Richard Herrington – 2024 – Exploration for mine closure: mitigating the risks of long-term liability


Professor Richard Herrington is based at the Natural History Museum (NHM) and is visiting Professor at both the University of Exeter and Imperial College. He trained as an economic geologist, and his 40 years of experience includes in the mining industry which has framed his current programme of research that provides solutions to the challenges of discovery and recovery of useful minerals.  In this endeavour he is seeking nature-based supply solutions that ensure sustainable planetary outcomes and is working on a new ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to be applied to mining projects that can be inherently regenerative as well as delivering a good deal for all stakeholders. He is currently a member of the UK government’s Critical Minerals Expert Committee and is an advisor to the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre based at the British Geological Survey.