The project team is extremely experienced in their areas of expertise. Each is a recognized expert and hold various positions in industry organisations.


  • Gordon Toll, B.E. (Hons), M.Sc., FAusIMM

    Mr Toll is a vastly knowledgeable mining entrepreneur with experience in Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Australia. He is a world recognised expert in fund raising for mining projects and has been intimately involved with the raising of over US $5 billion in the last 10 years.

    In a career of over 42 years in the global Energy, Mineral and Chemicals businesses, he has through specific experience gained key skills in the areas of Acquisitions and New Business, Company/Business Turnaround, and General Management at all levels.

  • John Allen
    Commercial Director

    John's expertise is in providing strategic advice on joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, equity, hybrid and debt raisings and complex commercial transactions in Australia and Asia.

    John was a Partner in Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Lawyers, for 16 years and Executive Director of Technology Transactions Limited for two and a half years. He was a member of the Australia China Council from 1998 to 2007. John was also the National President of the Australia China Business Council in 1996 - 97 and a Senior Vice President through to 2003. He was a Director of CITIC Australia Pty Ltd from 1986 to 2004, and has been a Director and Chairman of a number of public and private companies. He is Chairman of the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney.

    John obtained his Master of Laws from Harvard University, having been awarded a Frank Knox Fellowship. He has a Bachelor of Arts, and Laws (with Honours) from Sydney University.

    John also worked at major law firms in Washington DC and Tokyo and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of Universities. He is a Fellow of the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Robert Williamson
    Director and Chief Operating Officer

    CEngA AFIE Aust EngExec NER IntETn(Aus) GAICD

    Robert Williamson, CEO of Red River Group, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Robert has attained the Stage 3 competency of Engineers Australia (Engineering Executive) and was the recipient of Engineers Australia National Presidents Prize in 2003.

    Born in Broken Hill and with a career in mining spanning over 40 years, 22 years of which with Rio Tinto, Robert can claim a true mining DNA. Robert has consulted at and visited all the major global Iron Ore provinces including Simandou, as well as some of the world’s largest mines including Kalgoorlie Super Pit and Grasberg mine. Robert has also written and presented papers at leading mining conferences around the world.

    Robert has fostered China relationships in Government, Finance and Industry, and has led several delegations to China promoting investment in mining and technologies and is active in assisting Chinese Customs (CIQ) with introducing the latest robotic mineral assaying technologies. After a career of 22 years with Riotinto and then Group General Manager at Snowden Mining Consultants, Robert formed Red River Group in 2012 with a firm vision for trade with China.

    Robert is a past Chair of Engineers Australia, and currently sits on the National Congress and Professional Standards Board. Robert also Chairs ITEE in WA, is an Executive Committee member of Australia China Business Council (ACBC) in WA and is Deputy Chair of the ACBC Resources sub-committee. Robert also is Vice Chair of the Curtin University Advisory Board of AASQA – Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, and a member of the Autism Association WA Business Advisory Council.

  • Gloria Zeng
    Director and Chief Financial Officer

    Ms Gloria Zeng has over 15 years of experience in the finance and accounting area and has been involved in cross-border e-commerce transactions, mergers and acquisitions of Australian mining assets for the past 10 years. Currently, she is holding a senior finance role in Fe Mines Ltd, Braemar Infrastructure Pty Ltd and Olary Magnetite Pty Ltd. Previously, she served as the Financial Controller of Compass Resources Ltd, an Australian listed mineral resources company and HNC (Australia) Resources Pty Ltd, an Australian investment arm of Hunan Non-Ferrous Metals Co. which is part of China Minmetals Corporation, the largest mining company in China. She also involved in the development of Sino Gold Mining Limited into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry and participated in successfully selling of Sino Gold Mining Limited to Eldorado Gold Corporation for over A$2 billion. Ms Zeng is a CPA Australia and has an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

  • Linda Zhang
    Chief China Representative

    Ms Linda Zhang has over 10 years experience in International Business and Trade. She has been instrumental in establishing Letters of Intent, MOU’s and Sales contracts for various international companies trading with China. Ms Zhang holds a Masters Degree in International Business and a Bachelor Degree in Management/Marketing/International trading, Import/Export Business, and Foreign trade.