Stratum International Expands Global Presence with New Office in Australia

Stratum International, a leading boutique board/executive search firm specialising in the mining/natural resources sector, is pleased to announce its permanent establishment in Australia. This expansion extends its reach to serve its current ASX/regional client better and develop new relationships. Heading the Australian business will be Christian Williams, an accomplished Executive Search Consultant with extensive global […]


Merger Announcement

Exciting merger news from Stratum International. We can now reveal that Stratum has merged with Clifton Hill Associates (CHA). CHA is a distinguished international Executive Search and Advisory firm with over two decades of combined experience in the mining industry, particularly Board and C-suite. This significant development marks the beginning of a new chapter for Stratum. […]


Stratum Anniversary & Merger Announcement

4 MAY 2023 – Stratum Anniversary & Merger Announcement Today Stratum celebrates its 11th year in business. We are grateful for everyone who has been part of our journey for the last 11 years! We are also excited to announce that over the coming months, Stratum will be merging with a fellow leading boutique mining […]


Stratum International’s Fantastic New Digital Brochure – Brand New Design

Introducing Stratum International’s fantastic new digital brochure in our new brand design. Be sure to check out the organisational charts of the roles we cover in mining recruitment and executive search globally. We will be launching our new website in mid-October! Exciting times! Download here .


Stratum/Gen-XX Launch Video

Stratum International is proud to be the first company to back GenXX’s vision of ending period poverty so all women can have a dignified experience. In a world-first, GenXX has designed revolutionary reusable sanitary products. Please take a minute to watch the video of the event launch, below (has sound). We believe this product and initiative […]


Turning mining recruitment into a truly human endeavour

It was Desmond Tutu who said that we should strive to be the change we would like to see in the world. We couldn’t agree more and believe businesses should be at the forefront of this responsibility. While Stratum has regularly contributed to good causes over the years, we recently decided to formalize a giving […]


African Mining Market Sentiment – 2020 vs 2021

* Below is a full transcript of the original Q&A interview published by 121 Group’s The Assay Magazine, as part of 121 Group’s African Mining Investment virtual conference, 1-3 February 2021. The original article can be found here. How did the mining industry in Africa fare in 2020 as COVID-19 resulted in shutdowns across the […]


Video – Mine Finance: How specialist finance & PE navigate risk & create value in African mining projects. Panel discussion hosted by Jane Banks

Stratum’s Jane Banks hosting the Mine Finance Panel – How Specialist Finance & PE Navigate Risk & Create Value In African Mining Projects – panel discussion at this year’s 121 Africa Mining Investment forum. Panellists: Verne Grinstead (ANRH Appian Capital Advisory) Rob Still (Pangea Exploration/Denham Capital) 


Stratum welcomes Rowan Phendler – Director and Head of London

Rowan has 10 years’ resources industry experience supporting global companies’ senior executives and site-based management teams within the mining, Oil & Gas, and renewable energy market, including six years as Talent Director at a NASDAQ-listed engineering consulting/EPCM firm both in Canada and the United Kingdom. Originally from Montréal, Canada, and fully bilingual in English and […]


Hiring strategies: Making the best people "stick"

2020 has been the year when the ubiquitous phrase ‘our staff are our greatest resource’ became akin to an awakening. The storm of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to blow a stark reminder to businesses that their people are genuinely indispensable. Adjusted workforce needs, ominous risks, and the call for true leadership have been catapulted centre […]


Video – Mine Finance: Due Diligence in Mining Deals. Panel Discussion hosted by Will Coetzer

Stratum’s Will Coetzer hosting the Mine Finance Panel – Due Diligence in Mining Deals – panel discussion at this year’s 121 EMEA Mining Investment forum. Panellists: Shaun Usmar (Triple Flag) Philip Clegg (Orion Mine Finance) David Halkyard (Resource Capital Funds)


To (Panic) Buy or Not to (Panic) Buy: The pressing need for succession planning in mining

The Covid-19 crisis has materially impacted our industry as global supply chains and people movement have in many cases all but ceased. That said, mining is a significant GDP contributor to most of the countries it operates in, and it’s evident that many governments have been taking every measure available to keep mines operational, or […]


Seven mistakes mining companies make when engaging recruiters (and how to avoid them)

There is a famous saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. For me, no other quote better sums up the general perception of the broader recruiting industry. If you feel you are continually getting a lousy deal from these firms, you might be right.  And you may be unknowingly encouraging it. […]


7 weeks to go! Stratum/Will’s London Marathon update – Leading fundraiser, ParkRun Winner, Crazy Training Schedules, Goat Dodger, Wrapper Upper in Toronto

With just under seven weeks to go, we wanted to share a quick update. First and foremost, we want to thank all of our donors so far – we are building towards something quite remarkable –  We don’t say this lightly, or without merit – with seven weeks to go, Will is second overall for […]


Sub 3-hour London Marathon! Support Will @ Stratum in raising £40,000 for the National Autistic Society

2020 LONDON MARATHON For those who haven’t caught my recent social media updates, I’ll be running the London Marathon in April for The National Autistic Society… so we need your money ?!  My goal is to run the marathon sub-3 hours (4.15 min/km average), and raise £40k (plus Stratum matching up to £5k). WHY? My […]


Betting the Jockey…. and not getting screwed. Stratum’s recent podcast interview with Resource Insider

Not sure if you caught the podcast of our MD Will Coetzer’s sit-down with Jamie Keech from Resource Insider last week? If you don’t know Jamie, he’s a Cambourne School of Mines Master’s degree Mining Engineer-turned-Mining Financier on a mission to help resources industry investors, well, for the lack of a better word, not get […]


We’ve finally relented….

Seven years, four months and nineteen days…  We have a Corporate Brochure! But why only now? During the last seven or so years we’ve taken great pride in “marketing” ourselves through our proactive candidate-management model and delivering successfully across the world (our country-count is above 50!). A big thank you to all our customers for […]


150 COO’s, VP’s and GM’s Assessed (Let this data help you achieve unprecedented retention rates)

“Why do organisations still pay to use executive search firms? Surely they can find anyone they want on LinkedIn.” At first, this feels like a reasonable question, and undoubtedly one that anyone working in our sector faces daily. Sure enough, finding people who can perform a role is pretty simple. Search for ‘COO and Mining’ […]


Stratum in the Press

Stratum International is frequently asked to contribute articles and comment in the sector press. Here is a selection of the articles to which we have contributed.    Mining Magazine: Miners Wanted  “For those working on remote sites, work-life balance is a key factor,” confirms Will Coetzer, Managing Partner of Stratum International… Referring to Stratum’s FIFO: […]


Mining Recovery Gains Traction as Recruitment Picks Up

After many false dawns and disappointments, the increase in mining activity – including investment, exploration, projects, operations and recruitment – we noted in our last Mining Job Market Report has continued and accelerated in late 2016 and early 2017. This increase in activity has coincided with large numbers of baby boomers leaving the sector, creating […]


International Recognition for Jane Banks

Firmatek, the industry leader in stockpile measurement and inventory control for the mining industry, has included Stratum’s emerging markets specialist, Jane Banks, in its list of the most influential people in mining recruitment. The list, Mining Industry Recruiters: 20 Professionals that Companies and Job Seekers Should Know, includes corporate recruiters and search specialists based in North […]