Michael Beckett has over fifty years of experience in the global mining industry and graduated as a geologist from McGill University in 1964.
He worked in gold, uranium and iron ore mines in Canada, before returning to the United Kingdom. He joined Consolidated Gold Fields in 1965, rising through the ranks to the position of Managing Director, a position he held from 1974 to 1989. He served on the boards of Gold Fields of South Africa, Consolidated Gold Fields of Australia and Gold Fields Mining Corporation, in the United States. He was responsible for Consgold global mining interest
Post the take-over of Consolidated Gold Fields, Michael has served on the Boards of many companies in the extractive industries, financial and leisure sectors. He chaired the Board of Ashanti Gold Fields, until its takeover by Anglo American. Until the end of May 2022, he was Non-executive Chairman of Endeavour when he retired from that Board.
He has served as Non-Executive Chairman of other companies, including WBB minerals (ceramic clays in the UK and Ukraine), Horace Clarkson Plc, (shipping and ship broking) and My Travel and Thomas Cook, (travel), and Ultamar (oil and gas). He served as a non-executive director of Orica (global explosives), Northam Platinum (Platinum group metals) and Mvelaphanda Resources in South Africa.
He was involved in the development of mines in Papua New Guinea (Porgera-gold), South Africa (Deelkraal-gold) and Australia, Mt Goldsworthy Mining Associates (Iron Ore) and Saudi Arabia (Mahd ad Dahad-gold). He has been involved in the extraction of other minerals; uranium (Canada), mineral sand (rutile, zircon and ilmenite) in Australia, lead, zinc, silver in Canada, and copper in Chile and Argentina.