Robert has 10 years’ experience in metal and mineral market economics. He graduated in 2003 having undertaken a BSc in Geological Sciences and an MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal at Oxford Brookes and Imperial College universities. Robert worked as an environmental consultant before joining Roskill in 2006. In addition to managing Roskill’s minor metals research, Robert is an authoritative voice on the global lithium and tungsten markets, having contributed to multi-client and consultancy projects on the former for seven years. He has been Managing Director of Roskill since January 2012, and was previously manager of the industrial minerals division. Robert’s past research, consulting and managerial experience provides him with extensive subject knowledge across Roskill’s products and services.
Director & Manager
Alison Saxby has 30 years’ experience of researching industrial mineral markets and supply developments. She graduated from Leeds University with a B.Eng (Hons) and is a Member of the IMMM. Alison worked on the leading trade publication, Industrial Minerals, and in business development for large mineral trading and processing company, as well as operating as an independent consultant for ten years.
Alison is now a Director of Roskill Information Ltd and Manager of Industrial Minerals Reseach. She has edited and written reports, features and articles on many aspects of the industry such as bauxite & alumina, zircon, fluorspar, and magnesia, as well as end-use industries including refractories, ceramics, pigments, fertilisers and cement. Alison has also undertaken many market research consultancy studies for leading corporate clients including vendor due diligence involving talc and magnesia, and recently market studies on fluorspar, graphite, iodine, potassium salts and zirconia. She is a regular speaker at international conferences on various aspects of the industry minerals industry.
Patrick has 30 years’ experience in analysing a wide range of industrial minerals and metals markets and has undertaken research fieldwork in nearly 30 countries. He graduated in 1986 with a BA in European Business Administration and a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management (Middlesex Business School, London, and École Supérieure de Commerce, Reims, France). He began his career with Roskill in 1986 before moving to a large engineering consultancy, where he specialised in steel industry research, and then to the Canadian Embassy in London, where he worked as a trade and investment officer. He returned to Roskill in 2002 and was appointed Director in 2010. Patrick is a recognised authority in the global tantalum and niobium industries and has been the author of several editions of the Roskill reports on both commodities, in addition to being the lead on many consulting projects. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and a reference point for industry journalists. He is based in Québec, Canada, which facilitates research and client contact in North America.
Director, Economics & Analytics
Thomas specialises in steel alloys and the effect of global macroeconomic developments on mineral and metal markets and prices. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 with a concentration in International Economics and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same topic at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where, among other things, he is studying the impact of political and security risk on investments in the mining sector.
Having worked for several years in the Middle East and Asia, he joined Roskill in 2012 and currently manages Roskill’s in-house economic analysis. He is also the founder of C-Cept Limited, a company that specialises in economic modelling and forecasting software for the mining and extraction industries. He is closely involved in Roskill’s consultancy assignments related to market outlooks, cost modelling, and price assessments. He has been a regular speaker at industry conferences covering nickel, chromium and ferroalloys.
Division Manager - Industrial Minerals & Carbon & Chemicals
Kerry has 28 years’ experience in analysing a wide range of industrial minerals and metals markets and has written nearly 30 Roskill reports. She graduated in 1987 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from King’s College, London University and her postgraduate degree in Pollution Chemistry is from Liverpool University.
She began her career with Roskill in 1987 before moving to Europe’s largest downstream petrochemicals consultancy, where she specialised in plastics industry research. She returned to Roskill in 2011 and was promoted to Manager – Carbon & Chemicals in 2013. In addition to managing Roskill’s carbon and chemicals division, Kerry is a recognised authority in the global downstream petrochemicals industries. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has been quoted in the Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times and in a range of industry publications.
Division Manager – Steel Alloys
Jack graduated from University College London in 2008 with an MA in Politics, Security and Integration. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge where his research explores supply risk in critical material markets.
Jack worked as a Senior Economist for one of the UK’s leading economic consultancies, and in the public sector, before joining Roskill in early 2012. In addition to managing Roskill’s African research, Jack maintains detailed knowledge of the antimony, chrome, cobalt, tungsten, manganese and vanadium markets. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is currently based in South Africa which facilitates research and client contact across the African continent.
Division Manager – Minor Metals
Jessica graduated from the University of Leicester in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Geology. In mid-2008 she joined the trade publication Industrial Minerals, where she worked on news, in-depth features, and price discovery, later joining Roskill in 2012. Jessica is the author of Roskill’s latest reports on tungsten, magnesium compounds, zirconium concentrate, zirconium oxide, chemicals and metal, and non-metallurgical bauxite and alumina. In addition to multi-client reports, she has undertaken consultancy studies on a range of industrial minerals including magnesia, high-purity graphite, lithium hydroxide, feldspar, hydrogen fluoride and zircon. Jessica is also the lead analyst on Roskill’s Fluorspar Industry Briefing, a biannual publication covering fluorspar, HF and aluminium fluoride. She has spoken at a number of international conferences on refractory raw materials and markets.
Deputy Division Manager – Minor Metals
David graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geology before completing an MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter). Prior to joining Roskill, he has worked as an exploration geologist on precious metal and rare earth element projects in South America and Africa.
Since joining Roskill in 2011, David has focused on the supply of rare earth elements, lithium and tungsten to the global market, undertaking multiple bespoke consultancy projects and contributing to Roskill’s Market Outlook reports. He has also presented at various conferences in Europe, Asia and North America on the rare earth elements and lithium markets.
David has been analysing metal and industrial mineral markets for over two decades since joining Roskill in 1994. He has written many of the company’s multi-client reports but in more recent years has specialised in those dealing with industrial minerals. In particular, he has concentrated on those minerals used in the paper (calcium carbonate and kaolin), refractory (magnesia and zircon), chemical (iodine and soda ash) and glass (boron) industries. David has also contributed to a wide range of consultancy projects, including due diligence reports on magnesia and talc, and market studies on various aspects of the boron, talc and calcium carbonate markets.
Suzanne graduated with an MSci in Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 and joined Roskill in 2007. She specialises in analysis of rare earths, natural graphite and bentonite and is the author of numerous Roskill reports on these industries. Suzanne developed and maintains supply/demand models for rare earths, natural and synthetic graphite and for bentonite. As part of the consultancy team, her project experience includes supply/demand and price forecasts for junior mining companies, investment houses and traders, rare earth market assessments for listing documents and private ventures, research into applications for high-purity graphite and an assessment of the bentonite industry supply chain. Suzanne has spoken at a number of industry conferences worldwide on rare earth demand, the future of permanent magnets, trends in the EV/HEV industry and the use of bentonite in oil well drilling.
Nils graduated from McGill University in 2015 with a PhD in structural geology and gold deposits. He comes from South Africa where he completed his BSc (Honours) and MSc at the University of Cape Town. Before his PhD, Nils worked as an exploration geologist on a rare earth mineral deposit in South Africa and during his PhD consulted on geothermal projects in Guatemala. He then moved to University College London in 2016, where he worked on advances in shale gas research together with industry partners and taught field geology courses.
Nils has published peer-reviewed research articles covering the broad topics of his academic career and has been a regular speaker at academic and industry conferences, including speaking on gold deposits and shale gas. Nils joined Roskill in 2017 to work together with the team focussed on rare earth elements and other industrial metals.
Olivier graduated from London’s City University Business School in 1995 with a BSc in Banking and International Finance.
Prior to joining Roskill, Olivier has managed the European strategic research team for a major financial information provider’s corporate services group. He subsequently joined commodities analysis and consultancy group CRU in 2008 where he covered various markets such as aluminium, copper and stainless steel and spoke regularly at conferences.
Olivier joined Roskill in 2017 and focusses on the analysis of stainless steel and ferroalloys.
Nessa Zhang graduated from Aston University with an MSc in Operational Research and Management Studies.
Prior to joining Roskill, she worked in an energy investment company for 5 years, where she covered a variety of specialised markets including coal mining, crude oil, and natural gas.
Since joining Roskill in 2017, Nessa has focused on the markets for lithium-ion batteries and cobalt, and has contributed to all major China-focused research and analysis.
Analyst – Electric Vehicles, Battery and Supply Chain
Jose Lazuen is responsible for Roskill’s electric vehicle, battery and downstream supply chain market analysis. Jose joined Roskill in 2017 having previously been involved in electric vehicle and real estate market analysis. In 2016 and 2017, Jose worked for SATIF Partners, a venture capital firm focussed on electric vehicle technology and infrastructure investment. At SATIF, he undertook research and analysis of markets and start-ups. Jose has a Double Bachelor of Business Administration and Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Division Manager – Mining Research & Cost Modelling
Oliver has more than eight years’ experience within the metals and mining market, and currently manages Roskill’s Mining Research division. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Bristol and a first-class MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter).
Prior to joining Roskill, Oliver was a founding member of Metals Focus, where he also headed up the company’s mining, cost and producer hedging research. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and events.
With over 40 years’ experience in mining, engineering and sales and qualified in Mining engineering, Richard has specialised in International sales with the emphasis in recent years being on the Asian markets.
He has over 10 years’ experience managing, developing and building the client base and developing client relationships in the research and consultancy sector. Working across a broad range of markets including producers, financial institutions and government agencies, Richard manages the sales and marketing teams at Roskill as well as developing and implementing strategy for both.
Business Development Manager – Europe, Russia & Scandinavia
George graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in Business Economics. Prior to joining Roskill, he worked in the precious metals sector for over 10 years. His initial focus was on the mining side of the industry before later moving into a more sales orientated roll.
Since joining Roskill in 2017, George has focused on the developing the company’s European business.
Associate Business Development Manager, North America
Patricia has over 20 years’ experience in the metals industry in sales, trading, and marketing. She started her career with Metallgesellschaft in New York on the zinc/tin trading desk followed by heading up the sales team for the copper mining company Asarco. She also worked for the New York Mercantile Exchange (later purchased by the CME Group) as Director for all the metals products.
Patricia joined Roskill as Associate Business Development Manager in February 2017, charged with building the Roskill business in North America. Patricia is on the board of the New York Chapter of the International Precious Metals Industry and well as the Copper Club. Patricia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and French for the State University of New York.
Christine may well be your first point of contact with Roskill. She will help you with your inquiries, send you more information if you need it, and take your order. Christine is the main person behind Roskill’s international reputation for fast, efficient service.
Trade & Statistical Analyst
Thomas works alongside the Roskill team in a variety of roles, but primarily compiles appendices of international trade data for reports, tracks commodity prices and obtains raw data for the analysis of end-use applications. He helps to manage a comprehensive database of information, archiving data to Roskill’s in-house document management system, in order to keep analysts and consultants up-to-date with current information and trends. Tommy also works beside Christine to process sales and ensure the timely dispatch of reports to clients.
Librarian and Information Officer
Trevor is responsible for the company’s information requirements both in paper and electronic formats, including the maintenance and content of the company’s extranet. He works closely with the company’s analysts and consultants to meet their information requirements and is the editor of Roskill’s Lithium Digest.
Neil Seldon is Chairman of Roskill Information Services Ltd. He is also President of Neil S. Seldon & Associates Ltd. (“NSA”) launched in mid 1990 in Vancouver, Canada. NSA acts as consultants and advisors in the marketing of non-ferrous concentrates to clients around the world. Services include negotiation of sales contracts and development of sales and marketing strategies with input into feasibility studies, sales contract negotiation and contract administration. He instituted the formation of Metallicarum International (MIL) a global research and consulting alliance bringing together research analysts, concentrates, metal marketing and price risk professionals in Canada, UK, USA, Germany, Australia and Chile.
Robert worked for more than 30 years at CRU the London based international metals consultants and was until 2001 Managing Director and CEO. In 1987 he founded the management consulting activity of the company. As well as personal contact with metals producers, consumers and financial institutions worldwide, he was also responsible for client assignments in aluminium, aluminium semis, tin, steel production, steel distribution and precious metals working in Europe, North America, Russia and Africa. From 2001 till 2009 he was responsible for creating and building CRU’s Russian and CIS business.
Judith has over 40 years’ experience in analysing minerals and metals markets. Recent projects have involved due diligence on the market for a filler mineral, a market study and price forecast for molybdenum, a detailed review of the market for a chemical mineral in China, preparation of several industry reports on rare earths for feasibility studies, a strategic review of titanium sponge supply, due diligence on the market for specialist minor metals, a global overview of the vanadium pentoxide market with particular reference to new markets, an in-depth review of Chinese rare earth production, a review of markets for low cost titanium for a major mining company and a project to identify the US market for the by-products of flue gas desulphurisation. She has also written and edited reports on chromium, silicon and the noble alloys.
Peter has over 40 years’ experience mostly at the sharp end of the minerals industry. He is a metallurgist who started in the steel industry prior to his degree at Cambridge University. He held senior positions with Anglo American on the Zambian Copperbelt, and at Glebe Mines operations in the Derbyshire Peak District. He has been an independent consultant since 2000.
He is a recognised international expert on fluorspar. He produced the Financial Times review in 2000, authored the Mining Journal Annual review for several years; and has worked on the last three revisions and updates of the Roskill Market Reports. Peter also worked on the 2006 Roskill barytes update and the current 2015 revision.
His business interests include British Aggregates Association, The Barytes Association, Mining Association of the UK, Ecton Mine Educational Trust and Amemptos Music. He is a member of the CBI Minerals Group and the UK National Minerals Forum.