Stephen Newson is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is currently working as a Mining Consultant on a range of underground projects in the UK and overseas. He has over 40 years of mining experience including operational management, research and development, business planning and the design and construction of large underground excavations. He spent 16 years with British Coal, latterly responsible for the specification and approval of underground tunnel and coalface support systems on a national basis. During this time his was also a UK representative on the European Experts’ Committee on tunnelling systems. He has worked for a number of major companies on new mine construction and expansion projects in Australia, Asia, North America and Africa. He has also, as a consultant, previously worked on underground design and planning projects related to the potential disposal of radioactive waste underground.