Mick (‘the miner’) Davis

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Mick ('the miner') Davis (1958-), born in South Africa but now living in Britain, is a leading figure in the UK Jewish community (chairman of United Jewish Israel Appeal) and one of the funders of Pargav Ltd., the company which paid more than £140,000 towards Adam Werritty's first class flights and five star hotels.

In June 2011, Davis was among a delegation that included Poju Zabludowicz, the chairman of BICOM, which met the UK foreign secretary William Hague to discuss the impact of the Arab spring on Israel. In 2010 Davis was at the centre of a fierce controversy within the UK Jewish community after he made highly critical remarks about the Israeli government.

Taken from the UJIA website on 19 October 2011:

Mick Davis is Chief Executive of Xstrata plc, a diversified mining and metals company listed on the London Stock Exchange and is in the top 20 of the FTSE100 with a market value of circa $65 billion.

Xstrata has significant mining and metals interests, and employs approximately 50,000 people including contractors.

Xstrata is the world's largest producer of zinc, export thermal coal, ferrochrome, one of the top four producers of copper and nickel and one of the top five producers of coking or metallurgical coal.

The Group is also a producer of platinum group metals and vanadium and has additional exposure to lead, silver and gold.

As well as being UJIA Chairman Mick is also a member of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

Prior to settling in England, Mick played an active role in Jewish communal affairs in South Africa, serving on the executive of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues and is the Chairman of the Euro Chai South Africa Charity Trust which supports old age homes, orphanages and special needs facilities in South Africa.

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