Sep 032021

– UK, Braintree –  Nexus Infrastructure PLC (LON: NEXS), a leading provider of infrastructure services, multi utilities, and EV charging, today announced the appointment of Richard Kilner as its Independent Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1 January 2022, succeeding Geoffrey French who will step down from the Board on 31 December 2021.

Mike Morris CEO commented: “I am delighted that Richard has agreed to accept the appointment of Non-Executive Chairman and I am looking forward to working with him even more closely in his new role.”

Richard will chair the Nomination Committee, with effect from 1 January 2022, and will continue to serve on the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

About Richard Kilner

With his extensive experience as a Senior Non-Executive Director of Nexus since 2016, Richard Kilner has been part of the Board team responsible for the evolution of the Group that resulted in Admission to AIM in July 2017. Richard is a qualified engineer, with significant M&A experience in engineering and energy from his time at 3i.

About Nexus Infrastructure

Nexus Infrastructure is a leading provider of essential infrastructure services in the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors. The Group comprises:

  • TriConnex which designs, installs, and connects multi-utility networks to properties on new residential and commercial developments. TriConnex was established in 2011 to take advantage of deregulation in the utility market to be recognized as the UK’s leading independent provider of multi-utility connections to new developments.
  • eSmart Networks focuses on electric vehicle charging infrastructure smart grid solutions and renewable infrastructure. eSmart Networks was set up in 2018 to meet the UK’s growing need for charging infrastructure as the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles gathers pace and has since diversified into smart grid solutions and renewable infrastructure.
  • Tamdown, a provider of civil engineering, infrastructure, and high-rise construction services. Tamdown has a well-established market position having been in operation for over 40 years and counts amongst its customers the majority of the top ten largest UK housebuilders.

For more information: https://www.nexus-infrastructure.com

Sep 022021
Next Plc welcomes Soumen Das to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, Enderby –  NEXT Plc  (LON: NXT) today announced the appointment of Soumen Das to its Board as an independent non-executive director with effect from 1 September 2021.

His appointment will strengthen the Board’s knowledge and experience of the UK property and capital markets after Francis Salway stepped down from our Board in May of this year.

About Soumen Das

Soumen Das is CFO of SEGRO plc, the largest UK and European Real Estate Investment Trust and a constituent of the FTSE 100. He has over eleven years’ board-level experience with listed companies having been Managing Director and CFO of Capital & Counties Properties plc prior to joining SEGRO, and was previously an Executive Director of UBS within the investment bank.

For more information: https://www.nextplc.co.uk/

Aug 312021
Small Pharma appoints Board Member Lyne Fortin as Chair of its Board of Directors

– UK, London / CANADA, Vancouver –  Small Pharma Inc. (TSX: DMT), a neuro-pharmaceutical company focused on psychedelic-assisted therapies, today announced the appointment of Board member Lyne Fortin as non-executive independent chair of its Board of Directors.

“With 35 years of experience across Big Pharma and biotech, including 26 years at Merck, Lyne has already proven invaluable as an independent director and I couldn’t be happier to welcome her as Chair. Her in-depth experience will continue to be invaluable to Small Pharma as we look to build on the strong progress we have made this year,” said CEO, Peter Rands.

About Lyne Fortin

Ms. Fortin has served as a director of the Company since April 29, 2021 and will continue to serve in her roles as chair of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Lyne Fortin, new Board Chair said: “I am honored to be Chair of the Board of Small Pharma as the growing burden of mental health is in need of ground-breaking solutions. Small Pharma represents the perfect match of a clearly differentiated program in psychedelic research, with the drive of a strong and passionate team to deliver tangible results.”

About Small Pharma

Small Pharma is a neuro-pharmaceutical company specialized in IP-led development of novel treatments for mental health conditions, with a focus on depression. Small Pharma initiated a clinical program into N,N-dimethyltryptamine assisted therapy in February 2021. This program includes a Phase I/IIa trial on its lead candidate alongside development of a robust pipeline of proprietary preclinical assets.

For more information: https://www.smallpharma.com

Aug 272021
Irish Continental Group appoints Dan Clague to its Board as Independent Director

– IRELAND, Dublin –  Irish Continental Group PLC (LON: ICGC) today announced the appointment of Dan Clague to its Board as an independent non-executive Director, effective immediately. He will join the Audit, Remuneration, and Nomination Committees.

About Dan Clague

Dan Clague is a Managing Director of Stephens Europe, an independent investment bank for middle-market companies where Dan leads the Transport Services and Infrastructure Group. With over 25 years of experience in investment banking, Dan has previously held senior positions with Hawkpoint Partners, SG Hambros, ABN Amro, and Baring Brothers. Before entering investment banking, Dan spent several years working in the maritime sector as a shipping and ports manager. He has global experience of both public and private company mergers and acquisitions across the transport industry including the RoRo, LoLo, and port sectors. Dan is based in London

For more information: https://icg.ie/

Aug 262021
Greatland Gold welcomes Paul Hallam to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  Greatland Gold plc (LON: GGP), a leading development and exploration company with a focus on tier-one gold-copper deposits, today announced the appointment of Paul Hallam to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.

“It is a measure of our growing reputation as a Company that we are able to attract high-quality people to Greatland, and I am delighted to welcome Paul Hallam to our Board as Independent Non-Executive Director. He brings a wealth of senior mining industry expertise and is a great addition to our Board.” said CEO, Shaun Day.

The company also announced the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee, and concurrently, the appointment of Callum Baxter to the Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Baxter will step down from his full-time role as CTO and from the Board of Directors on 31 August 2021 to focus on this new initiative.

The Technical Advisory Committee will report to the CEO and provide technical input and enhance the Company’s existing capabilities in exploration, resource definition, mine development, and ore processing. In addition to Callum Baxter, the Company announced to appoint recognized industry experts Stuart Masters, Simon Hanrahan, and Dr. Ian Ritchie to the Technical Advisory Committee.

These changes enhance the skills and experience required for the Company as it progresses from an explorer, through development, and into production. The Company will consider adding to the Board and the Technical Advisory Committee to further expand the Company’s skill sets.

Shaun Day. added: “We look forward to working with him and the new Technical Advisory Committee of Callum Baxter, Stuart Masters, Simon Hanrahan, and Dr. Ian Ritchie as we move ahead with the development of the world-class Havieron asset.”

About Paul Hallam

Paul is a senior mining industry professional with more than 40 years of Australian and international resource experience across a range of commodities including both surface and underground mining. He has global operational and corporate experience from his executive roles including Director of Operations with Fortescue Metals Group, Executive General Manager of Developments & Projects with Newcrest Mining Limited, Director of Victorian Operations with Alcoa as well as Executive General Manager of Base and Precious Metals at North Ltd. Paul has been a Non-Executive Director on several Australian and International listed company boards. His appointment to the Board will take effect from Wednesday, 1 September 2021. Paul will join the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

About Callum Baxter

After founding the Company in 2005, Callum used his geological and technical expertise to lead a globally recognized exploration program in the Paterson region of Western Australia. In 2016, Greatland acquired tenements in this region and commenced focussed ground geophysics and data modeling before implementing a targeted four-hole drill program under 400 meters of cover, leading to the discovery of high-grade gold and copper Havieron deposit.

Callum Baxter said: “I’ve had a long association with Greatland from the inception of the Company through to the discovery of the world class Havieron deposit. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with a pool of highly talented people, and looking back we have achieved so much together. I would also like to thank many loyal supporters who have enjoyed the journey of exploration and discovery with me because, without their backing, Greatland would not be where it is today. Although I am changing the work balance in my life, I am very pleased to have an ongoing connection with Greatland through the Technical Advisory Committee.”

About Stuart Masters

Stuart Masters (MAIG, FAusIMM, GAICD, JOORC, CRIRSCO): Stuart brings 35 years of experience covering exploration, deposit definition, studies, development, mining, closure, investment/divestment in a multitude of countries and in alluvial, open-pit and underground operations at the operational, tactical and strategic level. Stuart has worked with several leading mining companies in Western Australia including Rio Tinto Technical Services as a Principal Consultant and is currently a Director and Principal Consultant at CS-2 Pty Ltd.

About Simon Hanrahan

Simon Hanrahan (BMinTech, FAusIMM): Simon is a Corporate Consultant at SRK Consulting and brings 35 years of international experience leading and managing across the whole resources value chain: feasibility studies, project construction, and commissioning, and mine operations. He gained mine management and construction experience in South Africa, Australia, and the USA in gold, coal, base metals, copper, platinum, industrial minerals, and diamonds. Simon works globally within SRK, across the surface and underground projects, and has specialist experience in caving and the transition of open pits to underground caving operations. He is also Chairman of SRK Consulting (Australasia).

About Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie (AusIMM): Dr. Ritchie is an experienced metallurgist and Study Manager particularly on large projects. He has more than 35 years of experience working with major mining companies on large projects including Newcrest’s Telfer operation. His technical expertise is in comminution, gold, and copper metallurgy together with a strong understanding of waste and tailings management.

About Greatland Gold plc

Greatland Gold plc is a leading development and exploration company with a focus on tier-one gold-copper deposits. The Company’s flagship asset is the world-class Havieron gold-copper deposit in the Paterson region of Western Australia, discovered by Greatland and presently under development in a Joint Venture with Newcrest Mining Ltd.

Havieron is located approximately 45km east of Newcrest’s Telfer gold mine and, subject to a positive decision to mine, will leverage the existing infrastructure and processing plant to significantly reduce the project’s capital expenditure and carbon impact for a low-cost pathway to development. An extensive growth drilling program is presently underway at Havieron with a Pre-Feasibility Study due for release in late calendar 2021. Construction of the box cut and decline to develop the Havieron orebody commenced in February 2021.

Greatland has a proven track record of discovery and exploration success. It is pursuing the next generation of tier-one mineral deposits by applying advanced exploration techniques in under-explored regions. The Company is focused on safe, low-risk jurisdictions and is strategically positioned in the highly prospective Paterson region. Greatland has a total of six projects across Australia with a focus on becoming a multi-commodity mining company of a significant scale.

For more information : https://greatlandgold.com/

Aug 252021
Dante Labs welcomes Mark Van Oene to its Board of Directors

– UK, Cambridge –  Dante Labs, a global leader in genomics and precision medicine, today announced the appointment of Mark Van Oene to its Board of Directors.

“I’m so pleased to welcome Mark Van Oene to the Dante Labs Board,” said CEO, Andrea Riposati. “We are confident we will greatly benefit from Mark’s proven leadership in scaling Dante’s global commercial organization to serve more people with the genomic information needed to treat and prevent disease.”

Mr. Van Oene will join Illumina COO Bob Ragusa and GRAIL SVP Mark Morgan to the Dante Labs Board of Directors.

About Mark Van Oene

Mark Van Oene is the COO at Pacific Biosciences, a leading provider of high-quality sequencing solutions. He has deep expertise and leadership in the field of genomics, driving strategic planning and corporate development activities and managing research, development, and manufacturing in his role at Pacific Biosciences. Before that, Mr. Van Oene held several key leadership roles at Illumina, ultimately serving as Chief Commercial Officer with his appointment in 2017. Before Illumina, he was the Director of Genotyping Services in Ellipsis Biotherapeutics.

Mr. Van Oene commented, “I’m excited to be joining Dante’s Board to help scale the business as the need for genomics in healthcare is realized and plays a more essential role in drug development and precision medicine.”

About Dante Labs

Dante Labs is a global genomic data company building and commercializing a new class of transformative health and longevity applications based on whole-genome sequencing and AI. Our assets include one of the largest private genome databases with research consent, a proprietary software platform designed to unleash the power of genomic data at scale, and proprietary processes which enable an industrial approach to genomic sequencing.

Headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, with a research laboratory in Wolverhampton, Dante Labs supported the UK Government’s urgent requirement to scale up a high-capacity, highly automated testing solution for Covid-19, including infected patients as well as those with antibodies. Dante Labs was able to deliver by leveraging existing technology which had been developed for whole-genome sequencing.

For more information: https://www.dantelabs.com/

Aug 242021
Anglo Pacific welcomes Varda Shine to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, London –  Anglo Pacific Group PLC (LON: APF | TSX: APY), today announced the appointment of Varda Shine to its Board as an independent non-executive director, effective from 23 August 2021.

“We are very pleased to welcome Varda to the Board following an extensive search process. Varda brings a wealth of experience to the Board at a time when the Company is looking to continue its diversification and focus on 21st century commodities that support a more sustainable future. We believe that Varda’s proven track record of previous and current board experience on public listed companies and leadership in the extractive sector complements the experience of our other directors and will serve to further strengthen the Board’s skills and expertise.” said Board Chairman, Patrick Meier.

Varda will also serve on the audit committee and will chair the remuneration committee, effective from 1 September.

About Varda Shine

Varda Shine is a highly experienced mining non-executive director, executive mentor, and mining industry adviser with a career spanning 30 years. Previously she was CEO of De Beers Trading Company where she worked with stakeholders across the supply chain to introduce new distribution and price strategies for the business. She currently serves as senior independent director and remuneration committee chair of Petra Diamonds, lead independent director, and remuneration committee chair of Sarine Technologies. Varda is also a board member of the Mineral Development Company of the Government of Botswana. From February 2015 to June 2019, Varda was a non-executive director, audit and nomination committee member, and remuneration chair from August 2017 at Lonmin PLC.

Varda Shine said: “I am delighted to join the board of Anglo Pacific at such an exciting time for the Company and I look forward to being part of the journey and supporting the strategy and growth ambitions.”

About Anglo Pacific

Anglo Pacific Group PLC is a global natural resources royalty and streaming company. The Company’s strategy is to become a leading natural resources company through investing in high-quality projects in preferred jurisdictions with trusted counterparties, underpinned by strong ESG principles. It is a continuing policy of the Company to pay a substantial portion of these royalties and streams to shareholders as dividends.

For more information: https://www.anglopacificgroup.com/

Aug 232021
Longhurst Group announces Jenny Brown as next Board Chair

– UK, Birmingham –  Longhurst Group Limited (LON: 38LT) announced the appointment of Jenny Brown as its new Chair with effect from 1st January 2022 to succeed Bob Wilson who will step down following the end of his nine-year term.

About Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown joined the Group Board in July 2019 and boasts a wealth of experience with a wide range of organizations, having spent 20 years at Grant Thornton and most recently serving as a Director at Altair Consultancy.

She has also been Vice-Chair for Arhag Housing and a co-opted member of the Audit Committee at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jenny also recently spent some time working with the Regulator of Social Housing as part of their enforcement team and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Jenny will join at an exciting time as the Group continues its journey to deliver its ambitious Improving Lives 2025 Strategy, working closely with the Board and executive directors to focus on the Group’s vision to improve lives through its two strategic pillars of health and well-being and economic resilience.

For more information : https://www.longhurst-group.org.uk/

Aug 122021
Micro Focus International announces Pauline Campbell to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, Newbury –  Micro Focus International plc (LON: MCRO | NYSE: MFGP), the international software product group, today announced the appointment of Pauline Campbell to its Board as a Non-Executive Director effective from 1 October 2021.

“I am pleased that Pauline is joining our Board, her wide range of skills and experience will complement and further enhance the depth and strength of our Board” said Board Chairman, Greg Lock.

Pauline will become a member of the Audit, Remuneration, and Nomination Committees.

About Pauline Campbell

Pauline Campbell was previously an Audit Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers having recently retired after 38 years in the industry. Pauline has worked internationally across a broad range of sectors including IT and support services and also served on the Governance Board of the UK firm, including the Public Interest Body, and the equivalent body at PwC’s Global Network. It was recently announced by Computacenter plc that Pauline will be appointed from 16 August 2021 as an Independent Non-executive Director.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus is a global enterprise software company supporting the technology needs and challenges of the Global 2000. Our solutions help organizations leverage existing IT investments, enterprise applications, and emerging technologies to address complex, rapidly evolving business requirements while protecting corporate information at all times. Our product portfolios are Security, IT Operations Management, Application Delivery Management, Information Management & Governance, and Application Modernization & Connectivity.

For more information: https://www.microfocus.com/en-us

Aug 032021

– UK, Abingdon –  Oxford Instruments plc (LON: OXIG), a provider of high technology products and services to the world’s leading industrial manufacturers and scientific research institutes, today announced the appointment of Sir Nigel Sheinwald to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

“We are delighted to welcome Sir Nigel to the Oxford Instruments Board. The extensive range of skills and experience that he brings, along with his enthusiasm for our sustainability agenda, is a good fit with the Group’s requirements at this stage in its growth journey. I look forward to working closely with Sir Nigel as we continue to support the Group in achieving its full potential.” said Board Chairman, Neil Carson.

Sir Nigel will be joining the Board on 22 September 2021 and will become a member of the remuneration, nomination and audit and risk committees from the same date. He will also take up the role of Chair of the Sustainability committee.

About Nigel Sheinwald

Sir Nigel was a British diplomat and has deep knowledge of international politics, strategy, regulation and communication. He received his M.A. degree from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. Sir Nigel served as British Ambassador to the USA from 2007 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister and as British Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976 and served in Brussels, Moscow, Washington and in a wide range of policy roles in London. He is currently a non-executive director of Invesco Ltd and a Senior Adviser to both Tanium, a cyber security company, and to the Universal Music Group. He is Chair of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is a Visiting Professor and former Council Member at King’s College, London. He was previously a non-executive director and Chair of the Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees at Royal Dutch Shell plc.

For more information : https://www.oxinst.com/

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