Independent Non-executive Directors
Mr. James Ross Ancell
Mr. James Ross Ancell, aged 61, 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 77, 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 the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. Dr. Yip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Concordia University, Canada. He is the founder and the Chairman of Canada Land Limited (“Canada Land”) since 1972. Canada Land engaged in real estate development and tourist attraction business, listed in 1994 on the Australian Stock Exchange and was privatized in May 2013. Dr. Yip remains as the Chairman of the company. Dr. Yip is also an independent non-executive director of K. Wah International Holdings Limited. Save as disclosed herein, he has no previous directorships in other public listed companies in the last 3 years. Dr. Yip was also the chairman of Cantravel Limited, Guangzhou since 1996 and became a director in October 2013. Dr. Yip has been active in public services and has been appointed as an Honorary Standing Committee Member of The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (November 2012 – October 2022) and the President of Concordia University Hong Kong Foundation Limited and Chairman of Board of Governors, Canadian University Association in Hong Kong. He had been the President (1998 – 2000) and currently the member of the Board of Governors of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors. 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 66, 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 40 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. Professor Wong is an independent non-executive director of BAIC Motor Corporation Limited (appointed on 2 December 2014), C C Land Holdings Limited, China Precious Metal Resources Holdings Co., Ltd., Excel Development (Holdings) Limited, Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Holdings Company Limited, National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group Limited, Real Nutriceutical Group Limited, Sino Oil and Gas Holdings Limited, Water Oasis Group Limited and Winox Holdings Limited, all are listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.