John Theobald is a Chartered Engineer with a BSc(Hons) in Geology (Nottingham) and is a Fellow of the Geological Society. He is also a and Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Prior to joining the Group he held senior positions with the industrial minerals group SCR-Sibelco. He has also worked in the junior resource sector and for major companies such as Anglo American, Phelps Dodge and Iscor covering a wide range of metals, coal and industrial minerals. He has been a director of several public companies quoted in Canada.