Appointment of new Non-Executive Directors

London, 5 April 2017 – Women in Mining (UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Carole Cable, Vanessa Lickfold, Kay Ellen Consolver and Dale Williams as Non-Executive Directors to its newly created Independent Board of Directors, with immediate effect.

The new board, chaired by Debbie Thomas, brings a combination of skills in corporate governance, mining, finance and communication which will support the executive management committee to deliver on WIM’s mission to promote the employment, retention and progress of women in the mining industry.

Debbie Thomas, WIM (UK) Chair said: “I am very pleased to welcome our new board members and look forward to working with this diverse team of talented peers as we continue to advance the promotion of women in the mining and minerals sector. I would also like to thank Swann Global for their professionalism and senior advice throughout the non-executive search process.”

Nichole McCulloch, Managing Director WIM (UK) and Nominations Committee member, said: “Creating this new independent board of directors has been a top priority for us at WIM UK as we continue to professionalise and grow our organisation for the benefit of all our members and the industry. Carole, Vanessa, Kay and Dale all bring an exceptional range of experiences to the table as well as their commitment and enthusiasm and I look forward to working alongside them.”


Notes to Editors

Carole Cable

Carole is an experienced business, financial and communications executive in the mining industry.  With over 20 years’ experience, she has lived and worked in Canada, Australia and the UK, primarily serving mining companies’ needs in the capital markets and communications particularly around business critical issues.

As global co-head of Brunswick’s Energy & Resources practice for the past 10 years, her focus is on the mining sector although she also works with oil and gas clients.  She leads and work with teams around the world advising clients on capital raising, corporate positioning, reputation management, M&A, crisis communications, investor and broader stakeholder relations, and sustainability.

Prior to joining Brunswick, Carole was at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan in institutional equity research and sales specialising in global mining and Asia ex Japan. Prior to that, Carole was a uranium/nuclear fuels analyst in London, and has also worked for a diversified Australian listed mining company. Carole has a BSc from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is a non-executive director of Nyrstar N.V.


Vanessa Lickfold

Vanessa joined Hatch as their Metals and Mining Director for Europe in March 2017.  She is responsible for leading and growing the company’s highly differentiated and innovative mining business in the region.  Prior to that she was with Anglo American companies for over 25 years and had a variety of production, exploration and business roles, including heading up Kumba Iron Ore’s Geology department between 2007 and 2011 and leading Early Studies for the Group from mid-2014 to late-2016.

She has a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Tasmania, Australia; a MSc in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University in South Africa and BSc (Hons) in Geology and Earth Sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.  Vanessa has also completed several management courses, including the Stanford Executive Program in 2013.

She was a non-executive board director for a junior mining company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 2008 to 2011.

Vanessa is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Geological Society of London and the Geological Society of South Africa.  She is also a registered professional natural geological scientist.


Kay Ellen Consolver

Kay Ellen is an experienced business, financial and legal executive in the mining, oil & gas and power industries. She now serves as an independent director on, and business advisor to, Boards of Directors in these sectors, bringing expertise in corporate governance, market expansion and risk management.

For 20 years Kay Ellen worked as a senior global executive with ExxonMobil leading teams of more than 750 professionals across 65 countries. Currently, Kay Ellen serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of African Power Corporation, as well as on the Supervisory Board of Thyssen Petroleum. Previously, she served on the Board of Russian Platinum, a platinum company mining headquartered in Moscow.

In 2016, she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in Worldwide Who’s Who for achievement of the Highest Order. In 2015, Cranfield University School of Management selected her as one of “100 Women to Watch” in their ‘Female FTSE Board Report’ and Brummell magazine honoured her in 2013 as one of 30 Inspirational Women on Boards in London.

In support of Women’s Leadership, Kay Ellen has served as Chair of the International Women’s Forum UK and currently serves on the Board of IWF’s New York Forum. She also serves on the Board of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Chairs Vital Voices Europe.


Dale Williams

A former corporate finance banker, Dale has spent over 15 years working at Royal Bank of Scotland and ANZ Bank focused on the mining, metals and the energy resource sectors.  He has worked on numerous debt solutions involving acquisition finance, corporate restructuring and capital optimisation for many mining companies.

Dale was head of the Energy and Resources sector within Royal Bank of Scotland until 2013, when he joined ANZ Bank to lead the Resources, Energy and Infrastructure teams across EMEA.  More recently Dale joined Swann Global, an international executive search firm headquartered in Melbourne which works with many of the world’s mining and metal groups and provides strategic advice and assistance on executive and non-executive board composition and appointment of senior technical and operational directors.

In addition to joining the board of Women in Mining (UK) as a Non-Executive Director, Dale is a Mentor for the 30% Club.

Dale has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, he also completed a Harvard Business School Executive Management programme sponsored by RBS.


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