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Kenmare Resources plc ("Kenmare" or "the Company")

 14 October 2016                                                                                                                                

Board Update

Kenmare Resources plc is pleased to announce that Mr. Tim Keating and Mr. Graham Martin have been appointed as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.  Mr. Martin has also agreed to take on the role of chair of the Board's remuneration committee from Ms. Elizabeth Headon, who will remain a member of the remuneration committee.

Mr. Tim Keating was nominated as a Non-Executive Director by African Acquisitions Sarl in accordance with the Subscription and Relationship Agreement entered into on 18 June 2016 by African Acquisitions and Kenmare, pursuant to which African Acquisitions became Kenmare's largest shareholder. He is Head of Mining Investment Private Equity at the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), a sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman. Mr. Keating joined SGRF in 2015 from Madini Mineral Resources, where he was head of new business development and responsible for identifying, negotiating and structuring acquisitions and investments in private and listed companies. Prior to Madini, he was CEO of African Nickel Limited (2010-2013), where he grew the business through various transactions and fund raisings. He also worked at Investec Bank for the Commodities and Resource Finance Team (2004-2010), and in the Black Mountain Mine owned by Anglo American plc, in South Africa.

Mr. Graham Martin is an experienced natural resources executive and brings a wealth of relevant expertise having served as an executive director, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Tullow Oil plc, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the London, Irish and Ghanaian Stock Exchanges.  From 1997 until 2016, Mr. Martin was heavily involved in the growth of Tullow into a FTSE100 business, and in the company's active M&A programme, including the US$2.9 billion disposal of assets in Uganda. Prior to Tullow, Mr. Martin was a partner at the US energy law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP, having started his legal career in Scotland.

Following the successful completion of the recapitalisation of Kenmare in July 2016, Mr. John Ensall, who was appointed as the Lender Approved Non-Executive Director in July 2015, has stepped down from the Board with immediate effect.

Commenting on the Board changes, Steven McTiernan, Chairman of Kenmare said:
"As the Company looks forward, we welcome the inclusion of both Tim and Graham to the Board of Kenmare. They provide considerable industry experience, a deep understanding of operating in Africa and top level governance experience. We look forward to working with them both.  

I would also like to thank John for his invaluable contribution during his tenure as Lender Appointed Non-Executive Director. He played a significant and pivotal role in the execution of Kenmare's refinancing, and we wish him well in his future endeavours."

There are no further details in respect of Mr. Keating or Mr. Martin requiring disclosure under UK Listing Rules 9.6.13(2) to 9.6.13(6) inclusive.

For further information, please contact:

Kenmare Resources plc
Michael Carvill, Managing Director                                    
Tel: +353 1 671 0411                                                             
Mob: + 353 87 674 0110                                                      

Tony McCluskey, Financial Director
Tel: +353 1 671 0411                                                             
Mob: + 353 87 674 0346

Jeremy Dibb, Corporate Development and Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +353 1 671 0411
Mob: + 353 87 943 0367

Joe Heron / Aimee Beale                                                       
Tel: +353 1 498 0300                                                             
Mob: +353 87 690 9735                                                       

Bobby Morse / Chris Judd
Tel: +44 207 466 5000

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