Advancing, promoting, encouraging and protecting the mining and mineral interests of Cornwall and Devon

Bernard Ballard - Chairman and Secretary


Bernard joined the mining scene in Cornwall in 1988 with Carnon Consolidated Tin Mines Ltd based at Wheal Jane, where he was engaged in various diversification projects, estates and other Management roles until 1998.

His time with the Company spanned events such as the closure of Wheal Jane mine in 1991, the South Crofty share issue of 1994 and the closure and sale of South Crofty mine in 1998.

Following the closure of South Crofty, Bernard was part of a team of five managers at South Crofty Plc who completed a Management Buyout of the subsidiary businesses and assets of the Company to form the Wheal Jane Group.

This new company took over the Wheal Jane site, where those businesses have continued to grow as part of the development of the site as a specialist business cluster with a particular focus on mining, minerals and renewable energy, The Wheal Jane Earth Science Park.

Bernard has been Secretary and a Director of the Cornish Chamber of Mines for 22 years and became Chairman in 2016. He is a also a member of the Cornwall Mining Alliance (CMA) Steering Group