Mongolian-focused coking coal explorer Aspire Mining has appointed Andrew Edwards and Mark Read as non-executive directors of the company.

Andrew Edwards is a recently retired senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He had a distinguished career with PwC spanning 35 years in Perth, Auckland and Sydney, and served as managing partner of the Perth practice for five years and led the Perth advisory business. He is a past national vice president of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and past president of the Western Australian division of that institute.

Andrew Edwards serves as a non-executive director of Mermaid Marine Australia, Nido Petroleum and is non-executive chairman of MACA Ltd. He is also a past director of Calibre Global.

Mark Read is the immediate past CEO and managing director of ASX-listed coal engineering and technology company Sedgman. While at Sedgman, he was responsible for an overseas expansion strategy that led Sedgman to position itself in emerging high-grade coal regions including Mongolia and Mozambique. Prior to his appointment as chief of Sedgman, he was general manager of mining and metals, and executive director of engineering services firm Sinclair Knight Merz, where he was employed for 20 years.

Aspire also announces the resignation from the Board of Russell Lynton-Brown, who has served as a non-executive director of Aspire since 2006 and was involved in Aspire’s acquisition of the flagship Ovoot Coking Coal Project.

Aspire’s chairman David McSweeney says the change in the Board’s composition is a natural evolution for the company: “We welcome the appointments of Andrew Edwards and Mark Read to the Aspire Board. Both are leaders in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company, which will help guide us through our next exciting growth phase as we move from an explorer to a mining company.

“I and the rest of the Aspire Board sincerely thank Russell for his involvement in the company's significant development over the last five years.”

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