Meet The Team

MetAmpere's CEO Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith, CEO

Andrew is an engineer with 13 years in the mining industry, specialising in multi-discipline project management with 4 successful feasibility studies under his belt.

Most recently Andrew was the Project Manager for the Cinovec lithium tin Project and in 2017 completed a Prefeasibility Study for the production of tin, lithium, tungsten and potash. Andrew also specialised in the specification and supervision of metallurgical testwork, development of extractive metallurgy and process design and was instrumental in developing the unique low-cost flow sheet for Cinovec.

Andrew previously ran a large international team for Cominco’s Definitive Feasibility Study on the $600m phosphate mine in the Republic of Congo. He personally supervised testwork development and process design and supervised the pilot production programme at Mintek in South Africa. Andrew worked closely with Government, local communities and environmental teams involved in a full Environmental, Social Impact Assessment to World Bank standards.

Roderick Smith shows the local infrastucture

Roderick Smith, Chairman

A Chartered Accountant with a strong interest in process metallurgy, Roderick holds a post-grad diploma in Mining Investment Analysis and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute. For more than 25 years he was CEO of publicly listed Australian mining companies, responsible for the discovery, financing, development and operation of five mines. A member of local government for nine years, including two as President, he was awarded an Australian Centennial Medal for services to the community in 2001. Roderick is an acknowledged world expert in specialty metals production, supply and demand, writing many papers on these topics and speaking at numerous international conferences over the last 20 years


Dr Paul Mitchell, Environment Consultant

Based in Cornwall, Paul has specialised in clean technology, technology transfer, waste management and contaminated land and water treatment across a number of industrial sectors - in particular mining and quarrying - for more than fifteen years. His experience includes the application of mineral engineering technologies in environmental protection and clean-up; development and practical application of best practice in the prediction, prevention, control and treatment of acid rock drainage at non-ferrous metal and coal operations; management and treatment of wastes and effluents generated by mining and quarrying activities; the design and application of indicators to monitor and optimise the environmental and social performance of mining operations and the research, development and implementation of innovative environmental technologies in developed and developing country contexts.

He is particularly experienced in understanding and responding to the varied financial, economic, environmental and social concerns that different stakeholder groups may have regarding technical and management solutions.

Jonny Currell

Jonathan Currell, Exploration Geologist

Jonathan is a Cornish exploration geologist with a BSc in Applied Geology from Camborne School of Mines. He has a strong interest in geological mapping fieldwork, nurtured during his time mapping the Akamas Peninsula of NW Cyprus. As an advanced GIS user, Jonathan will also help the project advance in the office, integrating data to define exploration targets. He has a keen interest in both exploration and resource geology and lives in Cornwall, working full time on our lithium exploration and development.

Edward Hill

Edward Hill, Exploration Geologist

Edward is an Exploration Geologist with experience working on multiple Cu-Au exploration projects in Nevada, USA. He graduated from the Camborne School of Mines with an MSc in Mining Geology giving him a strong background in the regional geology and economic mineralisation of Cornwall. Having worked in exploration, Edward has an keen interest in the industry and will help to develop projects both early stage and through to project generation. Ed lives in Cornwall, working full time on our lithium exploration and development.


Olly Harper, MSc Project

Olly is an MSc exploration geology student at Camborne School of Mines with an undergraduate degree in applied geology from CSM. He is extremely interested in economic geology, particularly target generation and resource geology. With four years of study in Cornwall almost under his belt, he has a thorough understanding of Cornish geology. He has a passion for fieldwork and the outdoors and has racked up significant field time. The majority of which whilst completing a mapping project in the Gennargentu Massif of Sardinia and on various trips throughout the UK. He is excited to help the team in the field over the summer to complete his dissertation.


Craig Sweett, Technical Assistant

Craig was previously employed at Wolf Minerals Hemerdon Tin/Tungsten Mine near Plymouth as both a Process Plant Operator and Environmental Officer. Craig holds a NVQ Level 3 in Leadership and Management.

Craig also has a certificate in IOSH Managing Safely, Emergency First Aid, Confined Space Training, COSHH, PAT Testing and CITB Health, Safety & Environment CSCS.



Alex Hill (Wardell Armstrong), Principal Advisor

Alex is an underground mine and open pit manager with project management and consulting experience built over a career of 40 years in Europe, South East Asia and Africa. Alex has substantial expertise in many aspects of the mining industry, including mineral logistics, seaport management, feasibility studies, developing mine and quarries businesses from green field sites.

Alex’s experience is gained from employment at the Luanshya Copper Mine in Zambia including as mine manager; prior to experience working at management level in the European Kaolin industry, based in Cornwall, UK,managing Park Pit on BodminMoor, Operationsmanager for the Karslake open pits of Little Johns, Dorothy, Old Pound, Long Stones, Wheal Martyn, Gunheath, and managing the North Goonbarrow refiner with Goonbarrow, Rocks and Baal pits. Alex also managed the dryer operation at Rocks and the Par and Fowey sea ports while with IMERYS.


Reg Rowse (Wardell Armstrong), Cornwall Mining Specialist

Reg has extensive experience in Cornish Kaolin, both operationally and technically, gained over the course of 45 years working in the Cornish China Clay industry. His career has spanned the many facets of the industry, across all levels, beginning as a driller and rapidly progressing through the ranks to Shift Captain for multiple operations, both in a mining role and a processing capacity.

Reg has worked in Senior Management roles from 2000 until 2014, with diverse roles as Manager of mining, processing, engineering, logistics and shipping divisions at different times, culminating in Area Manager and Operations Director roles for both Imerys and Goonvean. During his time in these varied roles, Reg has acquired in-depth exposure and knowledge of all the active operations in Cornwall’s China Clay region and the associated component businesses surrounding this well-established extractive industry.