May 2022 – Shaping the future of Platinum Group Metals

The Drawing Room, 4th floor, Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER

16 May 2022

Join us in conversation with three incredible speakers committed to help shape the future of platinum group metals (PGMs).  Natasha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American Platinum will share her vision of the future of mining PGMs. Liz Rowsell, Director of Corporate Research at Johnson Matthey will take us through the search for new applications of PGM and Svea Scherleithner, Head of Sustainability at Heraeus will share how she is helping to lead the company to carbon neutrality by 2025 and the need to make the PGM business future fit.

The event will be held over 1.5 hours, Natascha, Liz and Svea will join Wilma Swarts in conversation whereafter we will turn to questions from the audience. We will also broadcast the event virtually for those members unable to attend in person.

Michelle Lynch is a PhD in Chemicals and Catalysis and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Her 24 years of post-doctoral experience span catalyst R&D, catalyst and precious metals market research, patent analysis and consulting. She is currently the Director and Owner of Enabled Future Limited (EFL). Prior to setting up EFL, Michelle worked with Johnson Matthey, Nexant and IHS Markit.

She is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to industry magazines. Her publications to date have included features in The Catalyst Review, Recycling & Waste World, Energy World and The Catalyst Group Intelligence Report. She lives and runs her consultancy in the West Midlands, UK. She is passionate about sustainability, pollution abatement and helping to create high impact solutions to tackle climate change.

Date 16-May-22
Venue The Drawing Room,
4th floor, Fortnum and Mason,
181 Piccadilly,
St. James’s,
Registration time 08:30
Panel Discussion 09:00
Networking 10:00-11:00

Panel of Speakers

Natascha Viljoen
CEO at Anglo American Platinum

Natascha has served as CEO at Anglo American Platinum since April 2020, also sitting on the Anglo American Platinum Board and the Group Management Committee of Anglo American plc. Prior to that, she spent five years as Group Head of Processing for Anglo American. Natascha is a seasoned senior executive, bringing 28 years of operational experience from across the mining industry, spanning many different countries, metals and minerals including, of course, PGMs.

Natascha’s operational executive experience also includes six years at Lonmin, where her last post was Executive Vice President of Processing. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from North-West University, in South Africa, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town.

Liz Rowsell
Director of the Johnson Matthey Technology Centres

Dr. Liz Rowsell is Corporate Director of the Johnson Matthey Technology Centres, with locations in the UK, USA and South Africa. Liz was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List for her services to Chemistry, Commercialisation and Promoting Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

She received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with the Nitrogen Fixation Unit at Sussex University, UK, investigating charge interactions in Fe-S proteins and Fe coordination complexes using Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Liz joined Johnson Matthey as a Research Scientist developing metal-based PGMs for the treatment of sepsis in 1993.  During her career with Johnson Matthey, Liz has worked on the development of catalysts for use in pharmaceuticals, food and personal safety, as well as programmes in biomass processing, gas purification and materials for energy production.

Svea Scherleithner
Head of Sustainability and Head of Global Controlling at Heraeus Precious Metals

Svea Scherleithner is responsible for the global sustainability activities of Heraeus Precious Metals (HPM) since 2021. She joined the company in 2019, heading first the Site Controlling for Europe and later the International Controlling of HPM. In this role she set up the CO2-Reporting for the entire business unit and from this project progressed into her current role. Svea oversees both HPM’s sustainability strategy as well as the operational implementation at the 11 production sites globally.

Svea holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim. Before joining Heraeus, she gained broad experience in management positions in finance, HR and production planning in the automotive industry.

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