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Gemma Dickenson – senior project manager
Gemma is an experienced project manager who has been working for Banks Mining for the last few years. Gemma’s role is to manage and assist the project team for Highthorn in the achievement of project goals and milestones. Central to Gemma’s hands-on approach is gaining the trust and support of those she works with, including the community within which the projects are based. With previous experience in the construction and offshore renewable industries, Gemma brings a wide range of experience in challenging and complex projects.

Jeannie Kielty – community relations manager
Jeannie’s role with Banks involves working with communities across Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland where we have development proposals. Jeannie makes sure that communities see a benefit from Banks’ investment in their area and that all sections of the community are involved in the development, refinement and finalisation of project designs. This gives people, who live near one of our proposed sites, the chance to express their opinions and ideas about it, so they can influence how it is shaped from an early stage in the design process. Get in touch with Jeannie any time on 0844 264 4582 or

Stewart Provan – principal development planner
Stewart has been a planner for over 25 years and has worked for the Banks Group since 2003. He produces the planning applications that are submitted to local councils and liaises with key stakeholders and groups to ensure that the proposals that are submitted are the best that they can be. Stewart has a wealth of planning experience following his ongoing involvement in all areas of the business, including mining, renewables and property.

Mark Simmons – landscape architect
Mark is responsible for the design of the restoration schemes for the sites and the landscape and visual assessments that form part of the environmental impact assessments for a planning application. An important aspect of the site design process is Mark’s input into the design and location of the storage mounds for the working site, to improve their appearance and setting in the landscape. Employed by the company for 15 years, key projects include the design of the historic park restoration at Blagdon Hall and the Shotton restoration scheme including working with Charles Jencks on the design of Northumberlandia.

Richard Hutchinson – landscape manager
Richard is responsible for the restoration and aftercare of sites. Richard has worked in the farming sector for over 35 years and has worked for Banks since 2009.  Much of his work is ensuring the former agricultural and forestry land is put back into food and woodland production during restoration and aftercare, in addition to improving wildlife habitats and creating new habitats in and around the sites.  He is also responsible for seeding of the soil storage areas and managing all vegetation throughout the coal extraction phase.

Gary Morgan – business development manager (coal)
Gary has worked for the Banks Group for over 20 years, initially based on site working as a surveyor and more latterly enjoying the role of business development manager. Identifying future coal sites, securing the necessary land rights and liaising closely with landowners and tenants on our existing and prospective projects are his main day to day activities.

Andrew Heron – geologist
Andrew is responsible for the design and appraisal of future and existing mining sites from a geological perspective. Andrew’s responsibilities include producing estimates on coal tonnage, quality and ratio, and managing the company exploration programme.  With previous experience at another mining company, Andrew has been at Banks since April 2014.

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