Beresford Clarke

Beresford Clarke

Managing Director & Head of Research; Member of the Executive Committee

MSc, BSc (Hons), MSAIMM

Beresford’s principal remit is responsibility for the analyst team, research and product innovation, and as lead research author.

Beresford has been a strategic metals market analyst for 15 years. In this time, his development and deep understanding of the markets have been fast tracked with extensive industry exposure throughout the upstream and downstream industry. Beresford has led research and consulting projects in platinum group metals, lithium, automotive technology and other strategic commodities for OEMs, fabricators, end users, suppliers and financial institutions.

His passion for the automotive industry and his innovative approach to forecast modelling have guaranteed SFA’s lead in commodity research. Through industry sponsorship and interaction, Beresford pioneered SFA’s independent demand models. His continuing involvement in database evolution and team selection and a creative drive to find new ways to present analysis ensure that SFA continues to break new ground in modelling and market presentation.

Beresford also has upstream experience including high profile work in M&A defence, acquisitions and capital raisings ($5bn to date), project valuations, on-site mine restructuring, feasibility studies, industry workshops and Board-level motivations and strategy. He is regularly contracted to carry out work for mining companies, refiners, end-users, recyclers and investors.

Beresford officially joined SFA (Oxford) in 2005 as an analyst, having worked with the company since 2003. As the business took off, he built a team of analysts to cover all aspects of the market. He was promoted from Senior Analyst to Head of Research and Principal Market Analyst in 2008, then Managing Director in May 2013. 

Prior to joining SFA (Oxford), Beresford was a Precious Metals Market Analyst in London and an Operations Coordinator for an exploration company in Africa. 

Key Assignments

  • Quarterly presentations to key stakeholders and financial institutions on the platinum-group metal markets.
  • Presentations at SFA and other global events.
  • Evaluating the impact of EV uptake on key strategic commodities.
    • New end-uses for fabricators, and the potential impact on the markets and prices.
    • Battery material market outlooks for fabricators and car companies.
    • PGM jewellery demand study of elasticity to metal prices for a major PGM producer.
    • Augmentation of a mining company's five-year business plan.
    • Competitiveness and strategic appraisal of an exploration project.
    • A strategic diagnostic of a major mining company. 
    • In-depth analysis of spent autocatalyst recycling and value chain.


  • MSc Mineral Project Appraisal, Diploma of Imperial College, University of London
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, Oxford Brookes University
  • Member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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The Team

Stephen A. Forrest
Chairman, Principal Consultant & Engineer; Chairman of the Executive Committee

Beresford Clarke
Managing Director & Head of Research; Member of the Executive Committee

David Mobbs
Head of Marketing; Member of the Executive Committee

Dr Jenny Watts
Principal Analyst: Automotive Demand & Technology; Member of the Executive Committee

Samantha Trickey
Principal Analyst: Supply, Geology & Mining; Member of the Executive Committee

Dr Ralph Grimble
Principal Market Analyst: Commodities & Financial Markets; Member of the Executive Committee

Jamie Underwood
Senior Strategy Analyst: Project Consulting

Oksan Atilan
Consulting Market Analyst: Automotive Demand

Wenlin (Karen) He
Consulting Market Analyst: China

Thomas Chandler
Senior Strategy Analyst: Project Consulting

Alex Biddle
Senior Mining Analyst

John Miles
Associate Consultant

Elaine Forrest
Executive Company Secretary; Secretary of the Executive Committee

Andy Smith
Independent; Member of the Executive Committee

Jeremy Coombes
Independent; Member of the Executive Committee