Mabiza Resources Limited and the Munali Nickel Mine is managed by a highly skilled team of professionals with over 60 years of combined experience in the nickel industry.

Valentine Chitula, Chairman

Valentine Chitalu is a Chartered Certified Accountant with experience in the fields of private equity, privatisation, merchant banking, corporate finance and capital markets. Based in Zambia, Valentine has an extensive network of business and government contacts in the region. His career has spanned over 15 years both locally and internationally. He is non-executive director of African Energy Resources and also holds directorships in various private entities. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants (UK) and holds a practicing certificate from the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Matthew Banda, General Manager, Munali Nickel Mine

Matthew Banda is a mining engineer with over 20 years of experience in mining, particularly underground hard rock mining. He joined the management team of the Munali Nickel Mine eight years ago as Senior Mining Engineer and worked in various capacities during the development of Munali Mine before being appointed Executive Director. He is the Vice President of the Zambian Chamber of Mines (elected in 2014) and the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mugoto Foundation Trust.

Simon Purkiss, Director

Simon Purkiss is a metallurgical engineer with experience in the development of projects in South Africa, production in base metals and PGM’s and the development and sale of new metallurgical processes in the resource industry. He was a founder and Managing Director of European Nickel PLC, which developed to full bankable levels, the heap leaching of nickel laterites. Prior to his time with European Nickel, he worked in Russia and South Africa where he was Business Development manager for BHP Billiton and marketed the Billiton bacterial leaching processes.

Craig Bailey, Director

Craig Bailey is a chemical engineer and a chartered engineer with over 16 years of experience across a range of commodities, including copper, cobalt, nickel, lead, zinc, gold, silver, PGM’s, uranium and rare earths. He is a project delivery, business development and operations executive and his experience includes grassroots and brownfield project development, project feasibility, process plant design, business development and project financing.  He has worked on projects on five different continents and has an extensive background of working in developing countries.