Mr Alasdair Cooke BSc (Hons), MAIG
Executive Chairman

Mr Cooke has over 27 years’ experience in the resource exploration and mining industry throughout Australia and internationally, initially as part of BHP Minerals Business Development Group and with the last fourteen years managing public resource companies as part of the Mitchell River Group. Mitchell River Group has been responsible for a number of successful mining operations and resource companies developed over the past twelve years, including African Energy Resources Ltd, Exco Resources Ltd, Albidon Ltd, Sally Malay Mining Ltd (now Panoramic Resources Ltd) and Mirabella Nickel Ltd.


Mr Cooke is also a Director of Anova Metals Ltd and Energy Ventures Ltd.


Mr Cooke holds a first-class honours degree in Geology and a bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Western Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. He is an Australian citizen and resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr Frazer Tabeart PhD BSc(Hons) ARSM MAIG
Managing Director

Dr Tabeart has more than 25 years experience in the international resources industry in both exploration and mining projects covering coal, uranium, nickel, copper and gold across five continents.


Since 2005 Dr Tabeart has worked for African Energy developing projects in Zambia and Botswana, prior to which he was a Principal Geoscientist at Western Mining Corporation where he held various positions over the previous 16 years.


Dr Tabeart has a first-class honours degree and PhD from the Royal School of Mines in London and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a British and Australian citizen and resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Mr Bill Fry
Executive Director

Mr Fry has more than 20 years corporate experience across an array of industries including energy, mining, technology and renewables. He has vast experience in project evaluation and development, project funding, management, finance and operations.


Mr Fry has been a Director of African Energy Resources since listing on the ASX in 2007 and is responsible for the Company's commercial and financial business programs. He is also currently a Director of Anova Metals Limited, Energy Ventures Limited and Mitchell River Group.


Mr Fry is an Australian citizen and resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Mr Valentine Chitalu MPhil, BAcc, FCCA
Non-Executive Director

Mr Chitalu has had both an international and local career over a period of fifteen years in the fields of private equity, privatisation, merchant banking, corporate finance, accounting, auditing, development economics, capital markets and business/private sector development in transitional economies. He has a significant interest in private sector development in southern Africa and is extensively networked in the region.


Mr Chitalu has worked for KPMG London, Meridien Financial Services as Manager, Corporate Finance and the Zambia Privatisation Agency (ZPA) as Chief Executive Officer and most recently as Central African Director with CDC (formerly Commonwealth Development Corporation). Whilst at ZPA, he planned and led the privatisation of Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Lunsemfwa Hydro.


Mr Chitalu has been a Non-executive Director of African Energy Resources since listing and has assisted African Energy through his extensive business and Government contacts in the region. He also holds Current Directorships in various private entities.


Mr Chitalu is a Chartered Certified Accountant, Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and holds a practicing certificate from the Zambia Institute of Certified Accountants. He also holds a Master's Degree in Economics, Finance and Politics of Development from Cambridge University as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Zambia. Mr Chitalu is a Zambian national and resides in Lusaka, Zambia.

Mr Phil Clark BEng (Mining), MBA, MAUSIMM, GAICD
Non-Executive Director

Mr Clark has extensive global experience in the coal industry having worked for BHP Billiton for 33 years in various locations and positions including roles as Mine Manager, Production Manager and Strategic Planning Manager within BHP coal operations. Most recently Mr Clark was Vice President of Resource Development for the BHP Billiton Energy Coal group with functional responsibility for major greenfield and brownfield energy coal developments from concept through to execution stage.


Mr Clark holds the following additional positions:


• Executive Director Australia Japan Energy Development
• Non Executive Director City West Water (Melbourne)
• Chair Engineers Without Borders Australia
• Non Executive Director Engineers Without Borders International
• Honorary Chair Melbourne Branch AusIMM


Mr Clarke holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and an MBA from the University of Wollongong. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Engineers without Borders Australia. He is an Australian citizen and resides in Melbourne, Victoria.

Mr Ian Hume
Non-Executive Director

Mr Hume's career in the resources industry stretches back several decades, primarily in the fields of managed fund investments, capital raising and project development. In early 2000, Mr Hume became a Founding Partner of The Sentient Group, an independent private equity investment firm specialising in the resources sector which now has investments and commitments totalling in excess of US$2.5b. Sentient’s current investment portfolio includes projects in power generation, energy storage, potash, and base, precious and ferrous metals mining. Prior to co-founding The Sentient Group, Mr Hume was a consultant to AMP’s Private Capital Division, focusing on international resources and telecommunications strategies. He also managed a privately controlled investment company, Devipo, and was a Director of an international investment company, Impala Pacific.


Since his retirement from The Sentient Group in 2008, Mr Hume has been an independent advisor to the Fund. He currently sits on the Boards of Silver City Mines, Golden Minerals and Iron Road.


Mr Hume was educated in England and France. He is a British and Australian citizen and resides in Sydney, New South Wales.

Mr Wayne Trumble
Non-Executive Director

Mr Trumble has 35 years’ experience in the electricity industry, specifically in the areas of project development, financing and construction.


For the twelve years to 2013, Mr Trumble was the Executive General Manager of Griffin Power Pty Ltd, reporting to the Board of the Griffin Group, where he led Griffin’s move from fuel supplier to electricity generator. He was responsible for preparation of strategy and the development, execution and operation of Griffin’s $1.2 billion Bluewaters coal fired project, providing 436 MW of base load power in Western Australia. Mr Trumble led the team responsible for all aspects of the project development and construction including all required environmental approvals, negotiations of turn-key EPC contract, off take contracts, grid interconnection and approval of project financing to a level of $1.0 billion.


Prior to working at Griffin, Mr Trumble was the Managing Director of TransAlta Energy where he was responsible for the commissioning and operation of the 105MW Parkeston Power Station at Kalgoorlie.


Mr Trumble is currently also a Director for renewable energy service provider, Energy Made Clean, and energy focussed consultancy firm, Balance Resources.


Mr Trumble is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario. He is a past member of the Resource and Energy Committee of the Chamber of Mines and Energy and is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a committee member of the Perth Chapter of the Australian Institute of Energy. He is a Canadian and Australian citizen and resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Mr John Dean
Non-Executive Director

Mr Dean has worked for First Quantum Minerals since 2011 during which time he has fulfilled various roles within their mining operations, including their flagship mine in Zambia, Sentinel Copper Mine. Prior to joining FQM, Mr Dean worked as an Analyst in the energy and natural resource industries, possessing expertise in the valuation and commercial analysis of upstream oil and gas projects, as well as in electricity, natural gas, and crude oil markets.


Mr Dean will lead the team responsible for the development of power generation projects at the Sese Coal & Power Project under the recently signed joint venture between African Energy Resources and First Quantum Minerals Ltd.


Mr Dean graduated with honours from the University of Louisville in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was later awarded an MBA, with distinction, from the University of Oxford. He is an American citizen and resides in Kalumbila, Zambia.

Mr Yan Zhao
Alternate Director to Mr Ian Hume

Mr Zhao is an employee of Sentient Group where he has worked as part of the investment team since 2008. Prior to joining Sentient, Mr Zhao worked at Actis Capital in London, where he supported and worked on a wide range of investments with a special focus on natural resources. Prior to this, Yan was an auditor in KPMG, involved in due diligence work on several Chinese companies listed in Hong Kong.

 

Mr Zhao holds a Master in Finance from London Business School and a BSc in Economics from University of International Business and Economics in China. Yan has the certificate of CGA-Canada, ACCA and CFA level III candidate.