Paul Qian


Paul Qian is a hardworking individual who holds the esteemed position of Chairman and Founder of the Company. With over 12 years of invaluable experience in minerals sands field, Paul’s expertise spans the entire spectrum of the mineral sands industry, from exploration to mining. His extensive global network of market connections further enhances his stature in the business world. Paul is currently the director of the Company but is in the process of establishing a full Board for EMPL

Having resided in Australia for more than three decades, Paul has truly made this vibrant country his home. Throughout his remarkable entrepreneurial journey, which spans over 25 years, Paul has excelled in diverse fields such as finance, property development, publishing, imports and exports, stock and commodity trading, wastewater and soil treatments, oil refineries, capital raising, M&A, and mining, to name just a few.

One of Paul’s notable achievements was his instrumental role as the Director and Treasurer of the Australian Mining Association, which successfully organized the prestigious Asia Pacific Resources Conference (APRC) in Brisbane, following the G20 summit in 2014. This event served as a platform for industry leaders to exchange ideas and forge meaningful partnerships.

In addition to his business prowess, Paul is a member of many professional organizations. He has been a chartered member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) since 1991, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in his field. Furthermore, Paul is affiliated with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA), showcasing his dedication to staying at the forefront of financial trends and best practices. As an Australian Credit License holder with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), Paul’s expertise in finance is undeniable. He was also a registered tax (financial) adviser with the Australian Tax Practitioners Board and a registered Financial Planner with ASIC.

One of Paul’s remarkable qualities is his deep understanding of the nuances between Eastern and Western cultures. This invaluable insight allows him to bridge any cultural gaps and foster effective relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds. His exceptional relationship skills have been key in successfully navigating and leveraging these different perspectives.

Paul Qian is an accomplished and respected entrepreneur, possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in various industries. His impressive track record, extensive network, and commitment to excellence make him a truly remarkable individual in the business world.

Paul Qian
B. Sc (Chemistry 1987), Justice of Peace(NSW)

George Edwards

Vice Chairman.

George holds a Science Degree in Metallurgy from UNSW, Sydney and has been prominent in the minerals and coal industries in Australia and overseas for over 55 years, including having part owned and operated three export coking coal mines in Australia since establishing his own companies over 40 years ago.

Among his many achievements are being President of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) in 1995 – they led development of the JORC and VALMIN Codes. George was Chairman of the Energy Council of Australia (from 1993 to 2006) and was Chairman of Standards Australia, which covered all minerals, including mineral sands. He was Chairman of ASX listed SAI Global Limited, an international certification company, from listing in 2003 until 2008. He was awarded the Gold Medal in 2011 by the Mineral Industry Consultants Association (4th awarded since 1982). George is currently Executive Chairman of the Australian Mining Association.

During his Science Degree he did vocational employment on a mineral sand treatment plant at Byron Bay in northern NSW and later was involved on another beach sand project on Stradbroke Island in southern Queensland. He has been very active in coal preparation (was International Chairman of the Coal Preparation Congress from 1973-76) involving use of spirals, shaking tables and magnetic separators as used in mineral sands treatment. George has been active in Bangladesh since 2012, including visiting a few different mineral sands sites and holding multiple discussions with various Government Officials about developing a mineral sands industry in the country.

He has been Chairman and Director of both public and private coal companies, in Australia and overseas.

He runs his own trading and consulting businesses, principally through Edwards Global Services Pty Ltd in Australia, serving the coal, minerals, energy and other industries worldwide. He is a Competent Person to do JORC and VALMIN Code work for coal. He’s had over 100 major clients worldwide and has authored some 150 talks, articles and presentations in Australia and in 14 countries overseas.

George Edwards
Vice Chairman

Bruce Fulton

Bruce Fulton

Non-Executive Director

Bruce an experienced resources industry executive and company director.

Following a successful career in the in the mining industry where his background included technical, operational and commercial responsibilities with major resource companies such Placer Dome, Dominion Mining, and Plutonic Resources, Bruce became a professional director and a consultant to the industry. He founded Ophir Partners, a resources, energy and engineering industry consulting firm assisting groups in building high impact boards and senior management teams. He brings his knowledge of consulting with many leading international exploration and mining companies to Everlast.

Bruce is currently Chairman of the Sydney Branch of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a National Councillor for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and a Member of the Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering Industry Advisory Committee at the University of New South Wales. Bruce holds an M.Sc. (Earth Sciences) from Waikato University and an MBA from Deakin University.

Bruce Fulton
M.Sc, MBA (Deakin), FAusIMM
Non-Executive Director