Colin Jones started his mining career with British Coal in South Wales and following Coal Mine certification, completed a mining degree at Cardiff University in the UK. Several years of contract management followed with Thyssens, supervising development, including mechanised mine development and shaft sinking activities. His executive mine management experience culminated at Rio Tinto's world class Copper Mine in Portugal where he was the Project Manager and later became the Director of Production. Mr Jones consulting expertise includes 15 years with Rio Tinto Technical Services where, as Principal Consultant, he consulted globally. Mr Jones was responsible for the underground development of the Fortaleza Nickel Mine in Brazil and was a core consultant for the underground development at the Palabora mine in South Africa. Mr Jones is an independent consultant, has an MBA, speaks Portuguese and maintains a residence in Brazil.