Directors of the Company
Alasdair Cooke, 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, Energy Ventures Ltd (now Eve Investments Ltd) and Caravel Minerals 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.
Frazer Tabeart, Executive Director and CEO
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.
Valentine Chitalu, 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.