Clive Mitchell

Clive Mitchell

Industrial minerals geologist
BGS Keyworth


Clive is an Industrial Minerals Geologist with over 30 years’ experience of capacity building, resource assessment, technical evaluation, mineral processing and Artisanal Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) research in the UK and overseas. His role has included project leader; industrial minerals geologist; small-scale mining research; industrial commodity 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, mineral waste & quarry 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, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Clive is an experienced communicator and has presented at over 50 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 mineral waste and silica 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.

Clive Mitchell’s Biography

  •  2019 : BGS Industrial Minerals Geologist with a focus on UK and international industrial mineral research with current focus on construction aggregate, dimension stone, mineral waste and silica sand.
  •  2013 –2019 : Head of Corporate Communications & Publications; Press Officer;
  •  2008 –2012 : Task Leader for the high-purity limestone and dimension stone resource assessment projects in the UAE
  •  2005 –2008 : Project Leader of ‘Institutional strengthening of the Afghanistan Geological Survey’ (DfID)
  •  2004 –2008 : Project Leader of ‘Quarry Fines Minimisation’ and ‘Waterless Fines Removal’ (Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund)
  •  1999 –2005 : Project leader of ‘FarmLime: Low-cost lime for small-scale farming’ (DfID KaR)
  •  1996 –1998 : Project Leader of ‘Local development of affordable lime in southern Africa’ (DfID KaR)
  •  1989 –1995 : Recruited by BGS; working on DfID KaR projects in sub-Saharan Africa; plus mineral evaluation and mineral processing
  •  1987 : MSc University of Hull, Industrial Mineralogy – MSc thesis ‘The heavy mineral sands of Spurn Head’
  •  1985 : BSc University of Nottingham, Geology (Hons)

Research interests

Current projects and collaborations

  • Research on Frac Sand resources and Mineral Waste in the UK; Collaboration with the Ministry of Energy & Industry (MOEI), United Arab Emirates (UAE); industrial mineral resource evaluation work in the UK, Middle East and Africa;


Published outputs


  • Communication including presentation at conference and workshops.
  • Industrial mineral resource assessment, characterisation, mineral processing, evaluation and industrial assessment.
  • Mineral processing including Artisanal Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) research.
  • Project leadership (Prince2)

Professional associations

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

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