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Where Responsible Raw Materials came from and who runs it

Responsible Raw Materials is a global movement, focused solely on making the extraction, production and consumption of raw materials truly responsible. To do this, our challenge is to engage with people from every background, across every country, in order to understand as many impacts from as many perspectives as possible. We believe in open communication, through accessible and diverse forms of communication.

Driving this movement are Sarah Gordon and Rose Clarke, with a global team of dedicated volunteers, supporters and sponsors.




Dr Sarah Gordon completed her undergraduate in Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow and PhD in the chemistry of meteorites at Imperial College London.  She went to work for Anglo American, living and working in Canada, Brazil, southern Africa and Europe in roles including: Exploration geology, Sustainability, Safety and Risk & Assurance.  It was during this time she became passionate about ensuring that we manage our raw materials in the most responsible way possible.  In 2014 Sarah co-founded Satarla, the boutique risk management company that specialises in sustainable, enterprise-wide risk management. Sarah has also been a trustee of The Geological Society of London, Geology for Global Development, an honorary visiting lecturer at Imperial College London & research associate at the University of Johannesburg.  Voted as one of the most inspirational women in mining in 2016, 




Rose is a final year NERC-funded postgraduate research student based at the University of Leicester, working alongside industry and with the British Geological Survey. Her PhD project investigates exploration and genesis of gold deposits enriched in critical metals, and how they can be used to ensure mining is carried out responsibly. She has an interest in sustainability and responsibility within geosciences and mining more specifically, and has undertaken a number of outreach and education projects based on this theme with Girls into Geoscience and the Brilliant Club. Rose is also a project manager at Satarla. Some of her research with Satarla has been looking into the concept of ‘responsible reserves’ and how this may be implemented. 



Josh is a third-year university student at Imperial College London studying Earth and Planetary Science. He undertook an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Placement where he looked into deriving sustainability indicators from material flow analysis of Copper and Nickel in the Philippines, and from that discovered an interest in resource management, mining, and social policy. Josh joined Responsible Raw Materials in the winter of 2020 as a volunteer and helps produce the newsletters. Sign up if you haven’t already!

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As a governance and policy adviser with expertise in strategy, transaction management, regulatory, government relations and permitting, Ludivine assists natural resources companies and investors in emerging markets, and works on technical assistance programmes for States focusing on mining policy, governance and taxation. Ludivine has experience in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, and significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris; she also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors. In 2013, she was nominated by her peers to be one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.



Norman is an experienced environmental and sustainability professional. His career spans over 34 years, with his first 20 years as an environmental and engineering consultant on projects in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, and South America, then, working directly in the mining industry in Chile and Perú, with widely varied roles encompassing leadership in planning, studies, design, permitting, construction oversight, commissioning, operations, and closure. Norman has highly developed organizational, leadership and communication skills, and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Over the past 15 years he has been based in Chile. He is the VP Americas for Satarla.



Keiran is a postgraduate research student based at the Camborne School of Mines, investigating the safety and sustainable development of small-scale, high-grade mining operations. The aim is to assess the risks and hazards associated with technological small-scale mining on site personnel, local populations and the environment, and develop culture models to help companies improve their environmental and social sustainability. 

His PhD is being carried out within the wider ‘IMP@CT’ Project, involving multiple industry and academic partners across Europe. In addition to his postgraduate studies, Keiran is a Research Associate with Satarla, and fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS).

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Ellen studied Exploration and Resource Geology at Cardiff University.  Since graduating she has gained experience working in both the public and private sector in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.  She has assisted with the drafting of national and European standards and acted as a correspondence officer for the Premier of New South Wales. In 2018 Ellen co-authored a thought leadership paper for Lloyds of London as part of their report series on emerging risks. Now a Trainer and Project Manager at Satarla, Ellen leads on the delivery of Satarla’s mining and insurance research, and manages various training and consultancy projects with Satarla’s clients in the UK, Australia and central Africa. Ellen is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and is certified in ISO 9001 Quality Management and Systems Training (2017).



Marissa completed her Masters in Crisis and Security Management from Leiden University, whilst completing her masters she spent time researching the current state of artisanal and illegal gold mining in the region of Madre de Dios in the Peruvian amazon rainforest. Simultaneously focusing on the relationship between organized crime and human trafficking in these mining operations. Through her time in Peru, she worked closely with several Ngo’s and local community workers aiming to offer a new approach to identifying victims of human trafficking within mining communities.

Currently Marissa is working as a Tutor/Lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs within Leiden University teaching the Bachelor of Security Studies on a variety of courses within the realms or security and safety and how it applies within society. 

We are also fortunate to have received support from the following sponsors:

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