With our ever-increasing sales at MMS we are pleased to announce that Mr Tim Sambrook has recently joined the company as business development manager. Tim is based in the UK and will work out of the Cardiff office.

Tim has 15 years’ operations management experience with both military and mining projects throughout the globe.

After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Chemistry (MChem), he joined the 1st the Queen’s Dragoon Guards (Welsh Cavalry) with whom he conducted long range reconnaissance and strike operations. After meeting his wife, he was “persuaded” that he should consider a career with slightly more time at home; it remains his greatest achievement in convincing her that mining would be that more stable alternative!

Graduating Camborne School of Mines (CSM) with a Distinction in his MSc Minerals Processing Course, Tim initially stayed on to continue his research work in high temperature Bioleaching before being recruited to join SGS Minerals as a Project Metallurgist. At SGS, he specialised in fine gravity processing, environmental characterisation, and diagnostic leaching. He joined the Drakelands Hemerdon Tungsten-Tin project in 2016 as a Plant Metallurgist with responsibility for retrofit operations and commissioning.

Mineco Ltd recruited him in 2018 to act as the Group Metallurgist looking at optimisation of their existing Pb-Cu-Zn flotation plants and to train the new concentrator staff at the Olovo cerussite project. He was asked to switch to the the Project Manager role in late 2018 to deliver the greenfield Olovo project; in this role he held additionally technical responsibility for the processing plant, dry stack tailings storage facility, staff training and environmental monitoring. The Olovo project was successfully delivered in 2020 and is the first new metalliferous mine in Bosnia in over 40 years. He has thoroughly fallen in love with the Balkans, the people, and the excellent food.

He has research interests in fine mineral separation and optimising small – medium scale industrial mining. He is an active member of both AusIMM and IChemE.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, trail running in the hills and horse riding along the Cornish coast.