Management

Our Board

CHING HOE NEO (Mark) | Managing Director & Chairman

Co-founder of West Coast Aquaculture (M) Sdn Bhd.

Mark plays a key leadership role in the company guiding its strategic vision, its operational expansion and customer relations.

Mark was the winner of the 15th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2016 – under the category of Excellence Leadership.

He fulfils various roles with West Coast Aquaculture Group from payroll, HR, accounts and customer service and will continue to be responsible for these areas post listing.

Other Current Directorships

Mark is also a director of Right Pristine Manpro Sdn Bhd and AP Venture Provision Sdn Bhd, which is a foreign workers recruitment agency.

Profile

Upon the completion of his secondary education, Mark started working at a printing company as Production Supervisor, and was involved with attending to high-tech printing machines, monitoring printing quality and manpower arrangement for different production line to ensure production is on schedule.

In 1995, he ventured into the human resources industry and founded Right Pristine ManPro Sdn Bhd (“Right Pristine ManPro”) and AP Venture Provision Sdn Bhd (“AP Venture Provision”).

Right Pristine ManPro focuses on the provision of foreign labour supply, human resources management services and dormitory development. Based in Penang, the Northern region of Malaysia, it is one of the leading foreign manpower management company. Right Pristine ManPro partners with foreign agencies in various countries to supply professional workforce to multiple sectors of multinational factories and local companies. It has connected with more than 50,000 foreign work force from Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Philippines to cater to the needs of various industries and sectors.

Right Pristine ManPro sustained their competitive advantage in providing manpower services nationwide with its delivery commitment, quality of support and service, and experienced and dedicated management team in managing all outsource related activities. The company is committed to take care the wellbeing of the foreign workers, ensuing that the foreign workforce is treated with respect and dignity.

Right Pristine ManPro has provided foreign labour to companies such as Sony, Canon, Motorola and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

AP Venture Provision is a professionally managed licensed recruitment agency that recruits foreign house maids.

As the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Aquaculture Group, he is primarily responsible for overseeing the overall business operations and development, as well as the formulation and implementation of the West Coast Aquaculture Group’s corporate strategies. With over 25 years of experience in the business sector, he is the driving force of the Group.

TEIK HON CHIN | Executive Director

Background

Founder of West Coast with 12 years’ experience in fish farming operations and was appointed to the Board of Directors of West Coast Aquaculture (M) Sdn Bhd on 30 May 2016.

Mr Chin is responsible for the farming operations of West Coast Aquaculture and he ensures that their practice is compliant with legislation requirements, environmental standards and good aquaculture practice.

Chin guides and implements West Coast’s expansion plan. He works closely with West Coast’s CEO with a key focus on growth of the business. Currently, he is overseeing the implementation of West Coast’s Expansion plan.

Chin’s role extends to the marine environment and fish performance from fingerlings to harvest. He has been responsible for West Coast’s production increases and improved fish production.

Chin is well recognized for farming innovation in Langkawi and his extensive knowledge of aquaculture is the foundation on which West Coast Aquaculture’s success is built on.

Key Achievements

Through the extensive R&D conducted throughout the years by the dedicated R&D team lead by Teik Hon Chin, the West Coast Aquaculture Group has successfully achieved numerous successes in the breeding of its marine fish species. Amongst the most notable achievement is that West Coast Aquaculture have successfully mass produce various species of Grouper and Red Snapper.

Teik Hon Chin was awarded the certificate of recognition as “The Catalyst for Transformation in Agrotechnology” in the Aquaculture Sector, by the Muda Agricultural Development Authority, which is an agency under Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry in the state of Kedah on 5 August 2015.

YAW FOI CHAN | Executive Director

Background

Yaw Foi Chan is an executive Director of West Coast and was appointed to the Board of Directors of West Coast on 5 December 2019. Yaw Foi is a qualified Management Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA) and has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance. He started his career as a Cost and Financial accountant, and his last held position is of a Financial Controller in an Indonesian company with an annual turnover of above USD 100 million. His role includes setting up coast departments and establishing costing standards, setting up and monitoring inventory control systems, budget preparation and variance analysis, setting products selling price, maintaining financial books, liaising with external auditors and tax advisors, deal with banks on facilities and trade instruments, evaluate capital expenditures and monitoring returns, as well as guide and advise management on decisions to achieve set targets.

Yaw Foi is the Project Director of a property development company in Malaysia. He is actively involved with project planning and implementation. He leads his team on all aspects of project development, including applying and dealing with securing permits, planning with architect and engineer, engaging building contractors, planning of material use, project monitoring and obtaining approval from relevant authorities for completed projects.

Yaw Foi joined West Coast Aquaculture (M) Sdn Bhd as the Executive Assistant of Ching Hoe Neo. His role includes analysing data for better strategic operations.

STUART LAURENCE NIVEN | Non-Executive Director

Stuart is a solicitor and a Partner of Baldock Stacy & Niven Parramatta, Solicitors and Notaries.

He was educated at the King’s School Parramatta and the University of Sydney.

Stuart’s practice is largely in the commercial and business area helping companies and individuals in small, medium and large businesses throughout Australia.

Stuart was appointed as a notary public by the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007.

LEE PING CHONG | Non-Executive Director

Ping is a solicitor and Partner of Baldock Stacy & Niven Parramatta, Solicitors and Notaries.

Ping was educated in Malaysia, at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in the United Kingdom and in Australia.

Prior to working in law, Ping worked in the banking industry in Australia.

Ping practices in both the property and business areas helping companies and individuals in small, medium and large businesses in Australia and Asia.

Ping was appointed as a notary public by the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007.

Our Team

HUAN TAI CHAN | Chief Operations Officer

Role

  • Founder with 12 years’ experience in aquaculture and fish farming operations.
  • Chan has previous experience in the seafood production industry and was responsible for consistent and reliable supplier of seafood.
  • Chan is responsible for wholesale, retail and export sales and customer service.

Other Current Directorships

Chan is also a founder of a marine fish nursery and hatchery company that supplies quality fish fingerlings to fish breeders, including West Coast Aquaculture.

CHIAM SENG | Senior Technical Manager

Role

  • 40 years’ experience in fish farming operations and joined West Coast in 2014.
  • Chiam provides overall advice on all fish farming related issues including pond management, fish treatment, feed species, grading etc. 40 years’ experience in fish farming operations and joined West Coast in 2014.