– UK, Scarborough – Sirius Minerals Plc (AIM: SXX, OTCQX: SRUXY) announce non-executive director changes.

Following the recent positive resolution of the key approvals processes for the York Potash Project the intensity of the Company’s board activity will be increasing. Sirius has taken the opportunity to restructure its board with Chris Catlow and Peter Woods stepping down and two new UK-based independent non-executive directors, Noel Harwerth and Jane Lodge, appointed. As a result there is now a greater percentage of the board comprising independent directors, further strengthening the corporate governance of the Company.

These board changes are part of the Company’s preparation to achieve its medium-term goal of moving to a Main Market listing on the London Stock Exchange. Sirius is continuing its ongoing analysis of the options, processes and timing for such a potential move, as any change may coincide with, or result from, one of the possible financing methods for the Project.

Russell Scrimshaw, Chairman of Sirius said:”Chris and Peter have played integral roles in the recent development of Sirius and on behalf of the entire Company I would like to offer both of them our sincere thanks for their contributions.
“Noel and Jane bring a wealth of experience to the board, both in terms of industry and corporate governance, and I look forward to their contribution to the Company during the next phases of its development.”

Elizabeth Noel Harwerth (“Noel”), 67, has been appointed as a non-executive director with immediate effect. She has also been appointed as a member of the nominations and audit committees.

Noel, whose executive background is in international banking, was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Chief Tax Officer of Citibank International. Noel is also a highly experienced non-executive director who has sat on a number of boards in a variety of different sectors, including mining and finance industry companies and will bring with her a wealth of knowledge and understanding in mining, finance and governance issues.

Jane Ann Lodge, 60, has been also appointed as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Jane has been appointed as chairman of the audit committee and will be a member of the remuneration committee.

After an academic background in geology, Jane’s executive career was primarily in professional services, where she was a partner at Deloitte. An audit partner for 25 years, her roles also included being Deloitte’s Midlands Practice Senior Partner and Lead Partner for the National Manufacturing Industry. As Manufacturing Industry Leader, she represented the UK on the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Industry Executive and was a member of the CBI Manufacturing Council.

During her 35 year career with Deloitte, Jane advised multinational businesses in the construction, financial services, manufacturing, property and house building sectors. Since 2012 she has served as a non-executive director on a number of publicly listed companies, including engineering based companies. Jane brings with her valuable experience, particularly in relation to financial governance and audit oversight.

About Sirius Minerals Plc

Sirius Minerals is a fertilizer development company focused on the development of the York Potash Project in the United Kingdom, which has the world’s largest and highest grade deposit of polyhalite, a multi-nutrient form of potash containing potassium, sulphur, magnesium and calcium. Incorporated in 2003, Sirius Minerals’ shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. Its shares are also traded in the United States on the OTCQX through a sponsored ADR facility.

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