Grace Humphries – 2024 – Improving the resilience of critical mineral supply chains and supporting UK security of supply


The UK’s first Critical Minerals Strategy was launched in July 2022, with a refreshed delivery approach published in March 2023. Following these publications, the Department for Business and Trade has been collaborating across Government to deliver on the aims of the Strategy, to improve the resilience of critical mineral supply chains and support UK security of supply. This session provides an overview of the Strategy and the work to deliver it, within the context of a rapidly evolving international and geopolitical landscape.


Grace is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Business and Trade. She joined what was then the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2019. Since becoming a civil servant, she has gained experience in a range of policy roles, before joining the critical minerals policy team in October 2022. Prior to the civil service, she worked in both the private and non-profit sectors, including in consultancy and an education charity. She completed her BA degree in English and Political Science in the US, followed by an MPhil degree in Development Studies in the UK.

Additional Information

UK’s Critical Minerals Strategy

Critical Minerals Refresh

Task and Finish Group: industry resilience for critical minerals and Critical Minerals Task and Finish Group: government response