Follow the leaders: This week’s appointments


Stay on top of the latest executive appointments across the mining sector over the past week, including at Mithril Resources, Sheffield Resources, Australian Potash, and more

Mithril Resources has appointed a new chief executive officer, John Skeet, and chief geologist, Hall Stewart, to drive the exploration of the Copalquin gold-silver project in Mexico.

Both Skeet and Stewart are Sun Minerals founders and have worked to complete the Mithril-Sun Minerals transaction.

This marks the final stage of Mithril’s acquisition of the private exploration company.


Andromeda Metals has welcomed Joe Ranford as operations director and project manager for the Poochera halloysite-kaolin project in South Australia.

Ranford, who is currently a non-executive director of Andromeda, will drive the Poochera project through the completion of its definitive feasibility study and mining lease application to a decision to mine and operation commencement.

He most recently held the role as chief operating officer for Canadian-based Nordic Gold, and previously operations manager for Terramin Australia.

“With the appointment of (Ranford), the team now assembled has considerable experience in all aspects of bringing mining operations into production and also has considerable knowledge of the South Australian mining approval processes and management of key stakeholder relationships,” Andromeda managing director James Marsh said.


Sheffield Resources has appointed Bruce Griffin, who will be joining the management team as commercial director.

Griffin most recently held the position of senior vice president strategic development of Lomon Billions Group, the world’s third largest producer of titanium dioxide pigments.

“I’m extremely pleased to be joining Sheffield during this exciting time in the company’s development. Thunderbird is a world class deposit and I look forward to working with the team to deliver a project development solution that realises significant value for all stakeholders,” Griffin said.


Southern Gold has appointed Metal Tiger chief executive, Michael McNeilly, to the company board.

McNeilly is also the current director of Cobre Limited. His past board appointments within the Metal Tiger group include MOD Resources, Metal Capital, Greatland Gold and Connemara Mining.

Southern Gold chairman Greg Boulton was pleased to welcome McNeilly to the board of Southern Gold, stating that, “Metal Tiger was an excellent supporter of the last capital raising, especially given the turbulent markets due to COVID-19, and I look forward to the future strategic support that an institutional investor such as Metal Tiger can bring.”


Australian Potash has appointed Rhett Brans as project director on the Lake Wells sulphate of potash project in Western Australia.

Brans has been a company director since May 2017, with Australian Potash stating that he is intricately familiar with the project.

His experience includes engineering and design management, and construction and commissioning on over 40 mineral processing facilities.

“(Brans) will assume principal responsibility for contracting strategy, schedule maintenance and capital works,” Australian Potash managing director and chief executive Matt Shackleton said.

“With the development of the WA sulphate of potash sector in its infancy, we are focussed on mitigating risks associated with project implementation, which underpins (the company’s) capacity to executive its project funding plan and deliver long term value to shareholders.”

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