Appointment of James Cross as Chairman and Tim Wadeson as Non-Executive Director

09.12.2004

Highland Gold (HGM.L), the AIM quoted Russian gold producer, today announces the appointment of Mr James Cross as Chairman. James Cross (56) was previously Senior Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and has been on the Board of Highland Gold since it floated on AIM in December 2002. He succeeds Lord Daresbury who has been Chairman since May 2002 and who retires from the Board of Highland Gold today.

Highland Gold is also pleased to announce the appointment, as of today, of Mr Tim Wadeson (68) as a Non-executive Director. Tim Wadeson has spent his career in the mining industry. Most recently he was Group Technical Director and Executive Director of Anglo American plc and then Chief Executive of Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia until the end of 2001.

Commenting on today’s appointments, Lord Daresbury said:“After two and a half years chairing Highland Gold and seeing it through its early years as a public company, I believe the time is now right for new leadership. We are privileged that somebody of the stature and experience of James Cross has agreed to take over from me. I am also delighted that Tim Wadeson is joining the Board.”

James Cross said:“Under Peter’s Chairmanship Highland Gold has been successfully floated on AIM and further developed its world class assets with the acquisitions of Mayskoye and Taseevskoye. On behalf of the Board, I thank him for all his work and wish him the best as he departs to pursue his other business interests.”

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Notes to editors:

James Cross

James Cross (56) has been a Non-executive Director of Highland Gold since the company was incorporated in 2002. He graduated from the faculty of commerce at the University of Witwatersrand. He has been involved in banking since 1968. Appointed head of trading for UBS in London in 1985, he returned to South Africa in 1987 as General Manager of the South African Reserve Bank, responsible for marketing all of South Africa’s gold production. He became deputy governor in 1997 and senior deputy governor in 1999. Since retiring from the bank he has pursued various consultancy roles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa.

Tim Wadeson

Tim Wadeson (68) has held a variety of senior mining positions. He was Technical Director, Anglo Zimbabwe 1980-1985; Deputy Technical Director (Mining) Anglo American Corp. from 1985-1989; Technical Director, Minorco 1989-1994; Group Technical Director and Executive Director, Anglo American Corp. & AA plc; CEO, Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia 2000-2001. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ridge Mining plc, Cluff Gold plc, Bindura Nickel Corp, Trojan Nickel Mine Ltd and BSR Ltd. Previous Directorships in the past 5 years were Anglo American plc, Anglo American Corp of South Africa, Anglo American Coal Corp, Anglo American Corp of South America, Anglo American Corp of Zimbabwe, Anglo Gold, Palaborwa Mining Co Ltd, Cleveland Potash Ltd, Shaft Sinkers Ltd, Avgold Ltd (from all of which he retired in December 1999) and Konkola Copper Mines PLC (from which he retired in December 2001).

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