Liontown mover takes the wheel at lithium junior

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Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Premier1 Lithium, Lincoln Minerals, Celcius Resources, and more.


Following an extensive executive search, Premier1 Lithium has appointed Jason Froud as managing director of the company.

Froud is a geologist with over 25 years of experience in the resources sector, whose resume includes the likes of Newcrest. Froud’s most recent role was with Liontown Resources.

“Jason is the former business development manager of Liontown Resources where he has played a leading role in generating a pipeline of new major lithium and battery metals projects in Australia,” Premier1 non-executive director Anja Ehser said.

“He brings tremendous experience and expertise in assessing and valuing lithium assets that will assist Premier1’s growth using our unique lithium data sets.”


Lincoln Minerals has appointed an experienced study manager to drive the development of its Kookaburra graphite project in South Australia.

Stephen McEwen has two decades of experience in the resources sector, including working in the critical minerals space. He has previously delivered the definitive feasibility study for Ionic Rare Earths’ Makuutu project, and a low capital development pathway for AR3’s Koppamurra project in SA.

McEwen will oversee a pre-feasibility study for Lincoln’s Kookaburra project, targeting 60,000–100,000 tonnes per annum.

“We are thrilled to have McEwen join our team, bringing his extensive experience and proven track record in critical minerals to the company, Lincoln chief executive officer (CEO) Jonathon Trewartha said.

“His expertise will be crucial as we aim to significantly expand the 35,000 tonnes per annum graphite concentrate feasibility study completed in 2017.

“His commitment to value-driven project studies, safety, and timely delivery will be instrumental as we advance development plans for our flagship Kookaburra graphite project.”


Celsius Resources has appointed Mark van Kerkwijk as executive director for investor relations, public relations and marketing.

As an experienced private investor and major shareholder in Celsius, van Kerkwijk will act as a conduit between the company and investors, creating open communication and boosting interest and demand for the company’s shares.


Green Critical Minerals (GCM) has appointed Clinton Booth as managing director following his appointment as CEO earlier this year.

Booth has over 20 years of experience in the mining and energy sectors. Prior to his appointment, he was CEO and managing director of Pioneer Lithium, and held a senior position as Fortescue Future Industries.

“After joining GCM earlier this year as CEO, I have been increasingly buoyed by the compelling value proposition of the company and the assets that we have,” Booth said.

“The quality of the assets we have at GCM and the vision to deliver into the critical minerals space are incredibly attractive. The McIntosh graphite deposit is a clear standout and represents one of the best near-term critical mineral development opportunities in Australia.

“It has all the hallmarks to become a leading Australian graphite producing mine.”

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