Appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief People Officer

Appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief People Officer

Brazilian Nickel Limited (‘BRN’ or the ‘Company’), the private UK company developing the Project Piauí Niquel (‘PPN’) in Brazil, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Kelly as Chief Sustainability Officer (‘CSO’) and Carla Fabri as Chief People Officer (‘CPO’).

Laurie comes to Brazilian Nickel with over 25 years’ experience in Health, Safety, and Environment (‘HSE’), sustainability, and regulatory affairs management in the mining and chemical manufacturing sectors. Her most recent role was with Vale Base Metals as Global Head of HSE where she led HSE performance improvement programmes and provided strategic direction and technical expertise across all phases of mine development, operations and closure.

Carla joins Brazilian Nickel with 17 years of experience in Human Resources (‘HR’) across global organisations within the mining, industrial and services sectors. Carla’s previous role was at BAMIN, Eurasian Resources Group’s iron ore mining and logistics subsidiary in Brazil, where she was head of HR, managing US$38 million in people costs and leading aspects of BAMIN’s ESG strategy. Prior to this, Carla worked across various sectors within Brazil, heading HR and learning and development management teams.

Mark Travers, CEO of Brazilian Nickel, commented:

“I am pleased to welcome both Laurie and Carla to Brazilian Nickel, and I’m delighted to see the Company continue to develop and strengthen its team. Laurie brings a wealth of experience to our sustainability department and will aid in the continued growth of Brazilian Nickel’s ESG output. Carla’s HR experience will support the development of our employees and ensure that our people across the local team at PPN, and the team at BRN, continue to receive the best level of training to develop their skills and operate in a safe and efficient manner.”

Laurie Kelly, CSO of Brazilian Nickel, commented:

“I am passionate about balancing operational needs with responsible and sustainable practices that minimise environmental impacts and create positive economic and social benefits for local communities. I am therefore excited to be joining the Brazilian Nickel, a company that shares this ethos, and look forward to aiding in the production of nickel and cobalt via a low-carbon, sustainable and environmentally friendly method.”

Carla Fabri, CPO of Brazilian Nickel, commented:

“I am looking forward to joining Brazilian Nickel and helping to continue the work started by the Company in developing the PPN, whilst placing emphasis on training and development, enhancing employee opportunities, and benefitting the community in which we operate.”

About Brazilian Nickel Limited

BRN is a privately held UK company established in 2013 to develop nickel laterite heap leach projects worldwide, beginning with its flagship Piauí Nickel Project in Brazil.  The BRN team are all highly experienced mining industry professionals with extensive experience in South America and worldwide. The team has been developing the heap leaching of nickel laterites for over 20 years with a view to building a world class nickel and cobalt producing company.

About Project Piauí Niquel 

Project Piauí Niquel is an advanced-staged nickel laterite heap leaching project located in the State of Piauí, Brazil. PPN will produce low carbon footprint nickel and cobalt through a heap leaching process that has been optimised by the Brazilian Nickel team. As part of the staged approach to the full-scale project, a small-scale PNP1000 project was commissioned in 2022, which allowed product qualification and further de-risking of the PPN. As the Company progresses to a full-scale operation, and due to its strong ESG credentials, PPN is well positioned to provide critical minerals for the developing EV supply chain in the Americas.

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