China Africa Resources (CAR) is a Joint Venture Company
between ECE and Weatherly International that has recently
been listed on AIM.
The Board of Directors of the Company consists of the following executive and non-executive Directors:
Mr Xu holds an EMBA from Nanjing University and a doctorate in geophysics and information technology. Mr Xu is a director and chief executive officer of JEC with responsibility for major mining projects and outward investment and Deputy Director General of East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau. In addition, Mr Xu holds directorships with the following companies: JEC, Hong Kong Southwest Gold Inc., Hong Kong East China Non-Ferrous Mineral Resources Co., Ltd, Australian ECE Nolans Investment Ltd. and Globe Metals and Mining Ltd., an ASX listed company.
Mr. Webster is a graduate mining engineer from the University of Sydney. He has over 35 years of experience in the resources industry, including more than 15 years in managing director or chief executive officer positions. Since 2005 Mr. Webster has been chief executive of Weatherly, an AIM listed mining, exploration and development company with a Namibian copper portfolio including two mines at Otjihase and Matchless and three development projects. Between August 2001 and February 2005 Mr. Webster was a senior executive at First Quantum Minerals Ltd ("FQM"), a Toronto Stock Exchange and AIM listed company, developing and operating copper mines in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritania. Between 2000 and 2001, Mr. Webster was a non-executive director of another major Zambian copper producer, Mopani Copper Mines Ltd, in which FQM had a major interest. Prior to his involvement with FQM, he was a founding director and the chief executive officer of an Australian base metals producer, Western Metals Ltd between 1994 and 2000. During his stewardship, the company grew to be one of Australia's largest base metals producers at the time. In his earlier years, he held senior management positions with the global resource companies, Homestake Gold of Australia Ltd (between 1988 and 1993) and BHP Minerals Ltd (between 1980 and 1988). He is a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. At various stages he has been a member of the Executive Committees of both the Australian Minerals Council and the International Zinc Association, and a non-executive director of numerous companies.
Mr. Bryant was appointed to the Board in October 2010. He is the non-executive chairman of Weatherly and the Senior Independent Director of AIM listed Igas plc. Mr. Bryant and was formerly chairman of AIM quoted Gas Turbine Efficiency plc and a board member of Attiki (Athens) Gas Company. Mr. Bryant also served as President of Cinergy Global Resources Corp, responsible for all international business and global renewable power operations of this US-based electricity and gas utility provider. Before joining Cinergy, John's professional experience was gained with Midlands Electricity plc as Executive Director Generation, British Sugar plc, Drexel Limited, BOC Limited and Unilever plc. Mr. Bryant holds an MSc from Reading University and a BA from Nottingham University, and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mr Xie, aged 47, was trained in geological exploration and also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He has worked for more than ten years in the exploration business and is currently Deputy Director General of East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau (ECE) and a director of East China Non-Ferrous Metals Investment Holding Co. Ltd, East China Non-Ferrous Metal Construction Groups and Hong Kong East China Non-Ferrous International Mineral Development Co. Ltd.
Ms Lu has acted is a director of HK ECE where she is responsible for coordinating overseas investment. Prior to this, she worked as a project manager for the World Health Organisation at Geneva University for the Asia area. Ms Lu has considerable academic experience, having worked as an Assistant Professor at Nanjing University from 1997 until 2002 and later having held a position as a Post-doctoral fellow and Assistant Professor at the Karolinska Institute. In addition to her position with HK ECE, Ms Lu is a director of Hong Kong Southwest Gold Inc., which holds a stake in a gold mine in the Yunnan province in PRC. Ms Lu's other directorships include Australian ECE Nolans Investment Ltd., ECE Nolans Investment Pty. Ltd. and Arafura Resources Ltd., an ASX listed company in which ECE has a shareholding. Ms Lu is fluent in English.
Mr Tian holds a masters degree from Nanjing University and an LLM in International Commercial Law from Nottingham University. Since January 2010 he has acted as head of the outward investment division for ECE and previously gained professional experience in a variety of roles working for Jiangsu International Tender Co., Ltd and Jiangsu Trading Centre of Machinery and Electrical Equipment. Mr Tian is a director of Globe Metals and Mining Ltd., an ASX listed company. Mr Tian is fluent in English.
Mr Richards is a graduate of Oxford and Hong Kong Universities and has considerable academic and professional experience in business in China. Since 2010 Mr Richards has been the Group Director for China for De La Rue plc. Prior to this, from 1996 to 2000 he was Director of North East Asian Affairs for Rolls Royce plc, before taking on a combined role as Director of EU relations and Advisor to the chief executive of Rolls Royce China. Mr Richards is a fluent speaker of Chinese who served for 25 years with HM diplomatic service. From 1977-1980 he acted as the official Chinese interpreter to the UK government.
Mr Lewis has over 25 years experience in listed and unlisted companies. He has held a number of board positions as chairman, non-executive director, chief executive officer and finance director both in the UK and abroad with growing mid-market companies. Mr Lewis started as an IT entrepreneur in South Africa, where he co-founded Computer Warehouse and listed it on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He was previously Chairman of Lloyds British Testing Plc and senior non-executive director of Zeehan Zinc limited, a mining exploration company in Tasmania, Australia listed on AIM. He is currently Chairman of Asia Ceramics Holdings Plc an AIM listed company and Zeo Medical Plc. Mr Lewis is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, as well as a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He is a former member of the AIM Advisory Council that advises the London Stock Exchange.