Cornish Lithium Ltd (“the Company”), the mineral exploration and development company based in Cornwall, UK, is delighted to have strengthened its management team with the appointment of three new members: Neil Elliot as Corporate Development Manager, Kate Harcourt as Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Officer, and Kathy Hicks as an Advisory Environmental Consultant.
Neil Elliot, Corporate Development Manager
Neil has over 17 years’ experience providing corporate finance advice and broking services to UK listed natural resources companies, having also accumulated extensive experience advising TSX and ASX dual listed companies. Neil was most recently a director in BMO’s UK ECM and Corporate Broking team, which he joined from Liberum Capital in 2018. Neil started his career at Evolution Securities in 2003, moving to Investec, following its acquisition of Evolution in 2011 and subsequently to Cannacord Genuity. Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Kate Harcourt, ESG Officer
Kate joins Cornish Lithium having amassed 30 years of experience as a sustainability professional, predominantly within the mining industry. Kate has a BSc (Hons) in Natural Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and uses these qualifications as a basis to advise mining companies on sustainability issues.
During her career, Kate has worked for a number of junior mining companies from the advanced exploration stage through to construction and operation, focusing on ESIA, permitting and environmental management as well as meeting lender and investor requirements. She has also contributed to documentation on industry good practice, such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) for Mining (2001) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Good Practice Note on Managing Contractors’ Environmental and Social Performance (2017).
Kate currently holds the position of non-executive director to AIM-listed mining company Condor Gold, TSX-listed Roxgold Inc and TSX-V listed Orezone Gold Corporation, and sits on the ESG Committee advising the Board of AIM-listed Hummingbird Resources.
Kathy Hicks, Advisory Environmental Consultant
Kathy, a Mining Geologist and Chartered Environmentalist, will also be joining Cornish Lithium’s ESG team following 17 years of experience in the global hard rock mining industry and UK ground engineering sector. Over the course of her career, Kathy has advised on environmentally-responsible practices and regulatory compliance for all stages of a project’s lifecycle.
Kathy is a director of the Cornish Chamber of Mines and Minerals and a member of the Cornwall Mining Alliance Steering Committee. She founded the ‘South West Mining Subsidence Forum’ in 2017 and has provided input on regional guidance and policy relating to georesources and mining legacy issues. Kathy also founded Carrak Consulting in 2013 to provide environmental management and sustainable development support to land and mineral developers in the UK and overseas.
Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium, said: “On behalf of Cornish Lithium, I would like to offer Neil, Kate and Kathy a warm welcome to the Company. We are delighted to have such esteemed mining and ESG professionals join us and guide our practices as we work towards the development of our exciting portfolio which is set to produce battery-quality lithium for the UK automotive and battery industries.
“As we continue to develop projects, including the construction of a pilot plant at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project and exploration activities at both our hard rock and geothermal sites across Cornwall, I believe that this is the opportune time to expand our team and bring further expertise into the Company.
“Cornish Lithium has always had a strong focus on ESG and these appointments will strengthen the Company’s existing credentials, as well as provide additional corporate and operational competence. Neil Elliot has spent a number of years advising a wide array of natural resource companies and his future contributions with regards to governance and market positioning will be invaluable as the Company continues to grow. Additionally, both Kate and Kathy will utilise their extensive experience and skillsets to assist in the development of the Company’s projects, ensuring adherence to the highest possible ESG standards.”