Mining moves: Blackham restructures to aid gold production growth, and more

Australian Mining brings readers the latest corporate appointments and departures impacting the local and international resources industry.

Blackham Resources has restructured its board and management team to help it focus on the Matilda-Wiluna gold operations. Richard Boffey now reports directly to the company’s managing director and has taken full operating responsibility for the Matilda-Wiluna operations. Alan Thom has resigned as a director and chief operating officer, but will remain with the company as expansion study officer. The company is aiming to expand production beyond 200,000 ounces a year.

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Attila Resources has proposed the appointment of an experienced mining executive team to drive the restart of activities at the Century zinc mine in Queensland. Former Syrah Resources founder and director Tolga Kumova will be appointed corporate director of Attila, while fellow Syrah founder Tom Eadie has agreed to become a non-executive director. They would join managing director Patrick Walta at the company on completion of its acquisition of a 70 per cent interest in the Century mine.

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Battery Minerals has appointed Paul Glasson as an indepenedent director to further assist it in executing its strategy in China. Glasson is a highly regarded China strategy specialist. He has lived in Shanghai for the past 20 years and is currently executive chairman of Satori Investments, a China-focused investment advisory and private equity firm. Earlier this month, the company also appointed Andy Cardoso as a project director for its Mozambique assets, and Graham Fyfe as project manager to lead development of its planned lithium facilities.

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Phil Staveley has resigned from Oakdale Resources due to increasing business commitments as chief executive of Leigh Creek Energy. Staveley has been involved with Oakdale since the company was listed in 2014.

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Russell Clark has resigned as managing director of Wolf Minerals. As a result, the company has appointed chief financial officer, Richard Lucas, as interim managing director. Wolf is dual listed in Australia and the United Kingdom. Clark advised the company’s board that he was unable to relocate to the UK for a variety of reasons. Therefore, the Wolf board and Clark mutually agreed it was time for the company to transition to a new managing director.

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Explorer Ardiden has announced board and management appointments as it advances it minerals portfolio in Canada. Executive director Brad Boyle has been appointed as full-time CEO and executive director, while Canadian-based geologist Robert Chatway has been appointed general manager – Canadian operations. The company’s long-serving director Piers Lewis will also retire from Ardiden due to other commitments.

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Z Energy has appointed Stephen Reindler to its board as an independent director, effective May 1. Reindler is a highly experienced company director with a track record in corporate governance, a background in engineered-related industries and workplace health and safety.