Minerals firm welcomes new board member

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SIRIUS Minerals, the company behind plans for a large potash mine in Yorkshire, has hired a new board member and secured an agreement with a major Chinese group.

Keith Clarke has been appointed as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Mr Clarke was chief executive of WS Atkins, the UK’s largest design and engineering consultancy for eight years to July 2011 and he previously held chief executive roles with Skanska UK and Kvaerner Construction Group.

It has also been announced that Sir David Higgins is stepping down from the board, following his recent appointment as Chairman of HS2 and his current commitments with Network Rail.

Sir David said: “I will be sad to step down from the Sirius board but I will always be a strong supporter of the company and the huge commercial investment that York Potash represents for Yorkshire and the North East.

“Keith Clarke is well known to me and I’m confident he will be a great addition to the board.”

Russell Scrimshaw, the company’s chairman, said: “Keith brings a wealth of understanding in the areas of complex project approvals and construction management and is a passionate advocate of the environment.”

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