Jones adds further mining and engineering skills to the board as Blackham aims to deliver the goal to transition the Matilda-Wiluna Gold Operation into a 200,000 ounces per annum long-life mine.
He replaces Greg Miles who has announced his resignation as a non-executive director.
Blackham’s chairman Milan Jerkovic said: “It is fantastic to have attracted a director of the calibre of Geoff Jones to the Blackham board.
“His extensive gold mining, project development and engineering skills will complement the rest of the board and management team well as we look to expand Blackham’s production capacity further.”
Miles thanked for contribution
Miles was fundamental in investigating and then securing the acquisition of the Matilda and Wiluna projects and consolidation of the entire Wiluna goldfield.
His intimate knowledge of geology in the region has helped to grow the original 300,000-ounce resource to the considerable 6.5 million ounce resource as it stands today.
Jerkovic said: “I would also like to personally thank Greg Miles for his immeasurable contribution to the company over the past seven years, particularly in helping to define and de-risk the company’s 6.5 million ounces of defined resource.”
Jones is managing director of GR Engineering Services Limited and is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in construction, engineering, mineral processing and project development in Australia and overseas.
He previously worked for Baulderstone Hornibrook, John Holland, Minproc Engineers and Signet Engineering before serving over six years as group project engineer for Resolute Mining Limited (ASX:RSG).
Mining and engineering experience
In this role he was responsible for the development of Resolute’s mining projects in Australia, Ghana and Tanzania.
He also founded a project management and engineering consultancy concentrating on the management of projects for ASX listed companies in the resources sector.
Following the recent appointment of Tony James also as a non-executive director, Blackham has strengthened the experience, skill set and composition of its board and management team to match its focus on the successful delivery of near and longer-term mine plans.