– AUSTRALIA, Sydney / UK, London – Sirius Minerals Plc (AIM: SXX, OTCQX: SRUXY) is pleased to announce an appointment to the board of directors.

Mr Stephen Gerard Pycroft, 55, has been appointed as a non-executive director with immediate effect.  Stephen is Executive Chairman of Mace, a leading international consultancy and construction company.  Having joined Mace in 1993 and been appointed a Group Board Director in 1995, Stephen was appointed Chief Operating Officer before taking over as CEO at the end of 2004 and Chairman in 2008.

Stephen has led Mace to achieve phenomenal growth with turnover increasing from £90 million in 2001 to £1.1 billion in 2012.  Under Stephen’s leadership Mace has evolved into an international consultancy and construction group, with a reputation for quality and delivery, employing over 4,000 people worldwide.  Stephen’s experience includes delivering some of the UK’s most iconic projects, most notably The Shard, the London Eye and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic village.  Mace recently secured the contract for preliminary works for Battersea Power Station.

Stephen Pycroft replaces Michael Mainelli, who steps down from the board after over eight years of service to the Company.  Michael said: “After so many years watching Sirius grow, it is a delight to see such capable people taking things forward.  I remain a great supporter of Sirius and will watch the Company’s future success with continuing interest.”

Russell Scrimshaw, Chairman of Sirius said: “I would like to place on record our very sincere thanks to Michael for his contribution to the Company and wish him every success in the future.  Michael has helped steer Sirius through several phases of its evolution and we are very grateful for his advice and guidance over that period.

“Stephen Pycroft brings a wealth of experience in delivering large-scale construction projects and we are delighted to add another high-calibre industry leader to our board.  Stephen’s construction experience and vision will be invaluable in this next phase of the Company’s progress towards securing permission for and construction of the York Potash Project.”

About Sirius Minerals Plc

Sirius Minerals is a globally diversified potash development company. Its primary focus is to bring on stream major potash mining facilities through the acquisition and development of projects overlying recognised potash deposits.  Today it holds properties in the United Kingdom (North Yorkshire) and the United States (North Dakota).  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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