Gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation, which owns and operates the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, has appointed Geralda Wildschutt as independent nonexecutive director with effect from February 23.
Caledonia chairperson Leigh Wilson says Wildschutt has significant experience of working in Africa, as well as in the fields of sustainability and community engagement which are both central to the company’s vision of being a socially responsible business.
“Her expertise will prove invaluable and my fellow board members and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Wildschutt has 25 years’ experience of working in social development and stakeholder management in the fields of social performance, community relations in mining operations and financial services. She has also worked for industry bodies focused on responsible mining.
Over the past five years, she has been a consultant to Anglo American, Gold Fields, Ivanhoe Mines and South32, on a range of social performance areas, including social investment; environment, social and corporate governance compliance; human rights and social impact assessments; strengthening of community trusts; and capacity building and systems development.
Prior to these positions, she held senior management roles in social performance and sustainability at a number of companies, including Gold Fields and Anglo American.
Wildschutt holds a Master of Business Administration from the Business School of the Netherlands, a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Western Cape.