Kathy Hicks, Managing Director of Carrak Consulting Ltd, is honoured to have been elected Chair of the Cornish Chamber of Mines & Minerals this month.

The Chamber was founded in 1917, with a Council of Mine Captains from operational mines across the county. A key motivation to establish the Chamber was to form a united response to the mass conscription of miners to the First World War, in numbers that threatened the future working of the mines and their contribution to the war effort.

The Chamber continued to have a role as an industry body for many decades, lobbying Parliament and representing the wider interests of mine operators and self-employed miners. However, following the closure of South Crofty Mine in 1998, the Chamber’s focus shifted to one of stewardship, seeking to ensure the responsible redevelopment of former mine sites and the preservation of remaining mineral resources for future generations. This continues today, through the Chamber’s close working relationship with both Cornwall Council and mineral operators on mineral safeguarding issues. The CCMM also promotes the sector by funding the Cornwall Mining Alliance, which it co-founded in 2016 and now comprises over 110 organisations.

During her term as Chair Kathy will oversee delivery of the Chamber’s new short-term objectives:

  • Membership – raising awareness; expanding; moving towards a self-sustaining body.
  • Management Committee – establishing a working body of mineral operators and owners.
  • Strategy – engage with members and stakeholders to ensure the CCMM makes an impact.
  • Funding – to collaborate with industry and academic partners to deliver the Strategy.

The CCMM welcomes expressions of interest from new members via the website.