Pilbara Minerals boss Ken Brinsden’s ‘fortuitous’ leap from iron ore to lithium


Ken Brinsden, did not have to travel very far to be at the forefront of Western Australia’s emergent lithium industry.

As chief executive of Pilbara Minerals, Brinsden is in charge of bringing the large Pilgangoora lithium deposit in Western Australia’s Pilbara region into production.

But in an unusual coincidence, Pilgangoora is flanked by two of the iron ore mines that were under his watch in his previous role as managing director of Atlas Iron.

“I pinched myself actually when I first started travelling up with Pilbara and, standing on the top of the hill at Pilgangoora, I could see Abydos and I could see Wodgina,” Brinsden tells AFR Weekend.


Ken is a WASMA council member and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee

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