John Atherton joined the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) in February 2002 and is director of health, safety and product stewardship. He is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to ICMM’s work on health, safety and product stewardship including promoting alignment with intergovernmental policy development.
Before joining ICMM, John was director for environment (Europe) at the Nickel Development Institute (NiDI). He was responsible for the development of strategies and programmes to improve the environmental performance of the primary nickel industry. He also facilitated the nickel industry responses to key European regulatory policy initiatives.
Prior to NiDI, John was the director of the European office at the International Cadmium Association and from 1991 to 1995 John worked within the UK Department of the Environment as a metals policy advisor.
He has a PhD in Earth Sciences.