Directors and Management


UK Representatives, Exploration, Mining and Corporate Experience

Chief Executive Officer
Alistair Muir
Mr Muir has a wealth of both operational and emerging markets experience, including significant on the ground experience in Tanzania. He has over 25 years operational experience mainly working in the coal (both thermal and coking), uranium and iron ore sectors. He has extensive expertise in open-pit mine development, project evaluation and exploration, particularly in the integrated coal and power generation setting.

In recent times Mr Muir has predominantly operated in emerging markets, as well as Tanzania he has worked in Turkey and Central Asia. Previous roles include General Manager of UraniumSA; Managing Director and Director of Celsius Coal Ltd, an ASX listed Company where he participated in the restructuring of the company to Celsius Resources as it migrated its operations into the battery minerals sector; and Chief Representative for Europe & the Middle East of Azarga Resources Ltd where he led project teams to evaluate new projects within the region.

Alistair is responsible for the daily operation and directing management of the Company.

Non Executive Chairman
Dr Jeffrey Malaihollo
Jeffrey has a PhD in Geology and over 22 years’ experience in varied roles within resource and finance having worked and consulted for Newcrest Mining, Rio Tinto, Billiton and Loeb Aron Financial Advisors. This was followed by several years of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director roles with AIM-listed Central China Goldfields and Bullabulling Gold and ASX-listed Arc Exploration. He is a non-executive director of TSXV-listed Copper Lake Resources Ltd as well as several other private companies in the resources sector.

He is a Fellow of the AusIMM, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a member of the Geological Society of America and a member of the Association of Mining Analysts.

As a Chairman Jeff is responsible to lead the Board and determine the strategic direction of the Company, review performance of the management and ensure that the Company complies with the relevant rules and regulations. In addition he is responsible to ensure that the Company complies with the QCA Code for Corporate Governance,

Non Executive Director
Nicholas von Schirnding
Nick has over 25 years' experience in mining and natural resources, including strategic development, M&A, restructuring, driving operational change and the UK regulatory framework.

Nick is Executive Chairman of Arc Minerals plc, a London listed mining group with interests in Africa. Nick is also Chairman of Fodere Group, a private company that has developed environmentally sustainable technology to extract high value minerals from ore. In addition, Nick is a Non-Executive Director of Jangada Mines plc, which is also listed in London.

Previously Nick was CEO of Asia Resource Minerals plc (formerly Bumi plc), a FTSE listed mining company and was instrumental in successfully restructuring their 25mtpa open pit coal mining operations. Nick was also deputy chairman of Berau Coal, Indonesia's fourth largest listed coal company. Prior to this Nick held senior roles at both Anglo American plc and De Beers.

As a non-executive director, Nick is responsible to give input concerning the strategic direction of the Company, review performance of the management and ensure that the Company complies with the relevant rules and regulations.

Non Board

Company Accountant (Non-Board)
Rakesh Patel
Over 21 years as a Chartered certified accountant ; extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers, divestments and acquisitions, private placing and stock market flotation. Acted in over 30 AIM admissions and transactions. Interim / part-time Director to private and public companies. Corporate finance partner at Adler Shine LLP, a London based firm of Chartered Accountants.

Consultant (Non-Board)
Arun Srivastava
Arun has a rich and varied work experience of more than 40 years in the power industry, spread across turnkey development and operation of power plants, acquisition of fuel sources and liaison with regulators and representing industry and completing management of large size coal and gas based power projects.

Arun served as Managing Director and CEO of Essar Power Limited for 10 years until 2009 during a 19 year career with the company. At the time of his leaving, Essar Power, the power generation arm of Essar Group, operated five power plants with a combined capacity of 1,200 MW across three locations in India and was expanding its generation capacity to 6,000 MW. With in-house mining operations and licenses for power transmission and trading, the company was a fully integrated, end-to-end player within the power sector.

Prior to his role at Essar, Arun spent 13 years (1977-1990) at NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company with a current installed capacity of 45,000 MW plus coal-based and gas-based plants located across the country. Arun was responsible for preparing detailed project reports and implementation of various engineering aspects of these power projects. Key responsibilities included analysing coal properties for suitable selection of technology, including various types of boilers and coal and ash handling systems.

Arun currently acts as an independent consultant in the power sector and has advised companies both in India and abroad, as an Independent Director on the Board of Prolec-GE, Promoted Indo Tech Transformer Ltd (a publicly listed company in India), Evonik Energy Services(I) Pvt Ltd (Indian Consultancy subsidiary of Evonik Group, Germany), Smart Power Group, a US based group engaged in renewable energy technologies and Enam Holdings Pvt Ltd, the investment arm of Enam Group with large proprietary capital invested across companies/sectors.