Marion Thomas is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMM), Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) and Member of the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA). She has over 30 years’ experience throughout Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe (e.g., Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Ghana, Togo, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Tanzania (and Zanzibar), Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Yemen, Pakistan, UK, Sweden, Finland, and Macedonia).
Marion has completed environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) for large-scale complex projects (meeting requirements of in-country legislation and international standards (World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards (PS) and Equator Principles); High Conservation Value assessments (HCV) throughout Africa and some in Asia; environmental and social audits; due diligence on behalf of banks, funding institutes, investors and owners ; and Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Marion has held roles as lead assessor for HCV assessments (oil palm and rubber); Project Manager; Project Director; and lead for specialist studies stakeholder engagement. She has worked in the agricultural (mixed and monocultures/plantations), mining (gold, tin, tungsten, tantalum, coltan, copper, cobalt, rare earths, iron, coal), infrastructure (water supply, catchment management, transport, structures, waste management), industrial (factories, processing plants) and oil & gas sectors.
Marion holds a BSc (Hons) Geology; MSc (Geology and Hydrogeology); and MSc Engineering Geology (flood conditions).