Senior Management


Yuanguang Huang (Legend)

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Huang was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Norton Gold Fields by the Zijin Mining Group on the 13th of February, 2023.

Mr Huang joined Zijin Mining Group in 2016 and has since been the Zijin Mining Group’s first HR Director and HR General Manager of the HR Department of Zijin headquarters. At the same time, he is also a director of Tibet Zijin Industrial Co., Ltd and a member of the management committee of Zijinshan Copper-Gold Mine.

Before joining Zijin, Mr Huang held many senior executive positions in various listed companies in China, including Nine Dragons Paper (one of the biggest recycled paper makers in the world) and Midea Group Company Ltd (a leading home appliances maker in the world).

With more than 15 years of executive experience, Mr Huang brings unique skills, perspectives, and relationships to lead Norton Gold Fields into the future.

Yuguang Lai (Vincent)

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Lai joined Zijin Mining Group in 2009 and has held various senior financial management positions in various Zijin subsidiaries including Zijinshan Gold and Copper Mine, COMMUS SAS in DRC and Kamoa Copper SA. Over-10-year working experience in the mining industry. His recent position was the head of Finance of Kamoa Copper, the third biggest Copper Mine in the world between 2018 and 2022. He was appointed as the CFO of Norton in November 2022.

With fluent English communication skills and solid finance and taxation experience, Mr Lai is a valuable addition to Norton’s senior executive team.

Shaohua Hu (Joshua)

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Mr Hu graduated from Anhui University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Mining engineering. Starting as a Junior Mining engineer of Open Pit Mine, he joined Zijin Mining Group in 2008 and has gradually become an expert in open pit operation and performance. He has previously held a position as General Manager Assistant with Serbia Zijin Bor Copper, formerly known as RTB Bor, involved in mining planning, mining technology and production management.

Working as the Deputy COO of the company, Mr Hu assists Mr Maoheng Zhang, the COO, to manage and supervise all operational matters of Paddington as well as open pit projects and technical services. His responsibility was recently expanded to include Binduli operation in late 2022.

Jinping Qi

Chief Geologist

Dr Jinping Qi received PhD in ore deposits from Peking University in 2006 and furthered his research in vein-type silver-lead-zinc deposit as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined Zijin Mining Group in 2009. Since then Dr Qi has gained 6 years’ practical experience in mineral resource exploration in Zijinshan epithermal-porphyry gold-copper-silver ore field and was appointed to General Manger of Southeast Branch Company of Geological Survey. For the past 3 years, Dr Qi took active role in management of Copper-Cobalt exploration project in Democratic Republic of Congo and participated in resource evaluation and due diligence for over 100 international mineral exploration projects, including some world-class projects, such as Kamoa copper project in DRC, Porgera gold project in PNG.

Dr Qi will use his expertise in geological exploration to enlarge Norton’s potential in resource upgrade and expansion.

James William Clarke

Non-executive director (Community Relations)

Mr James Clarke acts in an advisory capacity, providing management and strategic advice to the CEO and the board on strategies related to internal and external communications; liaising with internal and external stakeholders, local government agencies, media as well as local communities to promote the company’s reputation, interests and positive image within the industry and the local community.

Currently, James is also the independent director of Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, President (WA) and national director of the Australia China Business Council, and board member of the not-for-profit organisation MongoliaCare. Previously James held the roles of International CEO and Director for an international consultancy firm LH Global and national treasurer and board member for the Migration Institute of Australia. Mr Clarke has rich experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and government / key stakeholder relations. Fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, he is an accomplished Australia-China cross-cultural expert.


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Corporate Head Office


Paddington Site
Menzies Highway
PO Box 1653
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

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