Mr Clive Mitchell

Mr Clive Mitchell

Head of Corporate Communications & Publications / Industrial Minerals Specialist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3257

E-mail Mr Clive Mitchell


Clive is responsible for the BGS press office, web delivery, public engagement, internal communications and publications.

He is an industrial minerals specialist with 25 years’ experience of capacity building, resource assessment, technical evaluation, mineral processing and small-scale mining research in the UK and overseas. His role has included project leader; industrial minerals geologist; small-scale mining reviewer; market research, training and workshop co-coordinator; and development of field testing methods.

He has coordinated the reconnaissance, field sampling, characterisation, mineral processing, product evaluation, dissemination workshops and investment promotion on many industrial minerals projects. This has included brick clay, construction aggregate, dimension stone, dolomite, feldspar, graphite, garnet- & andalusite-schists, gypsum, kaolin, limestone, marble, mica, mineral sand, perlite, phosphates, quarry waste & fines, sand & gravel, silica sand and talc-magnesite schist. He has worked on projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, UK, and Zambia.

Clive is an experienced communicator and has presented at over 40 conferences. He also manages the BGS MineralsUK website. Clive is the secretary of the organising committee for the Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference. He is currently researching frac sand resources in the UK.

Clive is a member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) technical committee (B/502/06) for test methods. He is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with the Geological Society of London.


Current projects and collaboration

Research interests


  • Communications
  • Industrial mineral evaluation
  • Mineral processing
  • Project leadership

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist (CGeol) of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of the Association of Geoscientists in Development (AGID)

Published outputs

Key papers

Mitchell, C J and Benham, A. 2008. Afghanistan: revival and redevelopment. Industrial Minerals, 489, 58-63.

Mitchell, C J and Benham, A. 2010. On the road to Qalamkar: The block seller of Kabul In: Scott, P W and Walton, G. (eds). Proceedings of the 15th Extractive Industry Geology Conference, 87-91.

Mitchell, Clive John. 2014. UK Frac Sand Resources In: Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference, St Andrews, UK, 12-13 June 2014.

Mitchell, Clive. 2011. High purity limestone quest Industrial Minerals, 531. 48-51.

Mitchell, Clive. 2014. High-purity limestone in the UAE [Lecture] In: The Second International Forum for Industrial Rocks and Construction Materials 2014, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, 3-6 Feb 2014.

Mitchell, C.J. 2012. Advice and design for a 'Geolab', Geological Department, The Gambia. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 11 pages. (OR/12/003).

Mitchell, C J. 2005. FarmLime: low-cost lime for small-scale farming From Marker, B R, Petterson, M G, McEvoy, F & Stephenson, M H (eds). 2005. Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 250, 121–126.

Mitchell, C J, Harrison, D J, Robinson, H L and Ghazireh, N. 2003. Minerals from Waste: recent BGS and Tarmac experience in finding uses for mine and quarry waste Minerals Engineering, 17, 2004. 279–284.

Mitchell, C J. 2002. Field evaluation of fine-grained industrial minerals From Scott, P W & Bristow, C M (eds). Industrial Minerals and Extractive Industry Geology. Geological Society, London, 235–238.

Mitchell, C J. 1994. Laboratory evaluation of kaolin: a case study from Zambia From Whateley, M K G & Harvey, P K (eds). 1994. Mineral Resource Evaluation II: Methods and Case Histories, Geological Society Special Publication No. 79, 241–247.

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