Canadian mineral development company company First Phosphate said it appointed Isobel Sheldon to its advisory board.
The company said Sheldon is a 20-year veteran of the lithium-Ion battery industry and has an OBE for long service to electric vehicle (EV) battery development.
Some years ago, she was ranked 37th in OutAtWork top 50 LGBT executives in the UK. She has held senior strategy, technical, business and executive roles with Britishvolt, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Cummins Electrified Power and Johnson Matthey.
She is also a trustee of the Faraday Institution. In May, she formed her consultancy firm Oakpolytech following her departure from Britishvolt, where she was in charge of strategy. It went bust in January.
John Passalacqua, CEO of First Phosphate, said: “It is rare to meet individuals with such passion for their profession and, as such, Isobel adds a great splash of dynamism to our team along with her extensive global network of specialists.”
Sheldon said: “The establishment of domestic supply chains for the growing battery industry in the Western world is of critical importance to our economies to ensure that the megatrend in the de-carbonisation of transportation is supplied in an efficient and environmentally responsible fashion.”
First Phosphate has over 1,500 sq. km of land claims in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, that it is actively developing. Its properties generally yield high purity phosphate concentrate devoid of high concentrations of deleterious heavy metals, it said.
It extracts and purifies phosphate to produce cathode active material for the lithium iron phosphate battery industry.