Independent Non-executive Directors
Mr. James Ross Ancell
Mr. James Ross Ancell, aged 59, has been an independent non-executive Director of the Company since April 2004. Mr. Ancell is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from University of Waikato in New Zealand. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and has over 30 years of broad experience in building materials and construction sectors, waste management and recycling business gained from multinational corporations. He is currently the Chairman of Churngold Construction Holdings Limited in the UK, a leading specialist groundworks subcontractor carrying out groundworks and road surfacing, with a separate remediation business, cleaning up sites contaminated by previous industrial activity. He is also a non-executive director of MJ Gleeson Group PLC, a housebuilder and regeneration company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Dr. William Yip Shue Lam, LLD
Dr. William Yip Shue Lam, LLD, aged 75, has been an independent non-executive Director of the Company since December 2004. Dr. Yip is a member of the Audit Committee as well as the Chairman of each of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Concordia University, Canada and is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors. He is the founder and the Chairman of Canada Land Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and engaged in real estate development and tourist attraction business. He is also the Chairman of Cantravel Limited, Guangzhou. Dr. Yip is an independent non-executive director of K. Wah International Holdings Limited. Dr. Yip has been active in public services and is presently a Honorary Standing Committee Member of The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the President of Concordia University Hong Kong Foundation Limited. He also serves on the Board of Governors of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. In addition, Dr. Yip has been elected a Guangzhou Municipal Honorable Citizen.
Professor Patrick Wong Lung Tak, BBS, JP
Professor Patrick Wong Lung Tak, BBS, JP, aged 65, has been an independent non-executive Director of the Company since August 2008. Professor Wong is a member of each of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Practising) in Hong Kong and the Managing Practising Director of Patrick Wong CPA Limited. He has over 30 years experience in the accountancy profession. Professor Wong holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business degree, was awarded a Badge of Honour by the Queen of England in 1993 and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1998. He was also awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR in 2010. He has been appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Accounting and Finance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2002. Professor Wong participates in many types of community services and is holding posts in various organisations and committees in government and voluntary agencies. Professor Wong is an independent non-executive director of China Precious Metal Resources Holdings Co., Ltd., C C Land Holdings Limited, Water Oasis Group Limited, Sino Oil and Gas Holdings Limited, Real Nutriceutical Group Limited, Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Winox Holdings Limited, all of which are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. Professor Wong is also an independent non-executive director of National Arts Holdings Limited (listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange).