Colin Bird has a Diploma in Mining Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is a certified Mine Manager both in the UK and SA. The formative part of his career was spent with the National Coal Board in UK and thereafter he moved to the Zambia Consolidated Copper mines and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo American Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Limited, which involved responsibility for gold operations in the Argentina, Venezuela and Spain. In addition to his coal mining activities he has been involved in the management of Nickel, Copper, Gold and other diverse mineral operations. He has founded and floated several public companies in the resource sector and served on resource company boards in the UK, Canada and South Africa.
A director since 1995. He was appointed chief executive officer of Minmet Plc in November 1999, having held the position of finance director for all the companies in the Minmet Group since 1994. A Chartered Accountant, he worked with Deloitte & Touche in Dublin and was executive director of Equity and Corporate Finance Plc, the London based corporate finance and investment house.
Previous experience includes three years as Group Financial Controller at marketing services agency - WTS Group Limited, where he was appointed by the Virgin Group to oversee their investment in the WTS Group Ltd. More recently he was finance director of Kiwara Plc which was acquired by First Quantum Minerals Ltd in January 2010. Over the last few years, he has been involved in senior managerial positions for several AIM quoted/JSE listed companies predominantly in the resource sector and has also been involved in FSA compliance work within the investment business sector.