WOODLARK Island gold explorer Geopacific Resources Limited has appointed Philippa Leggat to the position of Executive Director Corporate.

Ms Leggat has been advising Geopacific since May 2015. She played an integral role in structuring and negotiating the innovative and flexible deal structure for the earn-in Joint Venture of the Woodlark Gold Project with Kula Gold Limited.

This project has the potential to rapidly move Geopacific into a significant gold production company.

Ms. Leggat has extensive experience in corporate mining roles and also brings a new perspective to the Board having worked in several other industries where she has achieved successful corporate outcomes. Clients in the resource sector include MMG, Anglo-Gold Ashanti, Anglo Platinum and Xstrata.

She is a corporate advisor and company director with over 15 years of experience in assisting international organisations that operate in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. She has a strong background in corporate governance and finance and a practical understanding of the issues faced by developedworld businesses operating in emerging economies.

Her experience covers; negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, defining and executing business improvement strategies.

She  has provided these services to private, listed and public organisations across range of sectors from information technology and telecommunications to finance, real estate and mineral resources.

Ms. Leggat holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Risk & Strategic Management, a Bachelor of Arts and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Ms. Leggat was previously a Non-Executive Director of Parker Resources NL.

“Philippa has played an invaluable role in Geopacific acquiring the Woodlark Gold Project. She brought a new approach to the structure of the transaction and played a central role in negotiating this to conclusion.

Woodlark brings significant value to the Geopacific portfolio by placing the company within line-of-sight to production,” Geopacific managing director Ron Heeks said

““Philippa brings a fresh perspective to the Board and we look forward to her continued contribution.”

Ms. Leggat will continue to work alongside managing director, Ron Heeks, defining and delivering Geopacific’s corporate strategy, business development and related finance requirements. Ms. Leggat will also be responsible for government relations with the PNG, Fiji and Cambodian governments to ensure the smooth progression of licences and approvals required to advance projects into production.