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Greatland Gold PLC

25 August 2021

25 August 2021


Greatland Gold plc

("Greatland" or the "Company")

Directorate Changes

Establishment of Technical Advisory Committee

Greatland Gold plc (AIM:GGP), a leading development and exploration company with a focus on tier-one gold-copper deposits, announces changes to the Greatland Board of Directors and the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee.

Changes to the Board and establishment of the Technical Advisory Committee enhance the skills and experience required for the Company as it progresses from an explorer, through development and into production. The Company will consider adding to the Board and to the Technical Advisory Committee to further expand the Company's skill sets.

Directorate Changes

Paul Hallam will join the Greatland Board as a Non-Executive Director. Paul is a senior mining industry professional with more than 40 years of Australian and international resource experience across a range of commodities including both surface and underground mining. He has global operational and corporate experience from his executive roles including Director of Operations with Fortescue Metals Group, Executive General Manager of Developments & Projects with Newcrest Mining Limited, Director of Victorian Operations with Alcoa as well as Executive General Manager of Base and Precious Metals at North Ltd. Paul has been a Non-Executive Director on a number of Australian and International listed company boards. His appointment to the Board will take effect from Wednesday, 1 September 2021. Paul will join the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

The Company is pleased to announce that Callum Baxter has been appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee. Mr Baxter will step down from his full time role as Chief Technical Officer and Director of the Company on Tuesday 31 August 2021 and focus on this new initiative.

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee will report to the CEO and provide technical input and enhance the Company's existing capabilities in exploration, resource definition, mine development and ore processing. In addition to Callum Baxter, the Company is pleased to appoint recognised industry experts Stuart Masters, Simon Hanrahan and Dr Ian Ritchie to the Technical Advisory Committee.

Callum Baxter will join the Technical Advisory Committee due to the instrumental role he has played in Greatland's success. After founding the Company in 2005, Callum used his geological and technical expertise to lead a globally recognised exploration programme in the Paterson region of Western Australia. In 2016, Greatland acquired tenements in this region and commenced focussed ground geophysics and data modelling before implementing a targeted four-hole drill program under 400 metres of cover, leading to the discovery of the high grade gold and copper Havieron deposit.

Shaun Day, Chief Executive Officer of Greatland Gold plc , commented: "It is a measure of our growing reputation as a Company that we are able to attract high-quality people to Greatland, and I am delighted to welcome Paul Hallam to our Board as Independent Non-Executive Director. He brings a wealth of senior mining industry expertise and is a great addition to our Board. We look forward to working with him and the new Technical Advisory Committee of Callum Baxter, Stuart Masters, Simon Hanrahan and Dr Ian Ritchie as we move ahead with the development of the world-class Havieron asset.

"Equally, I would like to recognise the significant contribution of Callum Baxter and thank him for his outstanding contribution to Greatland over the past 16 years. Callum had the vision and conviction to lead the discovery of Havieron and he has built an exploration team with the capability to continue pursuing the next generation of tier-one mineral deposits by applying advanced exploration techniques in under-explored regions . I am delighted that Callum has agreed to join the Technical Advisory Committee, and we will continue to benefit from his expertise. "

Callum Baxter, departing Chief Technical Officer of Greatland Gold plc, commented : "I've had a long association with Greatland from inception of the Company through to discovery of the world class Havieron deposit. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with a pool of highly talented people and looking back we have achieved so much together. I would also like to thank many loyal supporters who have enjoyed the journey of exploration and discovery with me because, without their backing, Greatland would not be where it is today. Although I am changing the work balance in my life, I am very pleased to have an ongoing connection with Greatland through the Technical Advisory Committee."

The following information is disclosed pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules:

Mr Paul Duncan Hallam, aged 66, holds or has held the following directorships or partnerships in the past five years:

  Current:                            Previous: 
   Sandfire Resources Ltd, SFR:AX,     Gindalbie Metals Ltd, GBG:AX, 
   May 2013 to present                 December 2011 to July 2019 
   CODA Minerals Ltd, COD:AX,          Altona Mining Ltd, AOH:AX, 
   August 2019 to present              March 2013 to April 2018 

Paul Hallam holds no shares in the Company.

Stuart Masters (MAIG, FAusIMM, GAICD, JOORC, CRIRSCO): Stuart brings 35 years of experience covering exploration, deposit definition, studies, development, mining, closure, investment/divestment in a multitude of countries and in alluvial, open-pit and underground operations at the operational, tactical and strategic level. Stuart has worked with several leading mining companies in Western Australia including Rio Tinto Technical Services as a Principal Consultant and is currently a Director and Principal Consultant at CS-2 Pty Ltd.

Simon Hanrahan (BMinTech, FAusIMM): Simon is a Corporate Consultant at SRK Consulting and brings 35 years international experience leading and managing across the whole resources value chain: feasibility studies, project construction and commissioning, and mine operations. He gained mine management and construction experience in South Africa, Australia, and the USA in gold, coal, base metals, copper, platinum, industrial minerals and diamonds . Simon works globally within SRK, across surface and underground projects and has specialist experience in caving and the transition of open pits to underground caving operations. He is also Chairman of SRK Consulting (Australasia).

Ian Ritchie (AusIMM): Dr Ritchie is an experienced metallurgist and Study Manager particularly on large projects. He has more than 35 years experience working with major mining companies on large projects including Newcrest's Telfer operation. His technical expertise is in comminution, gold and copper metallurgy together with an strong understanding of waste and tailings management.

For further information:

 Greatland Gold PLC                                  +44 (0)20 3709 
  Shaun Day                                           4900 
 SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nominated 
  Adviser)                                           +44 (0)20 3368 
  Andrew Emmott/James Keeshan                         3550 
 Berenberg (Joint Corporate Broker and Financial 
  Adviser)                                           +44 (0)20 3207 
  Matthew Armitt/Jennifer Wyllie/Detlir Elezi         7800 
 Canaccord Genuity (Joint Corporate Broker 
  and Financial Adviser)                             +44 (0)20 7523 
  James Asensio/Patrick Dolaghan                      8000 
 Hannam & Partners (Joint Corporate Broker 
  and Financial Adviser)                             +44 (0)20 7907 
  Andrew Chubb/Matt Hasson/Jay Ashfield               8500 
 SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)                   +44 (0)14 8341 
  Nick Emerson/Alan Gunn                              3500 
 Luther Pendragon (Media and Investor Relations)     +44 (0)20 7618 
  Harry Chathli/Alexis Gore/Joe Quinlan               9100 

Notes for Editors:

Greatland Gold plc (AIM:GGP) is a leading development and exploration company with a focus on tier-one gold-copper deposits. The Company's flagship asset is the world-class Havieron gold-copper deposit in the Paterson region of Western Australia, discovered by Greatland and presently under development in Joint Venture with Newcrest Mining Ltd.

Havieron is located approximately 45km east of Newcrest's Telfer gold mine and, subject to positive decision to mine, will leverage the existing infrastructure and processing plant to significantly reduce the project's capital expenditure and carbon impact for a low cost pathway to development. An extensive growth drilling programme is presently underway at Havieron with a Pre-Feasibility Study due for release in late calendar 2021. Construction of the box cut and decline to develop the Havieron orebody commenced in February 2021.

Greatland has a proven track record of discovery and exploration success. It is pursuing the next generation of tier-one mineral deposits by applying advanced exploration techniques in under-explored regions. The Company is focused on safe, low-risk jurisdictions and is strategically positioned in the highly prospective Paterson region. Greatland has a total six projects across Australia with a focus on becoming a multi-commodity mining company of significant scale.

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