Women in Mining UK

Lucy Crane
Women in Mining UK, executive committee;
Young Mining Professionals, committee;
Cornish Lithium, senior geologist

Lucy holds a degree in EarthSciences from Oxford University, and a Masters in Mining Geology from theCamborne School of Mines. She is a strong advocate for the standardisation of sustainable and responsible practices in mining, promoting these actions to the wider public – she has delivered a TEDx talk on sustainable mining practices –and is passionate about making the industry a more diverse place to work. Her actions in these areas have been recognised with the Rising Star Award at Mines& Money (London) in 2019.

Lucy started off her career as a geologist with Altus Strategies, carrying out base metal exploration inAfrica and gaining field experience in Morocco and Ethiopia. Since 2017, she has been based in Cornwall, working on Cornish Lithium’s exploration programme for lithium in geothermal waters and hard rock, in addition to its expansion into exploration for other battery metals in the UK’s southwest.

With the nascent geothermal industry, she is particularly excited about the growing synergies between raw material extraction and energy production. Lucy sees the co-production of critical raw materials with renewable heat and power as a significant opportunity for the industry to develop new technologies and shift to a more sustainable method of material extraction. She also understands the benefit this will have on the southwest region.

Lucy sits on the executive committee for Women in Mining UK and the committee for Young Mining Professionals (YMP)London. In her role as head of membership for WIM, Lucy leads her team on delivering initiatives focused on attracting more females in to the mining sector. Initiatives include Mining Engineering MSc scholarships, UK-wide mentoring events, and a 6-8 week summer internship scheme for technical roles (the first of which Anglo American held in South Africa last year). Through the YMP, Lucy plays a key role in facilitating networking opportunities and education events for her peers at the beginning of their careers.