Fiona Cessford

Corporate Consultant and Practice Leader

SRK Consulting

Fiona has nearly 30 years’ experience in the management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.      

Fiona has worked as both a regulator at the UK’s Environment Agency (8 years) and as a consultant in SRK’s South African and UK practices (>20 years). Fiona’s E&S experience spans preparation and management of ESIAs, input to project engineering studies (PEA, PFS, FS etc), management planning, closure planning, risk management, audit and due diligence, technical advice on water and waste issues, and environmental reporting. She regularly works with multidisciplinary due diligence teams, commenting on ESG and health & safety risks associated with new and existing mining and infrastructure projects as input to competent persons reports, mergers & acquisitions, and financial transactions.

She has been the independent engineer (environment) for loan agreements in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, focusing on compliance with the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards, as well as host country requirements. Having worked on multiple gold, base metal, bauxite, and heavy mineral sand projects (amongst others), Fiona’s global mining knowledge assists her in communicating ESG risks in a language understood by mine managers, lenders, and corporate decision makers.

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