Maelgwyn Mineral Services Personnel
Board of Directors
- Michael Battersby
- Dr Rainer Imhof
- Peter Sullivan
- Stephen Flatman
Chairman and Managing Director
Michael Battersby is a co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd (MMS), based in Cardiff, Wales. He has 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and corporate development. An early career in various gold, diamond & base metal operations in Africa, Europe, South America and Australia was followed by over 20 years work in commercialising innovative technology. In 1997 he co-founded MMS with inventor and engineer Dr Rainer Imhof. Mike is Chairman of a number of associated international companies including Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa Pty Ltd (MMS 48%) and Maelgwyn Australia Pty Ltd (MMS 100%). In addition, he is also a director of Greenhills Technologies International Ltd. A privately owned mining and processing company looking to develop gold projects within Europe.
In 20 years MMS has become one of the leading technology development companies in the minerals processing industry. The company has invented, patented, developed and commercialised a range of different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 MMS won the SmartWales award for the development of the G-Cell pneumatic flotation system. In 2006 the company won the “Celebration of Innovation” award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.
Mike has degrees in Mineral Processing (Cardiff University, Wales) and Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia). He is a Chartered Engineer and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (London), the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME (USA).
In 2012 Mike was appointed a director of the Coalition of Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC). CEEC is a not for profit industry led international organisation whose aim is the acceleration of awareness of the industry to improve energy utilisation in the major area of comminution (size reduction).
In addition, Mike is also on the board of directors of both the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and its associate member, Welsh Triathlon Limited. The BTF is recognised as one of the world’s leading sporting NGB’s in areas of governance and leadership, whilst it has been the most successful triathlon nation at the last two Olympic Games. Mike also participates in the sport at age group level. He is a former British Age Group Champion and has represented team Great Britain at both the European and World Triathlon Championships over a number of years
Dr Rainer Imhof
Co-founder and Engineering Director
Dr Imhof has a M.Eng degree in chemistry and a PhD in mineral processing from University of Clausthal, Germany. He has over 40 years design, R&D and management experience in coal and non-ferrous process industries. Rainer has previously worked for Uranerz in Germany, researching various beneficiation processes. He then spent nearly 20 years developing technology for various mineral processing equipment suppliers in Germany including EKOF, KHD Humboldt Wedag (now called MBE Coal & Minerals) and Allmineral. Dr Imhof is credited with the commercialisation of pneumatic flotation, whose early concept had been developed by Prof. Barr at the University of Clausthal in the 1970’s. During his career Dr Imhof has been involved in the design and supply of many 100’s of flotation plants featuring pneumatic flotation in a whole range of applications including base metal, gold and industrial minerals. Rainer also used his theoretical background in bubble generation, shear and mass transfer to invent the Aachen Reactor for MMS. The development of the Aachen Reactor was specifically focused on solving a problem for gold processing operations. In his career he has had over 20 patents granted in his name covering various devices and processes including pneumatic flotation and mass transfer devices. Rainer is Chairman of GDMB (German mining association) flotation technical committee.
Rainer lives near Hamburg in Germany where he spends his time inventing, designing and improving technology offered by MMS, as well as flowsheet design and equipment selection for the companies projects.
Peter has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University, UK and an MSc from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Peter started his mining career with the National Coal Board in the UK and also later worked seven years as a project manager with the South African Chamber of Mines Research, mainly investigating coal mining techniques. In 1982, he joined DeBeers and was seconded to Angola as a mining engineer working on the state-owned diamond mines. After this period with DeBeers Peter has spent many years in Angola running various diamond operations as operations manager. In 1992 he was one of the initial six employees of ITM Mining Limited who established mining operations after the curtailment of the civil war in Angola. The company grew to become one of the largest revenue producers in Angola. Peter then spent seven years as Director do Projecto for Sociedade Mineira do Lucapa, an ENDIAMA state controlled diamond mining company. Peter is currently an executive director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa (Pty) Ltd and also the Managing Director of Greenhills Technologies International Ltd.; a private company looking to develop mining and processing projects in Europe.
Peter lives on the coast between Lisbon and Cascais in Portugal and spends his free time trying to improve his golf handicap.
MMS Director and General Manager
Steve has a BSc in Minerals Technology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London and over 36 years’ experience in minerals processing. He spent 24 years in a variety of metallurgical management positions with AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa up to the level of Metallurgical Manager. From AngloGold he was seconded to Rand Refinery Ltd where he was employed in several positions including an extended period as acting Managing Director. Steve returned to the UK in 2008 to join project management company Aker Solutions. He has been General Manager at MMS since 2009.
Whilst a highly experienced metallurgist Steve has specialist knowledge of gold leaching, CIL/CIP operations, refractory gold processing and tailings processing. This includes being in charge of the ERGO Operations on the East Rand in South Africa, the world’s largest tailings retreatment operation.
He is a registered Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) in the UK and Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng) in South Africa and a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mine Metallurgical Managers Association where he has served on council as a regional representative and as President.
Steve has been a lifelong supporter of Man United football club and espouses the team at every opportunity. Whilst his former sporting career as a long distance runner has now been curtailed by dodgy knees, he still retains a high level of fitness with active gym sessions.
Technical Sales Manager
Heiner has an MSc in Process Engineering from the University of Cologne and a degree in Environmental Engineering and Water Treatment from the Technical University Braunschweig. He spent 16 years with KHD Humboldt Wedag AG in various positions covering R&D, process engineering and project management. Heiner has had positions as Head of the Engineering Department with Krupp Fordertechnik GmbH, Head of Sales and Projects with Sutco GmbH and five years as Project Manager with Burgess-Manning GmbH all dealing with process equipment.
Klaus has a BSc in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Applied Sciences, Dortmund. He spent 11 years with KHD Humboldt Wedag AG in various departments, undertaking design, plant layout and process and commissioning of coal preparation plants. Klaus then had a position as Design Manager with Deutsche Steinkohle AG where he introduced 3D design technologies into the company on various Projects.
Richard Mark Battersby
Independent Consultant – Metallurgical Operations
Mark has a degree in Mineral Processing from Cardiff University and over 30 years experience in the mineral processing, mining and engineering industry. He has been Senior Metallurgist for Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines in Zambia and Senior Plant Metallurgist and Production Manager for AngloGold in South Africa. Mark has been Manager of a number of engineering businesses and for 14 years ran his own auto-engineering company in Johannesburg which he sold in 2005. Following this he was employed as Assistant Head of Metallurgy and Engineering for SML in Angola, mining diamonds. Mark joined MMS in March 2008 as Manager of Metallurgical Operations and has undertaken projects in Australia, Europe and South America. He spent a three year period in Brazil for MMS, servicing client requirements. Mark is the Managing Director of Belotech Pty Ltd; a South African based technology company. Mark currently acts as a metallurgical consultant to MMS.
MMS Office Manager
Aleksandra has a BA in Management Accounting from the University of Glamorgan, Wales and is a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA. Prior to joining Maelgwyn she gained broad experience in a range of positions covering accountancy, general administration and human resource roles. Aleksandra is also a native polish speaker.