ECR MINERALS Plc
(“ECR Minerals”, “ECR”, the “Company” or the “Group”)
LONDON: 1 September 2016 - The directors of ECR Minerals Plc (the “Board”) announce the appointment of Craig Brown as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Craig joined the Board of ECR Minerals on 3 May 2016 as the Company’s part-time Finance Director.
Craig Brown is a Chartered Accountant with over 21 years’ experience in senior management and finance roles within the exploration and mining industry.
Bill Howell, Chairman, said
“Craig brings in-depth experience in senior management and finance roles in the mining industry. I believe he has the drive and ability to take ECR into the next stage of its development and I am confident that he will make an excellent CEO."
Craig Brown, CEO, said
“I am pleased to be appointed to the position of CEO and am fully committed to turning ECR around and rebuilding the Company to deliver real shareholder value.
The past couple of months have been a challenging period for the Company and its shareholders. We believe there is significant potential in the Avoca and Bailieston projects in Australia, both with regard to the possibility of recovering gold and construction materials from the Avoca tailings dumps, and the wider exploration potential within the highly prospective Central Victorian Goldfields.
I would like to reassure shareholders that the Board and management of ECR are doing our utmost to stabilise the Company and move the business forward with confidence."
Craig Brown was a founding shareholder of Kryso Resources plc (“Kryso”), a gold exploration and development company which was admitted to trading on AIM in 2004. Kryso was restructured and renamed China Nonferrous Gold Ltd (“CNG”) in 2013. Craig acted as Finance Director and Company Secretary of Kryso before becoming Managing Director in 2010 and stepping down from the board in September 2013. During this period, Kryso/CNG delineated a five million ounce JORC Mineral Resource at the Pakrut gold project in Tajikistan, completed a bankable feasibility study for the project, obtained debt and equity finance for mine development, and commenced construction of the mine and infrastructure.
Since 2013, Craig has continued to act as a consultant to CNG, during which time CNG has successfully obtained additional debt finance in order to commence production, completing the first gold pour at the Pakrut mine in 2015. Prior to his roles with Kryso/CNG, Craig held positions with Gulf International Minerals Ltd and Nelson Gold Ltd, both of which also successfully put gold mines into production during Craig’s tenure.
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ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia (MGA) has acquired 100% ownership of the Avoca and Bailieston gold projects in Victoria, Australia. ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015, and is available for download from ECR’s website.
ECR’s wholly owned subsidiary Ochre Mining has a 100% interest in the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near term production.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
|ECR Minerals plc|
|William (Bill) Howell, Non-Executive Chairman||Tel:||+44 (0)20 7929 1010|
|Craig Brown, Finance Director & CEO|
|Richard (Dick) Watts, Technical Director|
|Cairn Financial Advisers LLP|
|Nominated Adviser||Tel:||+44 (0)20 7148 7900|
|Emma Earl/Jo Turner|
|Vicarage Capital Ltd|
|Broker||Tel:||+44 (0)20 3651 2910|
|Rupert Williams/Jeremy Woodgate|
|Public Relations||Tel:||+44 (0)20 7138 3204|
|Tim Blythe/Camilla Horsfall|