Don Newport has a wealth of mining project finance experience. He joined Barclays Bank in 1972, in the mid-80s he moved across to lead the mining sector team in BZW, subsequently to become Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC. In 1999, Mr Newport was recruited by Standard Bank to head up their global mining finance business. Over the years, Mr Newport led numerous significant mining corporate and project financings including base and precious metals, coal, smelters and allied infrastructure facilities both as arranger and as advisor. Upon his retirement as head of Standard Bank’s global mining finance business, he was honoured with the Mining Journal’s Life Time Achievement Award at Mines and Money in London. Mr Newport is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services (formerly Chartered Institute of Bankers) and holds the Certified Accountants Diploma in Accounting and Finance.