Board of Directors
Martin has over 14 years experience as General Manager for mining services companies including bulk and dangerous goods logistics, and drilling services. Martin was the Executive General Manager of the Mitchell Group, a vertically integrated coal and coal seam gas company with investments and operations across Australia, Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the Mitchell Group, Martin was a Director in Mergers and Acquisitions with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Martin was appointed Non-Executive Director in September 2010 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Workpac group.
Martin holds an MBA (International) from the American Graduate School of International Management, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Valuations (FINSIA/Kaplan) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Anthony (Tony) Gilby was awarded a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in Geology from the University of Adelaide in 1984, and also won the University Medal in Geology. He began his career as a geologist for Delhi Petroleum in the Cooper Basin.
He subsequently held a series of positions and with ESSO (after the Delhi acquisition). His roles included exploration geology, geophysics, petrophysics and working in the Exxon Production Research Centre in Houston.
On his return to Australia, he continued to work with ESSO prior to relocating to Brisbane where he worked for MIM Petroleum and the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company (LL&E). In 1996, he left LL&E to take on a variety of consulting roles as well as the acquisition of prospective Queensland acreage in a private capacity. This work culminated with the founding of Sunshine Gas where he remained Managing Director until its sale for $1.1billion in late 2008.
He is a founding director of Tlou Energy and took over the role of MD & CEO in early 2012.
Graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Botswana in 1986 and with a masters degree in groundwater hydrology from the University College of London in 1989.
A highly accomplished former Botswana Government Senior Public Servant with a track record for outstanding results delivery and good leadership qualities. For the last two and half years of his public service career headed the key Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and led it to become the No.1 ministry in terms of performance in the Botswana Public Service. A professional geologist with a high level of knowledge in policy formulation, analysis and implementation in the minerals, energy and water sectors. Oversaw the successful development and implementation of a strategy to overcome Botswana’s worst power crisis between 2008 and 2010 and implementation of a comprehensive review of the water sector institutional framework in Botswana.
Has served in various private company boards such as De Beers, Debswana and DTC in various capacities. Authored two chapters in the Botswana National Atlas and has presented many technical papers at various international conferences. Is a highly skilled public speaker and writer.
Colm Cloonan is the Chief Financial Officer of Tlou Energy Limited. Colm is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) with over 16 years’ experience in various finance roles.
Colm began his career in Ireland working with clients in different industries with a specific focus on the construction industry. He moved to Australia in 2005 and commenced working with an audit and business services firm in Brisbane then later as an independent consultant providing financial and management accounting services. Colm has significant experience working with clients in retail, travel, motor and power generation industries.
Colm joined Tlou in 2009 at the very early stages of the company’s activities and has been with the company through all phases of its operations and development to date. This includes being a key member of the team involved in the company’s successful 2013 ASX listing.
Colm studied accountancy at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland.
Hugh started his career working with Mahon China, an established investment management and advisory partnership based in Beijing. Active in China since 1985, Mahon China have over 3 decades of experience advising foreign companies with investments and corporate activities in China. Hugh has remained a Partner of the firm and now supports UK / EU companies from London looking to expand and find partners in China or increasingly support Chinese companies looking to make investments internationally.
After leaving Mahon China, Hugh spent a decade working for Investment funds and International banks in Hong Kong and Tokyo where he worked for Nomura as well as in London for J P Morgan where he was Vice President.
Since 2010, Hugh has been focused on supporting fast growing UK companies in the low carbon and technology sectors by investing growth capital in Water Powered Technologies Ltd, a leading innovator in zero energy water management systems as well as MWF Ltd, one of the largest suppliers of renewable heat in the UK, which has since been sold to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc. Hugh also helped found a leading technology education company Black Country Atelier Ltd, which provides specialist training courses to students globally in 3D printing (CAM) digital electronics and CAD.
Hugh still travels to China regularly after studying Chinese at Oxford University graduating with a BA Hons.