SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Aura Energy Limited announced the appointment of Dr Will Goodall as acting CEO, who will continue to drive Aura towards expanding the Tiris uranium resource and preparing the company for production of uranium at its flagship Tiris Project in Mauritania.
The Company has also commenced the recruitment process to appoint a Managing Director & CEO.
Following the resolutions passed at the Company’s AGM on 21 December 2021, Aura has undergone a strategic board restructure to advance the Company from a uranium explorer to a uranium producer. As part of this restructure, mining M&A heavyweight, Phil Mitchell, was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman, with Warren Mundine and Bryan Dixon appointed as Non-Executive Directors of the Company.
With the newly appointed, production focussed Board of Directors, Peter Reeve stepped down as the Company’s Managing Director & CEO to apply his extensive exploration experience to advancing Aura’s gold assets held by Achaean Greenstone Gold, with the aim of creating further value for Aura shareholders.
Commenting on his appointment as Acting CEO, Dr Will Goodall, said: “I am pleased to take on the role of acting CEO of Aura. I look forward to leveraging the strengths and leadership of the current team to drive the Company in expanding our uranium resources and advancing Tiris towards uranium production.
Having worked with Aura for over 10 years and being responsible for delivery of the Tiris scoping and definitive feasibility studies, I see the Project as an exciting opportunity for Aura to move rapidly into uranium production.
The Aura team has done a great job to prepare the Tiris Project, with simple mining and metallurgy leading to low capital and operating costs. I look forward to building on the strengths of our Australian and Mauritanian teams to develop a project that delivers genuine value for Mauritania and Aura’s shareholders.”
Commenting on the appointment Aura Energy Non-Executive Chairman, Phil Mitchell, said: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Goodall as acting CEO of the Company.
With Aura ’s Tiris focus upon resource expansion and transition to uranium production, his project experience will help rapidly build momentum. We look forward to working with Dr Goodall in his role as acting CEO and continuing to advance Aura towards expansion and production. We have commenced the recruitment process to appoint a Managing Director & CEO with significant project development and production experience, with the aim of finalising this process over the next six months. I also want to thank Peter Reeve who has been instrumental in preparing Tiris for its next phase.
Peter will now focus on applying his abilities to advancing exploration at the highly prospective Tasiast South Gold Project.”
Dr Goodall has worked with Aura Energy for over 10 years and in the role of Principal Metallurgist since 2018. He was responsible for delivering the Tiris Uranium Scoping and Definitive Feasibility Studies, and the Häggån Uranium Scoping Study and brings a deep technical knowledge of Aura’s projects.
Dr Goodall holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering), with over 20 years of experience in geometallurgy, mineral processing and hydrometallurgy across a wide range of commodities. He contributes a strong mix of technical expertise and corporate experience, developed through project delivery and consulting roles with a wide range of companies, ranging from juniors to tier-1 miners.
With a focus on innovative and practical processing solutions that drive project value, he has delivered positive results across a wide selection of minerals projects.
He also contributes experience in project development for uranium, gold, silver, copper, lead/zinc, battery metals and rare earth elements. This experience includes mineral characterisation, process development, test work management, scoping, pre -feasibility and feasibility studies and optimisation of existing operations.