Land and Minerals Consulting Limited

Serving our industry since 2004


Land and Minerals Consulting Ltd (LMCL) was formed in 2004 as geological, geotechnical and surveying consultancy.  The Company adopting the trading name QuarryDesign in 2006 to promote its links with the mineral planning consultancy QuarryPlan Ltd.  LMCL specialise in the “remote” acquisition of survey, geological and geotechnical data using their Optech ILRIS long-range high-accuracy LiDAR scanner and their various UAV mounted aerial systems (when remotely surveying outside of the quarrying industry they trade under the name of DroneSurv).  They not only have the expertise to acquire the data, but have the experience, software and hardware to process the data into formats required by a wide range of industry standard surveying, geological modelling and geotechnical analysis software.   With that software, they are able to undertake both the analysis and subsequent designs for excavations, tips and lagoons in both engineering soil materials and rock masses. They also provide Reserve and Resource Statements to The PERC Reporting Standard, Due Diligence for mineral acquisitions and act as Expert Witness.

The Company was awarded Joint Runner-up in the Engineering Initiatives category of the Mineral Planning Association’s Health and Safety Awards 2013 for their use of Terrestrial LiDAR and UAV for remote Surveying and Geological / Geotechnical mapping. 

The current employee, associate and partnership line-up is presented as follows:


Adrian Wilkinson (Managing Director)

Adrian Wilkinson formed Land and Minerals Consulting in October 2004.

Adrian is an engineering geologist with over 23 years experience undertaking site investigations and producing quarry development plans.  He is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of The Geological Society of London, a Member of the European Federation of Geologists, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Member of the Irish Mining and Quarrying Society.  Educated in Applied and Environmental Geology at Birmingham University and Applied Geotechnics at Camborne School of Mines, he was formerly employed by RMC (now Cemex) and then Tarmac before forming Land and Minerals Consulting Ltd in 2004.  He is a ‘Geotechnical Specialist’ under the Quarries Regulations 1999, a ‘Competent Person’ as defined by the Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Minerals Reserves (“PERC Standard”).  He has provided advice internally (when at Tarmac) and externally (as a Consultant) during the due diligence process for mineral acquisitions and has acted as an Expert Witness on minerals related matters. He also holds a Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUCs) to commercially fly Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Adrian Charters (Geology, Survey and Air Operations Director)

Adrian Charters joined LMCL in September 2010.

Adrian is an aggregates geologist with over 33 years experience within the quarrying industry, specialising in quarry development planning, site investigations, planning application submissions and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an honours degree in Geology and later a MSc in Industrial Minerals from the University of Hull in 1984. He subsequently held a Geologist position at RMC (now Cemex) for 3 years, followed by 9 years as Geological Manager for Tarmac Northern.  In 2000, he was a founding director of Key GeoSolutions Ltd., and additionally consulted part-time with Quarryplan Ltd.  Adrian joined Aggregate Industries in 2003 as Northern Region Geological Manager and moved to Denver Colorado, USA in 2005 where he became US Geological Services Manager for Aggregate Industries Inc. In 2010 he relocated back to the UK and joined LMCL as a Director.  Through Adrian's influence the Company has diversified into surveying and was instrumental in developing the UAV photogrammetric survey business when it was still very much in its infancy (back in 2012).  He is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of The Geological Society of London, a Member of the European Federation of Geologists and a Member of the Institute of Quarrying. He also holds a Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUCs) to commercially fly Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Alison Cantin (Company Secretary)

Alison Wilkinson (nee Cantin) co-formed LMCL in October 2004

Alison originally trained as a nurse before working in the retail sector.  She was formerly employed by Debenhams, Bentals and latterly by Tarmac Recycling as an internal sales representative.  When Adrian Wilkinson was made redundant in 2004 and formed LMCL, Alison became the 'Company Secretary' and continues in that role today.  Alison manages Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and general enquiries regarding the company. 

Matt Riley (Surveyor)

Matt Riley joined LMCL in January 2015

Matt has 9 years’ experience of working within the Quarry Industry and has studied both a Diploma in Quarry Technology at Derby University and a HNC in Civil Engineering at Stockport College. He started his career in opencast mining with UK Coal where he progressed through the ranks to become a Mine Engineer / Surveyor. Following UK Coal, he worked briefly as a self-employed surveyor before joining LMCL in January 2015. He also holds a Basic National UAS Certificate (BNUCs) to commercially fly Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Mike Williams (Engineering Geologist)

Mike Williams joined LMCL in September 2015 

Mike has an Integrated Masters in Geology at the University of Leicester and a Master of Science in Mining Engineering at Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter). He was previously employed by Aggregate Industries on the Graduate Management Program where he learnt quarrying processes from drilling and blasting through to crushing and screening. Following this he spent three years as an Exploration Geologist working in the Afar Desert in Ethiopia before joining LMCL in September 2015.

Rupert Wilks (Senior Engineer)

Rupert Wilks joined LMCL in May 2016. 

Rupert has an honours degree in Environmental Science with Engineering Geology at the University of Lancaster. He has previously been employed by AIG Consulting, Encia Consulting and Stratus Environmental where he has worked in the ground engineering, geotechnical, waste management and contaminated land sectors.  Most recently he has been involved with the design and management of engineering projects in the waste management sector before joining LMCL in May 2016.

Dr Tom Styles (Senior Geotechnical Engineer)

Dr Tom Styles joined LMCL in August 2016.

Tom has an honours degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, and a PhD on numerical modelling of fractured rock slopes, both at Camborne School of Mines. He went onto research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Canada working between Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, before returning to the UK to work for AMC Consultants on rock mechanics projects for both exploration and operational mining clients. Following this, he joined Knight Piésold to consult on the stability of mine waste facilities including tailings dams and waste dumps, as well as rock mechanics for both open pit and underground mines before joining LMCL in July 2016.

Declan Kearney (Associate Chief Engineer)

Declan Kearney has been an associate with LMCL since 2006.

Declan is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 23 years experience as an Engineering Consultant including 8 years as an internal Consultant and employee of Telford & Wrekin Council, Shropshire. Whilst working with the Council he has been a designer (in his role as a Principal Officer), a Regulator (in his role as a Consultant to the Planning Department) and an ‘internal Departmental Regulator’ ensuring team compliance with ‘PPG14 / NPPF’. Educated in Athlone RTC School of Mines (Ireland) and then in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics at Portsmouth, he was initially employed by Wardell Armstrong and then Atkins Consultants prior to joining the Local Authority. He has been a Chartered Engineer with the IOM3 since 1999. He has extensive experience in ground investigation works and the assessment of site abnormals for housing development and brownfield ‘reclamation-remediation’. Declan has prepared numerous Desk Study reports and Contaminated Land assessments. He has been a lead ‘Supervisor’ on large scale Engineering projects under the NEC contract and has been Project Engineer and designer on both ‘mines and rockface’ Stabilisation works, mineworkings investigation schemes, piling projects, retaining wall schemes and landfill infrastructure schemes

Paul Brewer (Associate Principal Geologist)

Paul Brewer (Associate Principal Geologist) with LMCL since April 2015.

Paul was Managing Director and Owner of Paul Brewer Geological Services Limited and is an Associate of QuarryDesign. He holds a Bachelor of Science Special Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Sheffield. He has been a Chartered Geologist since 1977 and a fellow of the Geological Society. He was elected Member of the Institute of Quarrying following successful completion of the Institute’s Professional Examinations in Quarry Operations, Quarry Engineering, Concrete Technology, Health and Safety, Management and Administration. He was employed by Tarmac, following graduation, from 1973 until 2003 including holding senior management roles within the Geology Department from 1976. Whilst employed by Tarmac in a management position, he was responsible for a team of geologists and surveyors providing geological services and support to both Tarmac and also to joint venture businesses. During the course of his career he has been involved in potential corporate acquisition studies (including due diligence exercises), divestment programmes, establishing joint venture operations, and reviewed and maintained the Company Reserves and Resources data in compliance with international reporting codes. Has worked as a freelance consultant geologist since 2004 having formed Paul Brewer Geological Services Limited. He has extensive knowledge of the quarrying industry both in the UK and overseas (Europe & the Middle East).

Quarryplan Limited

Quarryplan is an associated consultancy to QuarryDesign (being forged from the same industry background); and has successfully delivered over 100 mineral planning permissions throughout Britain and Ireland, providing consents for over 200 million tonnes of hardrock and 50 million tonnes of sand and gravel, in addition to numerous coated roadstone plants, concrete batching plants and other ancillary developments.