A mining engineer and graduate of the Royal School of Mines in London, Gately spent the early part of his career working in the Cornish tin industry at both Wheal Jane and South Crofty mines and was the General Manager at South Crofty at the time of its closure in 1998.
After next working for Rio Tinto in senior positions at underground base metal mines in both Europe and South America, he joined Lundin Mining Corp, where he provided technical oversight for its operating mines and growth initiatives including acquisitions and construction of underground and open-pit mines.
Gatley said he was pleased to be joining a company focused on restarting the Cornish mining industry “and I look forward to bringing my technical underground mining experience and local knowledge to bear”.
Chief executive Richard Williams noted that the new board member’s knowledge would be “extremely valuable” as he was very familiar with the company’s South Crofty tin project.
“His commitment to our company is testament to the potential he sees for Cornish Metals to be an important supplier of some of the metals the UK needs in the push to net-zero and electrification of the economy,” he added.