Directors & Management


Dennis J Morton
BA (Hons Geology), (Macquarie University)
Non-Executive Chairman – appointed on 17 December 2010
Dennis Morton was co-founder and until late in 2007 Managing Director of Eastern Star Gas Limited. He is presently the managing director of Gas2Grid Limited, an oil and gas exploration company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

He has extensive experience in the management of oil and gas exploration entities. He was previously in senior executive positions with a number of Australian and foreign owned companies. He was a director of Orion Petroleum Limited (now Petrel Energy Limited) from July 2007 to June 2011.

Edward P Ambler
BSc (Hons), (Univ. of NSW), PhD, (Macquarie University)
Non-Executive Director – appointed on 17 December 2010
Ted Ambler was the Managing Director of the Company since its formation until his change of responsibilities to Non-Executive Director on 4 July 2016. He co-founded the private company Mining Tenement Management Pty Ltd that discovered mineral deposits and developed four small mining operations in NSW.

He is experienced in establishment and management of small to medium sized non-metallic mining operations. He previously held a senior executive position in the mining division of Hooker Corporation. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a retired Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying Australia.

Hugh I Thomas
BA, Grad Dip Finance, MAICD
Non-Executive Director – appointed on 4 July 2016
Hugh Thomas has significant experience in the resources sector as a company director, senior financial executive and investment banker working throughout the Asian region including China as well as parts of Africa. He was based in Hong Kong for several years in senior positions with JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, returning to Australia in 2011 to take up a senior position with South African investment bank, Investec, in Sydney. Since 2014 he has worked as an independent investment banker and company director based in Sydney. He is currently chairman of International Base Metals Limited.

Aidong Yang
Non-Executive Director – appointed on 4 July 2016
Since graduation, Aidong Yang has had extensive experience in mining operations and mine development. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of Heilong Mining Group, General Manager of Baoshan Mining Ltd (Heilong’s subsidiary), and General Manager of Tongshan Mining Ltd (Heilong’s subsidiary).


Jordan G Li
Chief Executive Officer
Jordan G Li is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and General Manager Commercial at International Base Metals Limited in Sydney. He has over 23 years of commercial and senior executive experience in public and private sectors. His previous positions have included CEO of ASX listed Zamia Metals Limited, Strategy Manager at Fairfax Media, senior management roles at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia and the Chinese Consulate-General in Perth.
Jordan holds a BA degree from Shandong University (China) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New South Wales.

Patrick W V M Sam Yue
CA, FCIS, F Fin.
Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Sam Yue is a Chartered Accountant who had several years’ experience in international accounting and finance working in the United Kingdom, Africa and the Middle-East before he joined the finance industry in Australia in 1985 prior to moving to the resources industry. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial and corporate management in Australia having held senior executive and company secretary positions with ASX listed entities in the oil and gas and minerals industry.

He was a non-executive director of the Company from its formation on 17 December 2010 until 4 July 2016. He is currently a director and company secretary of Gas2Grid Limited and is a former executive director of Ord River Resources Limited. He is also a former non-executive director of Jupiter Mines Limited and Premium Exploration Inc.

Ramon Atayde
B Engineering (Mining)
Chief Operating Officer
Ramon Atayde is a mining engineer with over 26 years’ experience in various senior management and production roles in the mining and extractive industry in Australia and South East Asia. He attended the Colorado School of Mines in 1983 and graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1987. He has been consulting to the Company as Project Manager responsible for the processing plant construction and underground access preparation until his recent appointment as Chief Operating Officer.

Brett Hampel
Mine Manager