Board of Directors
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- Guanglin Lai (Alan)
Guanglin (Alan) Lai
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Alan Lai was appointed as Chairman of PGG Wrightson Limited on 22 October 2013 and has been a Director since 30 December 2009. Alan has served as the Chairman of Agria Corporation’s Board of Directors since June 2007 and is a member of Agria’s Remuneration Committee. Alan is the sole Director of Brothers Capital Limited, which is Agria’s largest shareholder. Alan is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of China Pipe Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company. China Pipe Group Limited is a leading provider to the construction and infrastructure sector offering a wide range of pipe related product and services in Hong Kong and Macau. His wholly-owned investment vehicle, Singapore Zhongxin Investment Co Limited, is the largest controlling shareholder of China Pipe Group Limited. Alan holds a Masters degree in Finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Monash University, Melbourne and is a certified public accountant in Australia.
- Trevor Burt
Trevor Burt joined the PGG Wrightson Board on 11 December 2012, and was appointed as Deputy Chairman on 11 August 2014. Trevor has had extensive international experience in the industrial gas industry, joining BOC gases New Zealand in 1986 and retiring from the Executive Board of Linde AG in 2007 (Linde AG acquired BOC in 2006). During his time with BOC, he served as Managing Director China, Managing Director North Asia and later president for North America. As an executive Board member for Linde AG his accountabilities included overall responsibility for Asia-Pacific operations. In addition to chairing Ngai Tahu Holding Corporation Limited and Lyttelton Port Company Limited, Trevor is also a director on a number of other well-known New Zealand businesses including Silver Fern Farms Limited, Landpower Holdings Limited and Mainpower New Zealand Limited. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Canterbury University, and has completed postgraduate studies in marketing and public relations.
- Bruce Irvine
BCom, LLB, FCA, FNZIM, AFInstD.
Bruce Irvine was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board on 24 June 2009 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Bruce was Managing Partner at Deloitte Christchurch from 1995 to 2007 before his retirement in May 2008. He now acts as an independent director on various boards including: Chair of Christchurch City Holdings Limited and Heartland Bank and subsidiaries; Director of House of Travel Holdings Limited, Godfrey Hirst NZ Limited and subsidiaries, Market Gardeners Limited and subsidiaries, Rakon Limited and subsidiaries, Scenic Hotels Limited and Skope Industries Limited.
- John Nichol
John Nichol was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board on 22 October 2013. John has been Managing Director of Optica Life Accessories Limited for the past 11 years. Prior to that he held a number of executive roles within the banking and finance sector and for 10 years was Managing Director of the investment company, Broadway Industries Limited.
He has been a director of a number of businesses within the primary sector including Fortex Group Limited, The New Zealand Salmon Company Limited, Alpine Dairy Products Limited, Craigpine Timber Limited, the New Zealand Dairy Board and The New Zealand Merino Company Limited. He has also been a director of a number of significant other New Zealand businesses including New Zealand Post Limited and State Insurance Limited.
- Lim Siang (Ronald) Seah
Lim Siang (Ronald) Seah
B.Soc.Sc (Hons in Economics)
Ronald Seah was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board on 4 December 2012. Ronald is a Singaporean with a background in banking and funds management. His fund management career spanned 26 years with the AIG group of companies in Singapore, serving as Chairman of AIG Global Investment Corporation (Singapore) Limited until 2005. He is currently serving as independent director of a number of listed Singaporean companies including Yanlord Land Group Limited (Chairman of the Audit Committee), Global Investments Limited (Chairman of the Remuneration Committee), M&C Reit Management Limited and M&C Business Trust Management Limited (Chairman of the Risk Management Committee) and Telechoice International Limited. Ronald holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree with Honours in Economics from the University of Singapore.
- Wai Yip (Patrick) Tsang
Wai Yip (Patrick) Tsang
FCPA, FCCA, ACA, BA (Hons)
Patrick Tsang was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board on 4 December 2012. Patrick is the Chief Financial Officer for Agria Corporation (the parent company of PGG Wrightson’s largest shareholder Agria (Singapore) Pte Limited) and began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. He has held finance roles in a number of companies listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, including China Resources Enterprises Limited and Tianjin Development Holdings Limited. Patrick is currently a director of China Pipe Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company. He has over 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting, investor relations and corporate finance including initial public offerings, restructuring and merger and acquisition transactions. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy (Honours) and is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- Kean Seng U
Kean Seng U
LLB (Hons), B.Ec
Kean Seng U was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board on 4 December 2012. Kean Seng is Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs for Agria Corporation, a role he has held since December 2008. He has extensive experience in advising multi-national corporations and sovereign entities on direct investments in The People’s Republic of China as well as offshore mergers and acquisitions of foreign assets by entities of The People’s Republic of China. Kean Seng previously practiced as a partner at Singaporean law firm, Shooklin & Bok LLP, focused on East Asia, and he led a corporate finance team in Allen & Overy Shooklin & Bok, JLV, an international law venture partnership with London based Allen & Overy LLP. Kean Seng sits as an independent and non-executive director of several public listed corporations. He received a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University (Australia). He is a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia; Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore and Solicitor of England and Wales. In addition to his extensive legal knowledge, Kean Seng is also a qualified economist, having completed his degree majoring in Economics and Accounting, B.Ec at Monash University, Australia.
To ensure efficiency, the Board has delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and subsidiary company boards the day to day management and leadership of the Group.
The Board has delegated some of its powers to Board operating committees – the Audit Committee and the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. The committees are made up of a minimum of three non-executive Director members and each committee has a written board-approved charter which outlines that committee’s authority, duties, responsibilities and relationship with the board. The current members of the committees are set out below:
|Audit Committee||Remuneration and Appointments Committee|
|Bruce Irvine (Chairman)||Alan Lai (Chairman)|
|Patrick Tsang||Bruce Irvine|
|John Nichol||Patrick Tsang|
|Kean Seng U|