Brian Johnson

Non-executive Chairman

Mr Johnson is a qualified civil engineer with extensive experience in the construction and mining industries in Australia, South East Asia and North America. He has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful public companies including Austral Coal Limited and both Portman Mining Limited and Mount Gibson Iron Limited in the iron ore sector.

He was previously Chairman of South Blackwater Coal Limited and of Linc Energy Limited for nearly five years from its IPO in early 2006.

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Matthew Crawford

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Matt initially joined Australian Char in 2000 and was seconded to work for the Griffin Coal Mining Company in late 2000 working on a variety of projects including trial shipments of coal to export markets, carbonisation and coking trials and evaluation of coal drying technologies and various business development activities associated in the coal sector.

Since 2005 Matt has worked as an engineering consultant and has consulted to various areas of the mining sector via his own consulting company. Between 2006 and 2010 consulted to White Energy Company and played a key role in the commercialisation of the Binderless Coal Briquetting Technology taking lead site based and head office management and commissioning roles for plants both in Australia and Indonesia. Matt is a founding director of Cuesta Coal and is its founding Managing Director. Matt is director of a number of private companies a member of the AusIMM and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ruoshui Wang

Non-Executive Director

Mr Wang is a Senior Executive of Beijing Guoli with 15 years of experience in managing overseas investments in coal, property and agriculture.  He holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Thermal Engineering and has a PhD in Management from Tsinghua University.

Yong Xiao

Non-Executive Director

Mr Xiao is currently a Senior Executive of Hanford Holdings Limited. Hanford Holdings is a Hong Kong based Investment Company focusing on international mining investments, and is a substantial shareholder of Cuesta Coal Limited. Mr Xiao has created a highly successful business including a number of international investments.

Mr Xiao received both his Finance Degree and his Postgraduate Degree in Economic Management from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China.

Guoqiang Luo

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Luo graduated from the University of Mining and Technology, China in 1990 with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting.  He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) ad Certified Tax Agent (CTA) of China.

Mr. Luo is the Assistant General Manager of Beijing Guoli Energy Investment Co., Ltd and has previously held a number of Senior Financial Management roles including Vice General Manager of Finance for the Beijing Energy Real Estate Development Company and Chairman of the Board for Beijing Guo Xing Jia Ye Real Estate Development Company.

Laura Mu

Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary

Ms. Mu graduated with a Masters and Bachelor degree in Atmospheric Science from Nanjing University and is a member of CICPA and an affiliate of ACCA.

Most recently, Ms. Mu held the position of Senior Executive of Beijing Rongda Guoji Investment Co. Ltd, responsible for financial management and reporting, cash flow monitoring, financial budgeting and capital market operation. She was previously an Assurance Senior Manager of Ernst & Young and has 16 years’ experience in accountancy, auditing, internal control and IPO practice in both the Hong Kong and Mainland China Capital markets.