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Firestone Diamonds - Directorate Change

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Firestone Diamonds PLC
01 May 2015

1 May 2015


Firestone Diamonds plc

("Firestone" or the "Company") (AIM: FDI)


Directorate Change


Firestone Diamonds plc, the AIM-quoted diamond development company, is pleased to announce, effective today, the appointment of Mr. Keith Johnson to Firestone's Board of Directors (the "Board"), as a Non-executive Director.


Keith joins the Board as the nominated Non-executive Director of Resource Capital Fund VI L.P., one of the Company's major shareholders.


Lucio Genovese, Chairman of Firestone commented:


"On behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome Keith to the Company. Keith brings with him a vast amount of experience in the mining sector, which further strengthens the Board as we develop the Liqhobong Mine into a top tier global diamond mine."


Further information


Keith Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector, 18 of which were in the mining industry where he held various senior positions within Rio Tinto plc ("Rio"), including on its Executive Committee from 2003 to 2009. From 2003 to 2007, Keith had overall responsibility for Rio's global diamond business which accounted for over US$1billion in revenue and operated across three continents. In 2007, Keith was appointed Head of Business Resources, where he was part of the team responsible for the integration of Alcan Inc., following its acquisition in October 2007. Prior to joining Rio, he worked in analytical roles in the UK Treasury, private consulting and the oil industry.


In January 2010, Keith joined FTSE 250 Oil & Gas Company, BG Group plc ("BG Group"), as General Manager of Strategy and Portfolio Development. Whilst at BG Group, Keith was responsible for formulating and communicating BG Group's strategy both internally and externally.


Keith holds an MBA in Finance and a BSc degree in Mathematics and Operational Research and is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.


The following additional information is provided in accordance with paragraph (g) of Schedule Two Part to the AIM Rules for Companies ("AIM Rules"):


Keith Brian Johnson (aged 53)


Current Directorships

Past Directorships within the last five years

The Bread Tin

Soul Survivor Trading Limited

Soul Survivor


There is no other information that is required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph (g) of Schedule Two to the AIM Rules.





For more information contact


Firestone Diamonds plc

+44 (0)20 8741 7810

Stuart Brown

Strand Hanson Limited (Nomad)

+44 (0)20 7409 3494

Stuart Faulkner

Richard Tulloch

James Dance

GMP Securities Europe LLP (Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7647 2800

Richard Greenfield

Alexandra Carse

Mirabaud Securities LLP (Joint Broker)

Rory Scott

+44 (0)20 7878 3360

Ed Haig-Thomas

+44 (0)20 7878 3447

Tavistock (Public and Investor Relations)

+44 (0)20 7920 3150

Jos Simson

+44 (0)7788 554 035

Emily Fenton


Background information on Firestone


Firestone is an international diamond development company with operations focused on Lesotho. Firestone is currently in the process of developing the Liqhobong Mine Development Project in Lesotho to become a plus one million carat per annum producer.


Lesotho is emerging as one of Africa's significant new diamond producers, and hosts Gem Diamonds' Letseng Mine, Firestone's Liqhobong Mine, as well as Namakwa Diamonds' Kao Mine and the Mothae development project.


For more information please visit: www.firestonediamonds.com.

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