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About Us Directors

Mr. Craig Niven
Non-Executive Chairman and Interim Chief Executive

Craig Niven MA (Cantab) ACA is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company and, as members of the audit committee and the remuneration committee, is responsible for ensuring the Company adheres to good principles of corporate governance, as well as reviewing the performance of the executive directors and making recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment. He is also currently the Interim Chief Executive of the Company.

Craig has experience at a senior level in both public and private, across a range of industry sectors, including investment management, natural resources, international banking and media. He is currently a director of AIM quoted Power Capital Global Limited and, until 1995, he was a Director and head of corporate finance at ANZ Grindlays Bank plc. Following this he left to act as co-founder and Chairman of AIM quoted Griffin Mining Limited and was subsequently CEO of AIM quoted Arlington Group plc. He has been active in The People’s Republic of China since 1995 and is currently CEO of China focused Palace House Turf Club.


Currently, Craig is also a director or partner of Zetachoice Limited, Seachoice Limited, Colne Bar Properties Limited, Seachoice (Scandinavia) Limited, Palace House Racing Limited, CN Brookes and Co. Limited, Palace House Turf Club (UK) Limited, Seachoice Trustees Limited and Sportswinbet (CI) Limited.

Ms. Emma Xu
Non-Executive Director

Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and, as the Chairman of the audit committee and member of the remuneration committee, is responsible for ensuring the Company adheres to good principles of corporate governance, as well as reviewing the performance of the executive directors and making recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment.

Emma worked for over ten years as a solicitor with law firms such as King & Wood Law Firm and TransAsia Lawyers in China, specialising in the areas of foreign investment, taxation, contracts and mergers and acquisitions. From the end of 2002 until joining the Group she has worked for Gale Pacific Limited, an Australian listed company, where she was responsible for their China operations as chief financial officer and managing director.


Emma holds an Executive MBA from Washington University, U.S. and a Bachelor of International Business Law from Fudan University, China.

Mr. Javier Amo Fernández de Ávila
Non-Executive Director

Javier is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and, as Chairman of the remuneration committee and member of the audit committee, is responsible for reviewing the performance of the executive directors and making recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment, as well as ensuring the Company adheres to good principles of corporate governance.

Javier has 40 years of experience in capital markets, the banking sector and credit cards. He has experience from working in stock markets, asset management, compliance, audit, risk control, treasury transactions, securities, derivatives, investment funds, internet banking and telephone banking, at banks including Banco Hispano Americano and Barclays. He acted as advisor in acquisitions within the banking sector whilst he worked in Barclays where he was responsible for the due diligence and the integration of Banco Zaragozano and the due diligence functions for Banco Atlantico and Banco Urquijo. He has experience in the creation and starting up of different new business areas and in the development and implementation of securities applications of the custody and settlement system for Barclays and the equity trading system for BZW.


Javier is currently the CEO of Iberiacards, one of the top credit card issuers in Spain as well as Vice Chairman of Alpha Plus Asset Management and member of the boards of various financial institutions including Banco Pueyo and Alpha Plus. He has extensive experience as a lecturer with business schools such as Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles, London School of Economics and U-ERRE University in Monterrey (México).