Tony Leach - Director Rock Engineering

M.Sc. (Engineering Geology), Leeds University
1984 B.Sc (Mining Geology), Royal School of Mines
1983 Chamber of Mines Certificate in Rock Mechanics (Hard Rock Tabular Mining)
1986 Chamber of Mines Certificate in Rock Mechanics (Open Pit Mining)
2014 Professional Natural Scientist (Pr Sci Nat) Reg. No. 400047/00

Tony has been involved in the practical application of rock mechanics for over 30 years, initially in deep-level hard rock gold mines, and subsequently on operations and projects at all depths and in many mining types.

Areas of specific expertise includes design of mining layouts, rockbursting and seismicity, stope layout and support systems, tunnel and shaft support systems (bolting, shotcreting, etc.).

He is, or has been, the legally appointed rock engineer on several operations including chromitite open pits, nickel open pits and underground, and underground diamond fissure mines. He has provided the rock engineering component in feasibility studies for new mines in coal, copper, diamonds, platinum and chromitite, both open pits and underground.


Alan Cook - Director Methane & Environment

M.Sc Engineering (Mining) University of Witwatersrand 1999
B.Sc (Hons.) Mining Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, 1983

Alan has 30 years experience in mining, methane and flammable gas, consultancy, projects and research, and is author and co-author of numerous national and international publications. His experience covers in situ and laboratory work, developing testing procedures and methods, explosion and ignition investigations and risk assessment specifically directed at improved mine safety. His Methane Rating system to quantify Methane emissions from coal is used on more than 30 South African collieries.

CV documents are available upon request.


Technical Staff

Latona Consulting employs a number of junior technical staff, comprising geologists and laboratory and field technicians.

Associates: Latona Consulting has a reliable network of associate experts in a range of fields. This has allowed us to build professional teams to complete projects of any magnitude, with appropriate skills to match the problem.

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