Craig Astill

Managing Director & CEO

B Bus. (IntTrade), B Bus. (Banking & Finance)

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Craig Astill

Managing Director & CEO

B Bus. (IntTrade), B Bus. (Banking & Finance)

Craig founded Caason Group in 1999 to pursue interests in international trade and finance. He is an accomplished sophisticated investor and project developer with 30 years of corporate experience.

Today, Craig oversees our innovation and sustainability investments in public and private companies; leads our own Caason Group companies; provides innovation, R&D consultancy services; and offers capital raising support.

As Managing Director of Aileron Pastoral Holdings (APH), Caason Group’s livestock cattle station on over 408,000 hectares in the Northern Territory, Craig has significant experience in large scale agribusiness. He also draws on previous experience in the dairy and communications industries to manage continuous improvement processes on Aileron.

Also in the agriculture sector, Craig is a non-executive director on the board of Food, Fibre & Land International (FFLI) where Caason Group is a significant shareholder. FFLI is set to be the largest producer of industrial hemp in Australia by 2020, where APH will be a key feedstock supplier.

Moving to the exploration, mining and energy sector, Craig is Managing Director and CEO of HardRock Coal Mining (HRCM) – Caason Group’s mining innovation project. HRCM has leases and licences over 27,000 hectares in Tasmania.

Craig has taken a lead role in several IPOs, rights issues and placements; including Woomera Mining Ltd’s (ASX: WML) – a company in which Caason Group holds a significant investment. Caason Group also holds a significant shareholding in Carpentaria Resources Ltd (ASX: CAP). Here, Craig is responsible for Carpentaria Resources’ relationship with Formosa Plastics Group, a multi-national conglomerate headquartered in Taiwan that has invested in Carpentaria alongside Caason Group.

In the environmental technologies sector, Craig is an executive director for Future Energy Investments (FEI). Caason Group holds a substantial shareholding in FEI; a company leading the way in plastics conversion to diesel and other products through its globally patented process. Also in this sector is Caason Inventa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caason Group that investigates Co2 output reduction technologies for the mining and energy industries.

Craig also represents the German-based GS Bavaria in the Asia Pacific and Caason Group holds a shareholding. GS Bavaria has recycling technology and provides nanopowders to the composite metals, plastics and resin industries.

In the information technology and telecommunications sectors, Craig has also been instrumental in the commercialisation of RecallAll, The Eagle, 5G Networks (ASX: 5GN), Peppermint Innovation (ASX: PIL), Movox and Red Piranha.

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