John Croft, Executive Chairman
Mr. Croft is an experienced director of Alternative Investment Market ("AiM") quoted companies and has previously worked in executive and non-executive capacities with a number of fast growth companies in the technology, financial services sectors and resources sectors.
He has extensive experience in Asia having served on Boards of companies based in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Australia which have been listed on the London Stock Exchange.
He is also a non-executive Director of Golden Rock Global PLC., a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and non-executive Director at Brazilian Nickel Ltd which is developing a Nickel and Cobalt project in North Eastern Brazil.
Previously John held senior Director level positions at Racal Electronics and NCR Corporation following an early career in Banking with HSBC and Citibank.
Hugh Viscount Trenchard, Non-Executive Director
Viscount Trenchard began his career at Kleinwort Benson in 1973 and has more than 40 years' experience in investment banking, including 35 years of involvement with Japan and 12 of them as a resident. He ran Kleinwort Benson's Japanese operations for 11 years, and was Head of Japanese Investment Banking with Robert Fleming & Co. Limited, before working with Mizuho International plc for 6 years. He served as a Senior Adviser for Japan and Korea to Prudential Financial, Inc. from 2002 to 2008.
He is also currently Chairman of the investment company Stratton Street PCC Limited, whose funds include the Renminbi Bond Fund managed by Stratton Street Capital LLP. He has also been a consultant to Simon Robertson Associates LLP since March 2013.
Lord Trenchard is a member of the House of Lords and a Vice-Chairman of the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group.
Dr. Lee George Lam, Non-Executive Director
Dr. Lee George Lam is the Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and the Non-Executive Chairman of Macquarie Bank's Infrastructure and Real Assets business in the Hong Kong and ASEAN region. He is also a Member of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization, the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, the Council on Professional Conduct in Education (CPC), and the Court of the City University of Hong Kong. Currently, Dr. Lam serves as the Vice Chairman of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Business Advisory Council and Chairman of its Task Force on Banking and Finance. Furthermore, he is the Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Economic and Financial Issues for the World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME).
Dr. Lam also maintains a keen interest in developing business links across the Asia-Pacific region. To this end, he is a Board Member of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, a Board Member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau, a founding Board Member and the Honorary Treasurer of the Hong Kong-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, a Founding Member of the Hong Kong-Korea Business Council, and finally, a Member of the Hong Kong-Thailand Business Council.
Dr. Lam is a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of CMA Australia.
Stuart crocker, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Crocker was in the British Army and served in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Germany until 1985. On leaving, he began his career in banking at Merrill Lynch and has lived in the Middle East for over 20 years. Latterly he became the CEO HSBC Private Bank UAE and Oman and the Global Head Private Banking Group at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Throughout his banking career he has worked with clients from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He was a Non-Executive Chairman and founder investor of a renewable forestry company, which is now one of the largest forestry operations in West Africa. Following this he has been an advisor, investor and shareholder in projects and start-ups related to foreign direct investment, renewables, education and FinTech.
Most recently he has become a Founding Member and COO of the English Business Council, Dubai. Actively involved in voluntary charity work he has been a Director, and then Trustee, at St. Martin-in-the -Fields in London for over 25 years.
John Batchelor, Non-Executive Director
Mr Batchelor is Co-Lead of Asia and Head of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment in Asia at FTI Consulting and is based in Hong Kong. He has more than 18 years of experience in restructuring, corporate recovery and transaction advisory.
Prior to FTI Consulting, Mr. Batchelor was an executive director of Ferrier Hodgson. He began his career with Ferrier Hodgson in Melbourne in 1996 and he relocated to Hong Kong in 2004.
The Board, the Investment Manager and Board Committees
The Board is responsible for reviewing and approving the Company’s Investing Policy and for monitoring the performance of Harmony Capital Investors Limited in the performance of its obligations under the Services Agreement. The Company intends to hold board meetings as required and not less than six times annually. The Board does not intend to constitute committees for audit, remuneration and nomination at the present time given there are only four Directors currently appointed to the Board. The Directors will absent themselves, at the appropriate time, from discussions on matters directly affecting their remuneration and responsibility for those tasks normally undertaken by the audit and nomination committees will be shared between the Directors.
The Board of Adamas Finance Asia Limited comprises:
- a Remuneration Committee constituted by Hugh Viscount Trenchard and Dr. Lee George Lam
- an Investment Committee constituted by John Croft, Hugh Viscount Trenchard, Dr. Lee George Lam and Stuart Crocker
- an Audit Committee constituted by John Croft and Stuart Crocker
- a Valuation Committee constituted by Hugh Viscount Trenchard and Dr. Lee George Lam