Alex Biggs, Principal Mining Engineer
Alex is a graduate of the Western Australian School of Mines and a member of AusIMM. He is a qualified Mining Engineer and Mechanical Engineer with experience in technical and management positions in both in client and consulting environments as well as corporate finance. He has strong experience in feasibility studies, finance, mine costing, financial modelling, project evaluation, project scheduling and contractor engagement/management. He also has experience in finance including capital raising for equity, debt, and hybrid financing models.
Alex has the technical knowledge base to undertake:
• Feasibility studies
• Project management
• Project evaluation
• Financial modelling
• Mining finance
What is your role, and how long have you been at MGT?
I’m a Principal Mining Engineer at MGT and been here since April 2020.
What sparked your interest in this field?
I used to be a mechanical engineer in Queensland and started working in the mining industry. Originating from London, I previously wasn’t exposed to the mining industry and was encouraged to study at the WA School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie.
Share a memorable project story.
Completing a difficult feasibility study that we then raised A$100 million in debt funding for. I managed a team that completed the task before time and on budget with a great outcome. There were some difficult times but regardless we kept focused on our vision and delivered on what we said we would.
What is a quote that has stuck with you?
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb
What advice would you give to aspiring mining engineers?
If you want to be successful in the mining business, unlearn being a mining engineer. You need to know the technical, know what’s going on, yet to be more than that; engineering doesn’t develop entrepreneurship. The fundamentals of engineering don’t change; it’s your intuition that should be a key driver in your decision making and instilling a ‘freedom of thought’ process to go beyond the technical bubble.
Who in your team would you like to give a shout-out to?
My shoutout goes to Nicole. She showed me what makes a great consultant when we worked together many years ago, as well as made me realise what else there is to consulting beyond the technical side. She is one of the best.
Share a picture of you ‘in the field’.
In the Field: Cambodia