About Santa Barbara Consultants — an independent project management and sustainability-consulting firm serving the mining industry

Steven Botts with children

Steven Botts is the President of Santa Barbara Consultants, Inc. He has over 35 years of mining experience and has lived and worked in Latin America for over 20 years.

From March 2013 through August 2017, Steve was the General Manager of Marcobre S.A.C., a Peruvian Mining Company that is developing the Mina Justa Project, near Marcona on the Peruvian coast south of Lima. He had overall responsibility for the management of Marcobre which included strategy development and support of the Mina Justa Project. In addition, he was responsible for community relations, environment, geology and exploration, finance and administration, human resources, permitting, project management, safety, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Marcobre, Steve was President & CEO of Minera Panamá S.A. (May 2012 to September 2013).

Other previous experience includes:

  • Vice President of Sustainability for AngloGold Ashanti Americas
  • General Manager for Rio Tinto’s La Granja Copper Project
  • Vice President of Environment Health and Safety for Compañía Minera Antamina

Steve has a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Management program from the University of Denver, and a B.S. Degree in General Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Specialties

Base Metals Mining, Gold Mining, Mineral Exploration, Project Management, Mine Environmental,  Mining Project Due Diligence  and Safety Management, Project Development, Stakeholder Engagement, and Sustainable Development.

Why The Name Santa Barbara Consultants?

This picture shows a group of Italian miners with work overalls in the mine of Volmèrange-les-mines (France), next to Saint Barbara's statue (patron and protector of miners) during her celebrations. France, 1953.

This picture shows a group of Italian miners with work overalls in the mine of Volmèrange-les-mines (France), next to Saint Barbara’s statue (patron and protector of miners) during her celebrations. France, 1953.

Saint Barbara (“Santa Barbara” in Spanish) was an early Christian saint, and is thought to have lived in what is now Turkey in the 3rd century. She is regarded as the patron saint and protector of miners and tunnellers and in many countries small statues of her are placed at the tunnel portal to watch over the tunnel and those working within it during construction. Her Saint’s Day is 4th December and this is celebrated on many tunnelling projects.*

*The British Tunnelling Society

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