such as hospitality and finance. Prior to joining Cornish Lithium, Rosie worked in accounting and also brings skills in marketing and customer service.

With a keen interest in learning more about the mining of lithium in Cornwall and focusing on all aspects of the office, Rosie works on environment processes, grant administration, database management and human resources.

Outside of from work, Rosie enjoys coastal walks with her dog, swimming in the sea, gig rowing and sailing.

JACK YELLAND

Geographical Information System Technician

Jack graduated in 2020 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Marine Geography from the University of Cardiff. With a family background in mining and having spent most of his life in Cornwall, Jack has developed a great interest in the history of mining and current exploration and restoration mining projects in the County. Before joining Cornish Lithium, Jack experienced working on geotechnical drilling vessels as a Project Engineer and Assistant Driller at Fugro, and spend six weeks working across different departments on a gold mine site in Tanzania.

In his spare time, Jack enjoys activities by the sea such as gig rowing, surfing, swimming and kayaking, and harbours hopes of exploring the whole Cornish coastline on foot in the upcoming years.

CHRIS WRATHALL

Trainee Digital Archivist

Having spent six years working as a journalist for a business publication in Scandinavia, Chris is now a member of the archive team. The son of a geologist, mining has been part of everyday family life and conversation since an early age. Chris has a keen interest in digitally preserving Cornwall’s rich mining history and is excited to be contributing towards its lithium fuelled future.

In his spare time Chris is an avid skier, has been heard proclaiming that he will attempt to take advantage of the Cornish coastline by learning to surf (one day!), and loves a good book.

HESTER CLARIDGE

Consultant Geologist

Originally from Cornwall, Hester is a recent graduate from the University of Leicester, with a BSc in Geology. Following an internship with Cornish Lithium after completing her degree. Hester was appointed to her current role as an exploration geologist.

Hester is also a keen musician who plays violin and double bass in jazz bands and orchestras across the country.

ALEX HUDSON

Exploration Geologist

Alex has recently completed a PhD in Geology from Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) and holds an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College London).

During his MSc Alex applied geophysics and borehole geology to mapping prospective sub-surface fluid systems in rift and passive margin settings. Throughout his PhD, where he used elemental geochemistry and time series analysis to understand earth system responses to climate change, he developed an interest in Cornwall’s geology and mining history. Alex joined Cornish Lithium on secondment from his PhD in 2020 where he focussed on furthering exploration for lithium in deep geothermal brines and he now occupies a role as exploration geologist.

Alex is passionate about the growth of renewable energy, sustainable mining and digital innovation sectors within the County and is excited to contribute to realising this potential with Cornish Lithium. Outside of work Alex is highly likely to be found surfing, and enjoys a plethora of other hobbies including gardening, hiking and mineral collecting.

SAM BOLTON

Exploration Geologist

Sam is a local geologist who holds a BSc in Marine Geoscience from the University of Plymouth and graduated from Camborne School of Mines with a MSc in Mining Geology. Upon leaving university Sam briefly worked in the site investigation industry, where he developed skills in health and safety and the on-site management of drill teams and staff. He further utilised this knowledge in subsequent roles as an Exploration Geologist at Cornwall Resources Ltd – Redmoor Project and Cornish Metals Ltd – South Crofty Project before joining Cornish Lithium.

Sam has many years experience of working on diamond drilling campaigns, geochemical sampling projects, mapping, geophysical surveying and project development. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and in 2019 was a finalist in the GeolSoc Early Career Geologist award, having previously been awarded other commendations from the GeolSoc.

Sam enjoys the adventurous side of life; surfing, trail running and spearfishing as well as playing guitar and spending time with his young family. He has ambitions to bring positive change to all that he does.
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