Boulby Mine boss quits post in latest blow

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The boss of Boulby Mine has quit his post at the firm in a shock move after trying to get operations back on track.

David Zvida will tomorrow (Saturday) officially leave his post as managing director and general manager of ICL UK - Boulby’s parent company.

His decision was revealed in a letter to employees dated October 13 where it was stated that Mr Zvida had asked to “complete his assignment”.

But a spokesperson for ICL (formerly known as Cleveland Potash) told the Gazette Mr Zvida had been assigned to “address future development plans for the operation”.

They added: “Considerable progress has been made and it has now been agreed that his assignment with ICL UK will end and that he will continue to work within ICL.”

A full-time replacement is now being sought but in the meantime operations are going to be overseen by Peter Smith - executive vice-president potash at ICL - who will be working with a local management team.

In August ICL announced a restructure setting a “clear focus” for its Boulby mine after admitting that for the last 18 months it has been unprofitable.

It involved a £38 million investment programme to expand production of polysulphate and the transferring of 49 posts from ICL UK to ICL Iberia Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cleveland Potash Limited.

Mining and production activities were to be separated from sales, marketing and distribution service.

The staff transfers were set to take place as of this month.