Nigel Yaxley  (Cantab) is a leading figure in the European coal industry with experience spanning all key industry milestones of the past thirty years. He was President of Euracoal (European Association for Coal and Lignite) from 2005 to 2007, which brings together producers from across the EU27 and candidate countries, as well as coal importers and those with other coal interests.

Nigel joined the coal industry in 1977 after graduating in Physics from Cambridge University. He moved to UK Coal in 1995 on privatisation of the industry and, as Marketing Director, was responsible for all coal sales, marketing strategy and related policy issues for the company. Since 2006 he has developed his consultancy business in the coal and energy field, and is founder and Managing Director of CoalImp, the Association of UK Coal Importers.

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