Our Management Team

We are a Virginia company with roots running deep into Virginia history and environmental stewardship. The Coles Family and the Bowen Family, the largest shareholders in our company, have lived on the Coles Hill uranium site in Southside Virginia for generations. All of our full-time employees have firm ties to Southside Virginia, and, during our four years in business, we have worked earnestly to patronize Virginia companies in everything we’ve done. Our families—including parents, siblings, children, grandchildren—all have a stake in seeing that Virginia Uranium never strays from its abiding respect for Southside’s economic progress, as well as its role as a leader in environmental stewardship.

As Virginians, we are committed to bringing the best and brightest of this region into the sphere of economic energy generated by the development of our company’s resources. To that end, we have assembled a talented managerial and technical team with strong roots in Southside Virginia.

Walter Coles – President and CEO
During his 30-year career as an economic-development officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Coles worked on economic development initiatives all over the world. Before that, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army for two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medals. Since retirement, Mr. Coles has devoted himself full-time to the cattle and grain business he owns and operates on the Coles Hill property where he was born. He earned his B.S. at the Citadel and is a licensed commercial pilot. 

Walter Coles, Jr. – Executive Vice President
From 1999 through 2005, Mr. Coles worked as a research analyst at UBS Investment Bank, covering companies in multiple sectors. Thereafter, he was an equity and high-yield bond analyst with Cadence Investment Partners, a New York based, event-driven hedge fund. A native of Chatham, Virginia, he holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Richmond.


Patrick Wales – Geologist, Project Manager
As the former manager of environmental services for the Danville, Virginia, office of Dewberry & Davis, Inc., Mr. Wales oversaw all aspects of project management, including marketing, budgeting, proposal preparation, hiring and implementation of projects. He is project manager and chief spokesman for Virginia Uranium and handles media and government relations. Patrick lives down the street from his childhood home in Danville, Virginia, and holds a B.S. in geology from Radford University and an M.S. in geology from the University of Mississippi.


Nina Beth Thornton – Controller
For nearly two decades, Ms. Thornton served as treasurer of ProMark Utility Locators, Inc., a national underground utility locating firm. From 2005 to 2007, she managed the administrative and financial duties of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative in Southside Virginia. Ms. Thornton has a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an A.A. from Peace College.


Frances Haley – Executive Assistant
Ms. Haley, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, has performed and coordinated administrative office activities for several years. Currently, she handles a wide variety of confidential administrative-support functions. Ms. Haley has an A.S. from Danville Community College.