Edward Bickham Elected to ICMI Board of Directors; Elisa Tonda and Dirk van Zyl Re-elected

Edward Bickham has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Cyanide Management Institute, and Elisa Tonda and Dirk van Zyl have been re-elected as Directors. All were elected to four-year terms.

Edward Bickham holds many senior advisory roles in the mining, oil and gas sectors including being a Senior Adviser to Critical Resource Ltd; he is based in London, England. He is a former Strategic Adviser to the International Council on Mining and Metals, and from 2010-14 he was Senior Adviser to the World Gold Council, advising on the development of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard. He served at Board level in the development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative from 2005 until 2013. He is currently a member of the Steering Board for the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, and since 2014 he has served as Chairman of the Institute of Business Ethics’ Board of Trustees.

Mr. Bickham was Executive Vice President, External Affairs for the global mining group, Anglo American plc, between 2000 and 2009. He was responsible for government relations and public policy, corporate communications, political risk, social and community development and the company’s business principles. Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Public and Corporate Affairs (and later Deputy Chairman), Hill and Knowlton UK from 1993 until 2000. From 1991 to 1993 he was Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary during the first Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty. From 1988 he was Executive Director, Corporate Communications for British Satellite Broadcasting. Between 1983 to 1988 he was Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, and to successive Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland. Mr. Bickham graduated in Law from St John’s College, Oxford in 1977.

Elisa Tonda is the Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Consumption and Production Unit in Paris, France, and Dirk van Zyl is a Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment at the University of British Columbia’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining and Engineering in Vancouver, Canada.    

The Intenational Cyanide Management Institutte has been established to administer the International Cyanide Management Code for Gold Mining, and promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A list of the signatory companies, along with the full text of the Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are at www.cyanidecode.org.

Date: 
Friday, June 2, 2017