Vicki named ‘Advocate of the Year’ at the 2021 ESKER Impact Awards

Vicki named ‘Advocate of the Year’ at the 2021 ESKER Impact Awards

Congratulations to PanAust’ Brisbane-based, IT Business Process Lead, Vicki Dreaver on being named the ESKER ‘Advocate of the Year’.

The ESKER Impact Awards recognise and highlight customers and users who have achieved remarkable results with ESKER’s technology and have gone the extra mile in transforming their business with automation.

Vicki was delighted to be named ‘Advocate of the Year’ at last Friday’s virtual awards ceremony. In accepting the award, Vicki also acknowledged the other Lao-based super users.

“I wish to thank the team at ESKER for this award and recognition which I share with the ESKER super users in our team in Laos – thank you.

“The real stars are our Transactional Services Centre team in Laos. They are the super users for the ESKER Accounts Payable (AP) module,” Vicki said.

The Lao team has embedded a culture for ongoing improvement to make the best use of the ESKER product, increase automation rates and resolve any ESKER cases directly.

This enables the PanAust IT team to focus on the delivery of strategic initiatives such as enhancing the Company’s cybersecurity associated with bank master data. 

The ESKER support model is one that the Company aims to emulate across the other cloud-based systems in use.  

“Not only does the ESKER AP module integrate so well into the Company’s SAP landscape, but our team members based in both Brisbane and Laos find the ESKER team a pleasure to work with,” Vicki explained.

View Vicki’s award acceptance speech.

Mr Lei Feng

Non Executive Director

Mr Lei Feng has over 20 years of financial management experience in various sectors including printing, packaging, shipbuilding, grain trading, mining and finance.

Mr Feng began his career in 2004 as a Financial Accountant at C & C Joint Printing Co., (Guangdong) Ltd., after completing a Masters of Business Administration degree between 2002 and 2004 at Sun Yat-Sen University.

After five years, in 2009, Mr Feng was appointed as Financial and Executive Manager at Heshan Innopak Co., Ltd. Since 2013, Mr Feng has held senior financial positions with various Guangdong state-owned companies regulated under the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

In 2013, Mr Feng took up a new appointment as Financial Controller, at Guangxin Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and was appointed in 2016, as the Financial Controller with Donlink Group Co., Ltd.

In 2018, Mr Feng joined Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd., (GRHG) as the Deputy General Manager of the Finance Department and later in 2020 he was appointed as General Manager of Finance. In early 2022, Mr Feng took on his current position of General Manager of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co., Ltd, with GRHG.

Mr Feng became a Non-executive Director of the PanAust Limited Board of Directors on 10 May 2022.

Mr Daling Zheng

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
MCom, MBA, PGDip

Mr Daling Zheng is PanAust Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has 20 years of experience in asset management and investment in China and internationally and holds a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Murdoch University, and a postgraduate diploma from the Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to joining PanAust Limited, Daling worked for Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonferrous Metal Co. where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions, and the asset management of international mines.

Daling’s previous experience includes as an investment approval officer in the Investment Management Committee of the China Ping An Group where he was responsible for the acquisition of global-listed companies and commercial banks, underwriting, investing in corporate bonds, and participating in Moody and Standard & Poor’s credit rating on Ping An Group. He has also been responsible for corporate banking at the China Minsheng Bank, and was an analyst in the energy and nonferrous metal industry at CITIC Futures.

Daling was appointed an Executive Director of PanAust Limited on 27 August 2018, Chief Financial Officer on 15 January 2019 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 23 July 2020. In 2022 Daling was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PanAust Limited.

Mr Shu Yao


Mr Shu Yao is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ of experience in mining operations and management.

Mr Yao joined Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet’s (Nonfemet) Fankou Mine – one of the largest lead and zinc producing mines in Asia – in 1989 as a Mining Technician. He would later serve as the Mining Manager, General Manager of the Mining Department, and Assistant General Manager during his 26 year tenure with the Mine.

In 2015, Mr Yao transitioned to work directly for Nonfemet as the Assistant President; General Manager of the Mineral Resource Department. While with the Company, Mr Yao would go on to hold the roles of Deputy President and Director, and Executive Deputy President and Director.

In 2020, Mr Yao transitioned to his current role of Chairman of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co. Ltd; a first tier subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd.

Mr Yao became the Chairman of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.