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DEScycle is a deep tech company that aims to transform the metals industry. We create innovative metal recovery & recycling methods using eco-friendly Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES).

These non-toxic, non-water-based salts allow for low-temperature, low-energy operations; resulting in low-carbon, low-impact metals.


DEScycle's goal is to end the reliance upon high-energy pollutive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids in the metals industry. 


  • The World's fastest growing waste stream

  • Growing to US$82bn annually by 2030

  • Many critical and precious metals are contained within e-waste, making e-waste valuable but environmentally hazardous

  • DEScycle's technology has been developed as a disruptive & clean alternative to current high-impact & capital intensive recycling methods 

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  • DEScycle is working with multiple metals & mining partners to solve inherent industry problems to supply critical and battery metals that will underpin the transition to a low carbon economy

  • Opportunities:

    • Nickel & Cobalt- battery metals

    • Gold - replacing cyanide & toxic solvents

    • Copper & Base Metals - water-free processing

    • Rare Earth Elements - simplify complex processing

Meet The Team



Ian Cockerill

Extensive operational, project & leadership expertise

Executive & director roles at multiple blue-chip organisations


48 years’ in resources & technology

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Managing Director

Dr Leo Howden

3rd time founder

>$3B transactions in natural resources banking


PhD Mechanical Engineering

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Lead scientist & inventor of DES processes

Specialised in DES since their discovery in 2004


Author > 26 papers + 5 patents


PhD Chemistry

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Geologist & investor with hedge fund & impact investing background

>$500m of investment structured & deployed


>$150m capital raised

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Venture Lead - USA

Casey Cerretani

Seasoned exec building successful products, teams & businesses in hardware & software

Expert in product & process development; generating US$80B in global sales

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Venture Lead - APAC

Dale Cook

Doctoral Candidate in Sustainability

Co-founded multiple sustainability & energy transition businesses

MBA with 20 years in natural resources

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Senior Science Officer

Dr Phil Bird

Geologist & DES specialist

5 years working with DES & the Circular Economy

PhD Geology

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Elena Bulmer

Chemist & DES specialist

2 years working with DES & the Circular Economy

Masters Chemistry

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Sungano Mubaira

Geologist & DES specialist

2 years working with DES & minerals processing

Masters Geology

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Non-Execs & Advisors

Non-Exec Director

Geoff McNamara

4th time founder

Fund manager (AUM $800m), project manager & geologist

>30 years’ in natural resources

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Non-Exec Director

John Murray


40 years’ in natural resources & C-suite recruitment & advisory

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Non-Exec Director

Chris Smith

Founder & CEO of TSP Ventures

Formerly Global Head of Strategy & Corporate Development for BGC Group

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Advisory Panel

Mark Cutifani

Chair Vale Base Metals

Former: CEO Anglo American, AngloGold Ashansti and Chair of De Beers Group 

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Advisory Panel

Ruth Kelly

Former MP Bolton West

Chair of Water UK,

Chair of Thames Freeport, Director of Heathrow Airport, Board of the Vatican's Council for the Economy

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Advisory Panel

Tony O'Neill 

Former Group Technical Director at Anglo American

Mining engineer with strong background in driving innovation

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Senior executive in the tech industry focused on sustainability & innovation

Director of Sustainability Innovation at VMware 

PhD Environmental Engineering Science

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Scientific Advisor 

Prof. Gawen Jenkin

Professor of Mineral Resources

Board member: Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining 

Expert in DES applications for mined metals

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