Fiona Hick joins Evolution Mining board in first appointment since Fortescue fiasco

Adrian Rauso
The Nightly
In a statement to the ASX Fiona Hick said she was “thrilled” to join the Evolution board.
In a statement to the ASX Fiona Hick said she was “thrilled” to join the Evolution board. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Fiona Hick has joined the board of Evolution Mining, marking her first public role since leaving Fortescue following a short and dramatic tenure as its chief executive.

The copper and gold producer appointed Ms Hick as a non-executive director and member of the risk and sustainability committee, effective from Monday.

In a statement to the ASX Ms Hick said she was “thrilled” to join the Evolution board.

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“Having recently accompanied the Evolution Board on a visit to the Cowal and Northparkes operations, it has reinforced my view of the quality of the people and assets within the Company. I’m thrilled to be joining the board and supporting Evolution’s exciting future,” she said.

The high-flying Ms Hick shocked investors and the resources industry with her decision to walk away from leading Fortescue in August last year. She was in the job for less than six months.

The news of her Fortescue departure broke less than 48 hours after she helped Fortescue founder Andrew Forrest celebrate his company’s 20-year anniversary on site in the Pilbara.

Mr Forrest, Fortescue’s executive chairman, has suggested the sudden departure of Ms Hick may have been related to a difference of opinion on the green direction of the iron ore miner.

Speaking days after Ms Hick’s departure Mr Forrest said staff had the choice to “get off the bus” if their views were not aligned with Fortescue’s ambition to turn itself into a hydrogen superpower.

“What we have now is literally a galloping herd of people who want to see this company go green, so if you want to step outside that you’re given a choice . . . step back in or you call it,” Mr Forrest said at the time.

“All I’m saying is Fiona was given the choice and she made her own decision.”

Ms Hick has not commented publicly on her departure.

She has held senior roles with Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy over a 29-year career in the resources industry.

Ms Hick was also president of the West Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy between 2021 and 2023.

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