Meet The Team

The mineral products team in graduation gowns.

The Mineral Products Team comprises of:

Mark Osbaldeston – Head of Centre for Mineral Products and Temporary Programme Leader for Mineral Products Technology until 1st Jan 2019

Originally a Mechanical/Mining Engineer with British Coal. He moved to Hanson in 1995 & graduated with a BEng in Quarry & Road Construction from the University of Leeds in 1998.

During an exceptional career with Hanson, Mark worked in a number of operational & management roles.

In 2005 Mark joined the IQ as their Educational Lead where his role involved close work with the team at Doncaster College delivering the Industry’s professional qualifications.

Mark joined the University of Derby in 2007 as the Provision Leader for the Quarry & Asphalt programmes & then became the Head of the Centre for Mineral Products in 2012.

Mark is a member of the IQ, an associate member of the IAT & through his Post Grad qualification in learning & teaching, Mark is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Contact: or +44(0)1332 591763

Dr Rob Donnelly – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Minerals Management Programme Leader

In his previous role Rob was the Head of Estates for Ibstock Building Products and in addition, Rob has been a Partner/Director of Geoplan Consultancy, Operations Services Director for Hanson Building Products, Landfill Manager and Senior Geologist at Hanson. Rob has a PhD from the University of Wales.

Rob’s role is Academic Lead for the Centre’s Honours Degree Programme.

In addition, Rob lectures in a wide variety of areas throughout all of the Centre’s programmes and Rob also brings a considerable amount of research experience that allows him to contribute and add value to the Centre.

Contact: or +44(0)1332 597885

Dr Andy Smith – Cement, Concrete and Clay Programme Leader

Andy is an Industrial Minerals Geologist by training who has worked in or as a consultant in the mineral products sector his entire career.

Previously Andy was a staff member at Leicester University (where he obtained his PhD in Concrete Tech), the Head of Research & Technical Development at Hanson Brick and for the last 13 years a Principle Consultant at Ceram (now Lucideon).

Andy’s role is Academic Lead for all of the Centre’s Clay, Concrete and Cement programmes. In addition, Andy lectures in a wide variety of areas throughout all of the Centre’s programmes and Andy also brings a good research track record that allows him to contribute and add value to the Centre.

Contact: or +44(0)1332 597989

Dr Helen Bailey - Academic Lead for all the Centre’s Asphalt and Pavements Programmes

Helen graduated from The University of Leeds in 2005 with a First Class honours in Architectural Engineering. From there she went on to work in Aggregate Industries asphalt research and development department, completing a number of projects and her PhD. Helen later worked in the field of asphalt recycling and tar remediation before joining TRL in 2012. During her time at TRL Helen contributed to an international team and undertook work across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Since leaving TRL in 2015, Helen has set up her own consultancy, Driven, which allows her to remain an active part of the industry she loves, whilst also leading the asphalt programmes within the centre.  Helen is a Chartered Engineer with the IAT (Institute of Asphalt Technology) via the CIHT (Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation), and Council member of both the Institute of Asphalt Technology and Institute of Quarrying.

Helen’s role is Lead Lecturer for a number of the Centres Asphalt & Pavement and Materials modules such as, Asphalt Technology, Pavement Solutions and Construction Products Technology. In addition, Helen’s track record in terms of research adds further value to the Centre.

Contact: or 44+(0)1332 597958

Chris Rowan - Academic Lead for all the Centre’s Mineral Extractives Programmes

Chris’s wide, varied and in-depth experience of the International Mineral Products sector is impressive, (35 years international and multi-cultural, which can only add value to our increasing international market).

Until recently Chris was the Quarries, Asphalt and Concrete Manager for Dantata & Sawoe Construction (Nigeria). In addition, Chris has undertaken similar roles in Zambia, Qatar, UAE, Oman and the UK. Chris is a graduate of the Doncaster College of Minerals and Mining and in addition, he studied Materials Technology at the University of Leeds.

Chris’s role is academic Lead for Asphalt & Pavements and support Lecturer for a wide range of the Centres modules.

Contact: or +44(0)1332 597963