Our UK office, based in Cornwall, has been providing engineering services throughout Western and Eastern Europe since 2013 and in 2021 we established an office in Madrid, Spain to provide services local to that area.

The UK office started with a primary focus on mine backfilling and tailings systems which has expanded to include mine dewatering designs as well as offering services to other sectors, such as the nuclear and quarrying industries. We offer services from the conceptual phase through to detailed engineering, commissioning and follow-up operational and troubleshooting support.

Our on-site laboratory offers a wide range of testing capability which supports project engineering from concept to closure. This ranges from initial material characterisation, dewatering test work such as sedimentation, thickening and filtration as well as backfill test work, including UCS and tri-axial strength testing. We also offer slurry characterisation test work through rheology studies using rotation viscometry and flow loop test work. Test work complementary to the engineering work can also be conducted which includes permeability, settling, monolithic leachate as well as coordinating geotechnical testing.

We are also experienced in commissioning and overseeing on-site construction work and can offer other site services such as process audits and overseeing plant upgrades and retrofits.

Management Team

Cornwall, United Kingdom
Stephen Wilson

BEng (Hons), ACSM, CEng, MIMMM

Stephen, a mining engineer with particular specialisation in tailings dewatering and mine backfill, has been consulting to the minerals industry since 2002. He has a Mining Engineering degree from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, and is a chartered engineer with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. In 2013 Stephen established the Paterson & Cooke Cornwall Office.

Stephen Wilson

Damian Granlund

BEng (Chemical), MEng (Chemical) 1st Class Hons, CEng, MIChemE

Damian is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers who joined Paterson & Cooke in 2015. He has led a wide variety of mining projects and specialises in hydraulic modelling and plant design. He has a strong knowledge of process design and review including HAZOP chairing. He also has extensive project management experience from pre-feasibility through to construction, commissioning and hand over. He is a Director of the UK Business.

Damian Granlund

Paul Ainsworth

BEng. (Hons), ACSM, Mineral Processing, MIMMM.

Paul is a Senior Process Engineer and manager of the Paterson & Cooke UK laboratory. He has over 15 years of experience, focused on the development of process flow sheets, equipment design, commissioning and trouble shooting. He also has extensive knowledge of solid/liquid separation test work that has involved many different ore types and applications. He has travelled considerably to support the Paterson & Cooke group worldwide since joining in 2014.

Paul Ainsworth

Andy Beveridge

BSc. (Hons), ACSM,  MAusIMM(CP)

Andy is a Chartered Geotechnical engineer and has worked on a wide range of mining, civil and nuclear projects with a particular focus on operational geotechnics and backfill. Throughout his career, Andy has participated in or taken the lead on technical studies, engineering design, operations, and maintenance. Having worked on projects from concept to closure, Andy has developed a deep understanding of the interactions between disciplines and the positive impact of quality design and engineering. In addition to backfill and geotechnical engineering, Andy has operated as Project Manager, Project Engineer and Field Service Engineer in a range of industries.

Madrid, Spain
Santiago Castro

MEng (Mining), EUEng (FEANI)

Santiago is a European Mining Engineer with more than 15 years of experience working on mining projects. His focus is on mining processing and mine waste management, being involved in the review, conceptual and basic design, and equipment sizing of paste plant and paste backfill distribution systems. He has been involved in the design, construction site supervision, and site inspection of tailings management facilities and waste dumps globally. He also has experience in Mine Closure Plan for TMF and Mines. Santiago Joined Paterson & Cooke in July 2021. He is the Regional Business Manager for Iberia.

Santiago Castro