Dubbo Project to be steered by new leaders at Alkane Resources

NEW JOB: From September 1 Nic Earner will be managing director of Alkane Resources. Photo: Contributed

NEW JOB: From September 1 Nic Earner will be managing director of Alkane Resources. Photo: Contributed

The company behind the $1 billion Dubbo Project (DP) is experiencing a changing of the guard.

Alkane Resources’ Ian Chalmers is trading his title of managing director for technical director.

Chief operations officer Nic Earner will become managing director from September 1.

Alkane Resources non-executive chairman John Dunlop will retire on the same day. He will hand the reins to Ian Gandel, currently a non-executive director of the Alkane Resources board.

Mr Gandel will be charged with “steering the company through the crucial funding stage of the DP”.

A spokeswoman for the company said  Mr Earner joined Alkane Resources as chief operations officer in 2013. He became responsible for the “safe and efficient” management of the company’s Tomingley Gold Operations (TGO) and the yet-to-be built DP.

“Under his supervision, the successful development of TGO transitioned to profitable and efficient operations,” the spokeswoman said.

“His guidance also drives the engineering and metallurgical aspects of the DP, overseeing optimisation of plant design and product and marketing development. 

TRADING TITLES: Alkane Resources' Ian Chalmers is trading his title of managing director for technical director from September 1. Photo: File

TRADING TITLES: Alkane Resources' Ian Chalmers is trading his title of managing director for technical director from September 1. Photo: File

“The board considers the company to be immensely fortunate to retain his energy and expertise in his new role as managing director.”

Mr Earner’s new role will include the “substantial travel” required to get the DP to production.

The spokeswoman said as technical director, Mr Chalmers would continue to provide his geological expertise and his “substantial intellectual database of knowledge” on the DP, its products and their markets.

Mr Chalmers has been managing director since 2006.

Alkane Resources is intending to appoint more board directors able to “bring complementary skill sets and diversity” to its board. “These efforts continue with appropriate candidates shortlisted with a view to augmenting the board in the near future,” the spokeswoman said.