Who we are

Below you will find details of MPG’s current staff. We are always looking for the right people to join our team, so make sure to take a look at our careers page and get in touch with us.


Martin Millmore - Director

BSc (Hons) Geology & Diploma in Town Planning

  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)

  • Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)

  • Institute of Quarrying (FIQ)

Martin has been involved in geology and planning since 1972. Thirteen of those years were served as Minerals Officer/County Geologist for Cheshire County Council. In 1989 he set up Industrial Minerals Planning which grew to become The Mineral Planning Group Limited. He was Secretary of the North West Aggregates Working Party (NWAWP) for 10 years and also a founder member of the Silica Sand Working Party.

Martin has wide experience in geology and mineral planning from resource/reserve assessments to Mineral Local Plan production. Martin also spent 3 years on the RTPI Minerals, Waste Management and Environmental Protection Panel and 1 year as chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the RTPI.

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Chris Heffernan - director

BSc (Hons) Geology and Physical Geography

  • Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)

  • Member of the Institute of Quarrying (MIQ)

  • Affiliate Member of (IEMA)

Chris is involved in all aspects of Minerals, Waste & Environmental planning at MPG. His experience in both geo-environmental research/reporting as well as Minerals and Waste Planning/Permitting mean he is ideally suited to producing the 'complete package' for our clients.

Recent projects have included: an extension to a gritstone site providing stone for La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Planning and Permit applications for the recovery/restoration of (pre-war) ‘abandoned’ mineral sites and the resolution of several complex ROMP cases.

Chris has also given evidence and acted on behalf of clients promoting new mineral sites at EIP (Examination in Public).

In 2017 Chris was invited by Liverpool University to present a lecture on minerals and waste planning in the UK to the next generation.

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Mark smedley - Minerals, waste and environmental consultant

MGeo (Hons) Geoscience

  • Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)

  • Technical Member of the Institute of Quarrying (TMIQ)

Originally from an Oil & Gas background, Mark successfully made the transition to Minerals & Waste planning in 2017.  

Mark has brought additional ‘in-house’ geological expertise to MPG.


JEssica Morgan-Smith - Principal Consultant


Julie Harrison - office administrator

Julie has in excess of 30 years experience in the office environment and a wealth of experience in accounting procedures. She is our specialist in keeping things running smoothly.