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Bushveld Minerals appoints new senior independent non-executive director

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Global Mining Review,

Bushveld Minerals, the integrated vanadium producer with additional investments in coal, power and tin, has announced the appointment of Michael J. Kirkwood as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director effective as of the 1 April 2018.

Michael Kirkwood is a highly experienced and respected former international banker, having worked at the highest levels of Citigroup during his 31 year career with the bank. He was latterly UK Country Head and Chairman of the Corporate Bank. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd and Chairman of Ondra LLP. Formerly he served as Chairman of Circle Holdings PLC and as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Kidde plc, UK Financial Investments Ltd, Eros International plc and additionally as Deputy Chairman of PwC’s Advisory Board. During his career in finance, he held appointments as Chairman of British American Business Inc., as President and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers and as Deputy Chairman of the British Bankers Association.

Ian Watson, Chairman of Bushveld Minerals Limited, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Board. He has extensive expertise both in mining and in finance which we believe will be invaluable to the Company as we continue to deliver our strategy of further developing Bushveld as a global leading integrated vanadium player. We look forward to working with him and benefiting from his immense experience.”

Kirkwood said: “Having completed two very significant transactions last year Bushveld has positioned itself as a leading integrated vanadium player at a time when the energy situation in sub-Saharan Africa should be on everyone’s agenda. I believe that Bushveld is uniquely positioned given the assets that it has and, through its subsidiary Bushveld Energy, to become a major player and energy storage solution provider in sub-Saharan Africa. This is an intensely exciting time for the Company and I am delighted to be joining the Board.”

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