Higher National Diploma in Mining Engineering (Trent Polytech College, United Kingdom)
Mr Bird is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a UK Chartered Engineer. He also holds a UK and South African Mine Managers Certificate for coal mines. The formative part of his career was spent in the UK coal mining industry and thereafter he moved to the Zambian copper belt and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo Coal and BP Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Ltd, which involved responsibility for Costain’s interest in the UK, Latin-America and Spain. Mr Bird has had senior technical and operational experience in a number of commodities to include coal, nickel, gold, copper and industrial minerals.
After his extensive operational and technical career, he became involved in corporate finance and has been the prime mover in a number of public listings, mainly on the UK AIM market.