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Premier1 Lithium completes executive team

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Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Premier1 Lithium and Hillgrove Resources.


Premier1 Lithium has appointed Hugh Thomas to the role of non-executive chairman, effective immediately. Thomas is an experienced public market director and former investment banker with over 30 years of experience in the mining and exploration sectors.

Thomas’ previous roles have included serving on the boards of various listed exploration companies and corporately as managing director and head of natural resources Asia Pacific for J.P Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

Currently Thomas serves as chairman of International Base Metals and as non-executive director of NT Minerals.

Premier1 has also appointed Paul Smith to the role of exploration manager. Smith has 13 years’ experience in the exploration of precious, base and critical minerals throughout Australia and Central Asia.

He was recently leading the discovery, exploration and drill out at the Andover lithium project by Azure Minerals that has been acquired by SQM and Hancock Prospecting for  $1.7  billion.

“I am delighted that Premier1 has been able to attract the calibre of Hugh, as Chairman, and Paul, as exploration manager,” Premier1 managing director Jason Froud said.

“Their respective skillsets augment and add significant capabilities to the company.

Both appointments finalise the board and executive team of Premier1 with the company’s attention now on making a significant lithium discovery … across Western Australia.”


Hillgrove Resources has appointed Bob Fulker as managing director.

Fulker has over 35 years’ experience in various management and technical roles within the mining industry. For the last six years, Fulker served as chief operating officer (COO) at Evolution Mining.

Prior to his tenure at Evolution, Fulker worked as COO of OZ Minerals.

“I am extremely excited about Hillgrove’s future, the underground operation has commenced, there are multiple prospective exploration opportunities on lease and in close proximity, and the business is primed for growth with nil debt and strong cash generation anticipated over the coming quarters,” Fulker said.

“I am looking forward to consolidating operations at Kanmantoo and working with the board to deliver the company’s growth strategy.”

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