The Core Story


In January 2009, Lara Smith bought a desk and a laptop and wrote a 185-page in-depth outlook on the lithium market. Although the endeavour was largely a personal challenge, the publication achieved unexpected success.

The report was published to wide acclaim, and companies began to request further commodity market insights. In June of the same year, Lara quit her job and registered Core Consultants; eight years on, Core has completed more than 60 market studies on 5 continents and provided insight into over 30 commodity markets.

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Publishes Lithium Market Outlook

1st June 2009

In June 2009, Lara Smith completed her first in-depth report “An Outlook for Lithium Markets For The Next Five Years to 2013”. The report was published by a third party publisher and became Core Consultants’ official first project.

Publishes Coking Coal Report

10th September 2010

In September 2010, Lara Smith Completed her second in-depth report “An Outlook for Coking Coal to 2020.” This report was published by a third party publisher and showcased Core Consultants’ knowledge on the bulk commodity market.

Mining Indaba Keynote Address

4th February 2011

Core Consultants was first asked to present at the African Mining Indaba as a Keynote Speaker. The topic was an outlook for Minor Metals and Ferroalloys. This presentation provided Core Consultants the forum to showcase its abilities as a new

European Investment Bank Project Awarded

2nd May 2011

In May 2011, Core Consultants won its first major project- a pre-feasibility study awarded by the European Investment Bank. This project helped establish Core Consultants as a credible consultancy based in Africa and capable of delivering studies to an international

Cobalt Institute Conference

2nd May 2011

In May 2010, Core Consultants presented at the Cobalt Development Institute Conference in Hong Kong. The topic was on infrastructure in the DRC and the challenges resource companies face in moving material. It was at this conference that Core Consultants

Quarterly Ferrochrome Network Evenings

30th June 2011

Core Consultants launched Quarterly Ferrochrome Network Evenings. Intitally this was hosted by Core Consultants as a free event to publicise the Ferrochrome Quarterly Report, but quickly gained traction and became a forum whereby industry participants would come together each quarter

Launches Ferrochrome Report

30th June 2011

Core Consultants publishes its First subscription report, “A Quarterly Review of the Chrome, Ferrochrome and Stainless Steel Markets.” The report was widely accepted and to this day, Core Consultants is credited with having one of the best market knowledge on

Launches Rare Earth Monthly Report

30th September 2011

In September 2011, Core Consultants, in partnership with Metal Pages (now Argus Media), launched the first monthly report on the Rare Earth Market to be written by a Western firm. Core Consultants authored the report, and Metal Pages assisted with

Why Choose Core?

Independent Consultancy

Core Consultants, as an independent, privately owned consultancy, with no equity stake in any mining or related enterprise, is able to deliver superior objective market research. As such, within a short space of time, Core Consultants is internationally recognised as a trustworthy, unbiased, authority on commodity markets.

Multi-Commodity Focus

Our analysis over the years has included bulk commodities, base and minor metals as well as soft commodities. Our definitive, broad market view enables us to understand interplay between various commodity markets and identify specific drivers that will impact these markets and their value chains.

Rigorous Analysis

Our rigorous and systematic approach to research, has earned Core the respect of many industry professionals. Our approach integrates both desk-top research and primary interviews across the various commodity markets.This allows us to keep abreast of the latest consensus and insider views and balance these views against our own investigations.

Global Client Base

Clients seek our services from across the globe. Our clients range from financial institutions, producers, end-users, traders and legal firms. Servicing clients across the entire supply chain places Core in the unique position of understanding the varied incentives and requirements of each party and the potential impact on commodity markets.

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Meet Our Experts

Lara-Smith MD Core consulting



Lara has been an analyst for over ten years, starting her career as an equity analyst at Foord Asset Management before becoming the lead resource analyst at Steinmetz Group,

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david creamer ceo core africa



David’s strengths lie in understanding the different regulatory environments, the key stakeholders and the cross border flow of funds between different regulatory jurisdictions in Africa...

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Winsor Lewis has worked in the mining industry throughout the world for almost forty years and has been an associate of Core Consultants since 2012. He began his career in the UK…

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Sofi Napier-Geo-tech



Sofi has 20 years of experience in the mining industry, specializing in diamonds and providing technical geological expertise from early stage exploration planning through to evaluation and feasibility…

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Grace Ruddy



Based in Guernsey, Grace is a securities dealer for Foord International. In 2015, Grace accepted the role of Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director of Core Consultants…

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John has over thirty years’ experience as a chemical and process engineer. His most recent roles include Managing Director, Head of Technology and Process Engineering and Acting Managing Director of SNC Lavalin and Bateman Engineering.

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lain Bryson geologist


Iain has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and has worked in numerous African countries, including Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Botswana, Zimbabwe...
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