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Dr. Stephen Braithwaite

  • Forename: Stephen
  • Surname: Braithwaite
  • Primary Position: Senior Consulting Engineer
  • Secondary Position: Project Manager (Oil & Gas)

Brief CV

Steve Braithwaite began his mining career with the National Coal Board as a miner. A period University followed where he gained a first class degree and Doctorate in mining engineering. Steve then entered the metalliferous mining industry with Billiton, working first as a corporate mining engineer, project engineer, and project evaluation engineer. He was then appointed chief engineer at Mount Pleasant Tungsten Mine in Canada, where he was responsible for the initial development of the mine and two years of production. Steve then moved into the oil and natural gas industry with Shell. His first appointment was as a drilling engineer with the NAM in the Netherlands. Steve was then appointed chief drilling and production equipment engineer, where he became deeply involved in equipment design, specification and supply, and the quality issues surrounding the use of complex equipment in hostile environments. He then left Shell to become an independent contracting and consulting engineer. He was accepted as an associate with Watts, Griffis and McOuat in Toronto, Canada, and worked with the company as an associate mining engineer for the next ten years. During this period he gained extensive experience as a consultant, working on iron ore, base metal, gold projects, and assisting in the mine valuation practice of the consultancy. Steve then accepted a commission to become the general manager of an emerald mine in Columbia, during which the mine was extensively modified and modernized, significantly improving productivity. Steve then returned to the oil and gas sector where he organized a feasibility study on novel well designs for BEB in Germany. Following this he joined the Shell group once more as a contracting member of a team working on the implementation of high technology wells. Steve Braithwaite is a team player possessing excellent interpersonal skills, and is an expert computer programmer in the field of visual basic database applications.


  • BSc. Mining Engineering (First Class Honours) - Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK PhD Mining and Extraction Systems - Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK

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