SLR’s Geology Team has widespread experience in assessing the natural resources needed for today’s society.

We provide independent geoscientific assessment of geological resources. Our team has extensive experience in assessing the natural resources needed for today's society. We are committed to providing critical advice and practical solutions for the sustainable management of mineral resources in an increasingly de-carbonising, circular economy.

Our team provides industry-recognised expertise across a broad range of commodities, including; aggregates and industrial minerals, metallic minerals, hydrocarbons, and geothermal resources. From exploration and feasibility through to development and optimisation, restoration and after use, we can unlock the potential value in your operation. Every project has its unique challenges, and we strive to advise clients appropriately at every stage of their project.

SLR have extensive capabilities in a wide range of GIS, geological modelling, and 3D design software packages.

How can we help?

SLR provides a range of geology services for our clients, including:

Aggregates & Industrial Minerals

  • Land searches and desktop studies
  • Field mapping and geological interpretation
  • Soil and rock logging
  • Mineral reserve and resource estimation
  • Mineral exploration and site investigation
  • Geological modelling
  • Quarry and mine design
  • Petrographic analysis / Quality assurance
  • Geotechnical Appraisal and Assessment
  • Due diligence


  • Technical Reporting compliant with listing regulations (QP/CP)
  • Regulatory advice
  • Expert witness
  • Mineral valuations
  • Mineral reserve and resource estimation
  • Mineral exploration and site investigation
  • Geological modelling
  • Due diligence

Geothermal and Carbon

  • Assessment and commercialisation of geothermal resources
  • Carbon capture and energy storage advice

Planning & Heritage

  • Mineral safeguarding assessments
  • Mineral planning advice and bespoke applications
  • Outdoor / recreational tourism assessment & development
  • Geological conservation, geoheritage audits and management

Our team includes

  • Ben Matthews Technical Discipline Manager - Geology
    Ben Matthews

    Based in the Bristol office, Ben has over 18 years’ experience in the Aggregates and Industrial Minerals industry. Ben is a Chartered Geologist and is experienced in all stages of the mineral extraction lifecycle, from exploration and assessment of resources, planning and permitting, quarry design, quality control, geotechnical management, restoration and after-use along with aspects such as geodiversity and mineral safeguarding.

  • Sam Moorhouse Technical Discipline Manager - Mining Advisory
    Sam Moorhouse

    Sam has 13+ years of mining consultancy experience. Prior to joining SLR, Sam was the Group Leader for the Mine Engineering and Stability Group, reporting to the European Mining Business Unit, of a large international engineering and environmental consulting firm. Sam led a team of seventeen geologists, geotechnical engineers, mining engineers, project managers, and civil engineers who provided services to a global mining client base, with projects encompassing a combination of due diligence/transaction advice and feasibility study management/implementation.

  • Siobhan Hall Principal
    Siobhan Hall

    Siobhan has over 9 years’ experience in the UK Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Industry. Siobhan is a Chartered Geologist and has been responsible for the geological management and geotechnical appraisal of numerous quarries throughout the UK. Projects have included geological modelling, reserve and resource reporting and quarry design in key cement (limestone) and high PSV (65+) quarries. She also has experience in mineral planning, safeguarding and EIA advice and preparation for the quarrying industry.

  • Nick O'Neill Director
    Nick O'Neill

    Nick has an interest in the sustainable development of natural resources and the promotion of Ireland as a place to explore for clean gas. He has been involved in drilling and exploring for oil and gas in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America and the North Sea. Nick is currently Project Manager for the Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme, a joint government/oil industry research programme to enhance Ireland’s hydrocarbon prospects. Nick has contributed to a number of strategic reports on Irish energy policy including strategic gas storage, wind energy, and building community engagement and social support in energy transition.