BlackEarth Minerals NL (‘BlackEarth’ or ‘the Company’) was incorporated in 2016 when the founding team of mining experts identified a future graphite shortage.
Identifying this shortage in a specific type of high-value graphite, the Team founded BlackEarth Minerals with a strategy centred around flake graphite which is commonly used in Lithium-ion batteries and expandable market.
Since listing publicly on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: BEM) in 2018, BlackEarth’s focus has been identifying, evaluating and, if warranted, acquiring resource projects and assets in Australia and/or overseas that have the potential to add shareholder value by meeting strict criteria formulated from decades of experience in the resources industry and mining in Africa.
Fundamental to the BlackEarth strategy is to identify the right commodity in the right jurisdiction.
Initially, BlackEarth will focus on development of the Maniry and Ianapera projects in southern Madagascar where it will target a maiden JORC resource.
The Company’s board and management are all highly experienced, with broad technical, operational, legal and corporate expertise in mineral exploration, finance, project acquisition, development and operation within listed public companies.
BlackEarth strives to demonstrate the value of good governance by ensuring all its decisions are made in a transparent manner that nurtures public trust and engagement.
Moreover, the Company embraces its corporate and social responsibilities as a minerals explorer and developer by adopting environmentally sound practices.
Finally, BlackEarth is committed to providing practical support for the communities in which it operates, in order to promote lasting economic and social benefits. This approach lies at the heart of BlackEarth’s policy on social and community investment.
MBA, BSc (Metallurgy)
Mr Hearse, one of Australia’s most respected mining professionals, has 40 years’ experience in diverse and challenging projects around the world. His extensive career has taken him from operational and technical support roles at Broken Hill, Bougainville Copper, Queensland Nickel and Gove Alumina to senior executive and managerial positions. Mr Hearse founded and managed Normet Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s major metallurgical and risk companies for 18 years. He also held the key role of Director Advisory with GRD Minproc Ltd (now Amec Foster Wheeler) from 2001 to 2005. Over the past 10 years, he has played a significant role in the development of a number of projects globally, including numerous graphite projects located in both Australia and East Africa.