Tambourah Metals appoints mining executive to board of directors

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Tambourah Metals ASX TMB mining executive board of directors Wayne Richards

Critical minerals explorer Tambourah Metals (ASX: TMB) has appointed mining executive Wayne Richards to its board of directors.

Mr Richards has over 37 years experience in project study execution and development, mineral processing and corporate financing within the resources sector.

He has performed executive and non-executive roles with publicly-listed companies in Australia and Johannesburg and has held senior roles with BHP Group (ASX: BHP) and Anaconda Nickel.

He has also held non-executive directorships with listed companies and joint ventures.

Corporate roles

Mr Richards has held the role of managing director and chief executive officer of Burley Minerals (ASX: BUR) and been executive chairman and chief executive officer of Tawana Resources (before it merged with now-defunct Alliance Mineral Assets in 2018).

He was also managing director of Brockman Mining (ASX: BCK) and instrumental in the development of the Marillana iron ore project near Newman in WA, which helped grow the company to a market capitalisation of $970 million.

More recently, Mr Richards has been involved with Burley’s lithium exploration and project development activities.

Enhancing the team

In a statement, Tambourah said Mr Richards would “strengthen and enhance” its technical and corporate teams as it advances exploration of its tenements in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, which includes the Tambourah and Russian Jack projects.

He is expected to provide support towards the development of a recently-acquired lithium portfolio from Minrex Resources (ASX: MRR).

He will also assist with advancing Tambourah’s strategic partnership with Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile over lithium and critical minerals tenements in WA’s Julimar district.

Welcome to the board

Tambourah chairperson Rita Brooks welcomed Mr Richards to the board.

“We are fortunate to have secured Wayne’s extensive experience… he will be an asset to the company as we rapidly advance the exploration and development plans of our critical minerals portfolio,” she said.

“Wayne’s knowledge of the lithium industry compliments our current board and management team skills and we look forward to working with him as Tambourah transitions from an explorer to a potential project developer.”