NickelSearch new leadership trio enhances strategic direction

28 March 2024 11:10

NickelSearch Limited (ASX:NIS) has announced the appointment of experienced geologist Jon McLoughlin as Exploration Manager, bringing over two decades of global expertise.

Concurrently, Nicole Duncan transitions to a consulting role, with Mark Connelly assuming the position of Executive Chair, and Suzie Foreman becoming a Non-Executive Director.

Exploration expertise

Jon McLoughlin brings over two decades of exploration, mining, and management expertise to his role as Exploration Manager at NickelSearch.

His career spans diverse projects in Australia and internationally, including greenfields and brownfields exploration, project development, and mining operations, with a focus on base and precious metals projects, particularly in the WA Goldfields.

McLoughlin’s senior roles in esteemed mining firms such as Western Areas, MMG Rosebery, and St Barbara PNG have seen him spearhead resource expansion efforts and lead prosperous brownfield exploration teams, while his recent tenure as Exploration Manager for St Barbara PNG and Hampton Metals further highlight his ongoing contributions to the industry.

Management transition

Effective March 28, 2024, Nicole Duncan, the current Managing Director of NickelSearch, will step down from her position due to personal reasons.

During her tenure, Ms. Duncan played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s exploration strategy, particularly in transitioning towards lithium prospectivity.

Her contributions included facilitating crucial land access agreements, which enabled the advancement of key objectives such as the inaugural drill program in the Quarry prospect area.

Mark Connelly, the current Non-Executive Chairman, will succeed Ms. Duncan as Executive Chair.

With prior experience as Non-Executive Chair of Oklo Resources and Chesser Resources, both of which experienced successful takeovers, he also held leadership roles as Managing Director and CEO of Papillon Resources, and as CEO of Endeavour Mining Corporation.

Additional board appointment

Suzie Foreman, currently serving as the Company Secretary, will transition into the role of Non-Executive Director.

With over 25 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, particularly within the mining and metals industry, she has worked across a spectrum of businesses, from start-ups to ASX top 300 corporations.

Mrs. Foreman holds professional accreditations’ as a Chartered Accountant and Governance Institute Fellow member, bringing a wealth of financial and governance expertise to the board.

Acknowledging contributions

Mark Connelly, NickelSearch’s new Executive Chair, expressed appreciation for Ms. Duncan’s stewardship and wished her success in her future endeavours.

“I would like to personally thank Nicole for her significant contribution to NickelSearch over the past two years. On behalf of the Board, management team and all shareholders, I thank Nicole for her stewardship during her term of service and wish her all the best with her future endeavours,” Connelly said.

NIS’s Australian Security Exchange-listed share price is currently trading at $0.031 (11:00 am UTC+ 8 hours).

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