Directors – International Base Metals Limited


Mr Hugh Thomas

BA - Grad Dip Corporate Finance
Executive Chairman

Hugh Thomas has had significant experience in the resource 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 has a deep understanding of the complexities that are frequently involved in establishing new projects and in negotiating transactions in culturally diverse jurisdictions.

Mr Thomas 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, Mr Thomas has worked as an independent investment banker and company director, based in Sydney.

Mr Rui Liu

Non-executive Director

Mr Rui Liu is 53 years old and has worked in geology and the mineral industry since his graduation from University. He became the Deputy Director of Heilongjiang Geology Mineral Testing Application Research Institute in 1988 and later went to Botswana as Deputy General Manager of CGC Botswana Co., Ltd. He has been General Manager and Chairman of Heilong Group since 2005. He was formerly a Director of Heilongjiang Longxing International Resource Development Group Co. Ltd. He holds the position of Executive Deputy Chairman of the Heilongjiang Mining Industry Association Association.

Mr Zhehong Luo

Non-executive Director

Mr Luo graduated as a BSc from the University of Warwick in England and on return from England in 2005 he started a real estate business and held the position of President- Executive Director of Hangzhou Hongcheng Real Estate Co. Ltd. In 2009 Mr Luo was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Qinghai West Resources Co. Ltd and Chairman of Qinghai West Rare and Precious Metals Co. Ltd. Under his leadership, these companies have discovered and have developed a number of significant base metal deposits in China.

Mr Qiang Chen

BSc, MSc
(Alternate) Non-executive Director

Mr Luo Zhehong has appointed Mr Chen Qiang as his alternate Director. Mr Chen, a resident of Perth, has extensive experience in international commodities trading and private equity investment. In the 1990s, Mr Chen was the Marketing Manager of China Metallurgical Import and Export Company Australia Pty Ltd (CMIEC).

Mr Chen established PT Group, a specialised global trading house, in 1996 and in a decade has built up the company into a well-known iron ore trading company. In 2002, he established Brown Stone Group, a private equity investment company, with interests in Australia and China.  Since 2006, Mr Chen has been the Managing Director of West Minerals Pty Ltd, a company associated with China’s West Resources Co., Ltd.

Dr Ken Maiden

Executive Director and Chief Geologist
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Dr Ken Maiden is a geologist with more than 40 years’ professional experience. After completing a PhD on the Broken Hill silver-lead-zinc deposit, he worked as an exploration geologist in Australia and Indonesia. Then followed ten years as an academic, mainly at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Returning to Australia, Ken had ten years of mineral exploration experience in northwest Queensland, partly with Mount Isa Mines and partly as a consultant. He then focussed again on southern Africa, establishing a tenement portfolio and exploration programmes for copper in Namibia and Botswana.

Ken is a founding Executive Director of IBML.  He is also a Non-executive Director of Zamia Metals Limited.

Mr Jinhua Wang

BSc, MSc
Non-executive Director

Mr Wang is an engineer with 27 years of experience in China. He has extensive experience in mining project development and marketing. Mr Wang was Senior Engineer and Deputy Director of the Mining Association of Zhejiang Province. He established China’s Kings Resources Group Co., Limited in 2002 and is currently Managing Director.

Mr Wang holds a Bachelor Degree of Mining Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing and a Master of Industrial Engineering from the China University of Mining and Technology.

Mr Xianwu Deng

BSc Mining Engineering
(Alternate) Non-executive Director

Mr Jinhua Wang has appointed Mr Xianwu Deng as his alternate Director.

Mr Deng was born in 1962, and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Science & Technology, Beijing in PR China.  He is also a certified public accountant (CPA) and an economist.  Currently he works as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in China Kings Resources Group Col, Ltd.

Mr Shilai Jiang


Jiang Shilai, is a surveying and mapping engineer.

From 1987 to 1999, worked in Xianlinbu Molybdenum Mine in Hangzhou and from 2000 to 2008, he was engaged in marketing management in Hangzhou Nobel Group Co., Ltd.  responsible for the sales management of the Southwest region of Nobel Group.

From 2009 to present, he has served as executive deputy general manager of Qinghai West Resources Co., Ltd. and Qinghai West Rare and Precious Metals Co., Ltd., engaged in the management of mining enterprises.

Mr John Stone

B Econ
Company Secretary
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John has over 40 years' experience in the Australian and international corporate markets.  He has been a Director and Company Secretary for private and public listed companies.