Boulby mine boss joins new potash set up

THE managing director of Cleveland Potash, which operates Boulby Mine, is going to work for York Potash - the firm looking to set up a new mine in the area.

Graham Clarke has spent his entire career at Boulby but will go to the new set up as operations director.

He will formally join Sirius Minerals (the parent company of York Potash) in April 2012 once his notice period with Cleveland Potash has expired.

Mr Clark’s role will see him taking a key leadership role as the York Potash proposal develops into a more detailed project.

At the moment the firm is undertaking temporary drilling to confirm the potash reserves in the area between Whitby and Scarborough.

Mr Clark said: “The York Potash Project is a fantastic project and is an opportunity I could not turn down. I understand not only the challenges involved but also the huge benefits the York Potash Project can bring to the area.

“I aim to bring my operational experience of mine development, the local environment and health and safety issues to help deliver the best possible project for the area.”

He added that he leaves Boulby after many happy years and with “great gratitude” to the hardworking members of staff adding: “There is a strong management team in place to step into my shoes and I look forward to the possibility of working together in the future on key areas of potential cooperation.”

Chris Fraser, the managing director of Sirius said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce Graham’s appointment to the company. Not only is he the only person to successfully commission and oversee a new polyhalite mine, but he lives and breathes for the local area and its wellbeing.”

It is expected that the mine will create 5000 jobs with 1000 skilled jobs being required for the mining operation itself and a further 4000 being created in the wider economy.