Chris Freer

Global Drilling Manager
+61 409 648 537

Chris Freer, Global Manager, VLI Drilling Pty Ltd, has 49 years' experience working in the Drilling and Mining industries across a number of different countries. He commenced with Valley Longwall Drilling on Day 1 back in 1996. Chris is based at Valley Longwall Mining Equipment (Beijing) Co Ltd, and manages VLI's Global Drilling Division from there, travelling frequently to all related entities. He has specialist skills in Risk Management, Safety and Mining Engineering as well as experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, and International Business Development. Qualifications include; Diploma - Corporate Director – University of New England; Senior Fellow – Corporate Director’s Association of Australia; Advanced Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Management – NHSA; Diploma – Safety & Training Management; Diploma – Risk Management; Open Cut Examiner’s Certificate of Competency and is an Honorary Professor of the Electrical and Mining College of Technology, Xian, China. He is also a director on the VLI Pty Ltd Board.


Steve Finch

China Operations Manager
+61 417 674 0053

Steve manages the drilling division of VLI’s subsidiary company in China -VLME (Valley Longwall Mining Equipment (Beijing) Co. Ltd.

VLME performs underground directional drilling and seam de-gasification in some of the world’s most challenging geological seam structures. Steve is based at the companies Beijing facility and has extensive knowledge & experience in directional drilling processes.

Steve has over 29 years industry experience, achieving several industry production records in that time, these include leading the team to drilled the first 1,000-meter-long directionally drilled hole in a Chinese coal mine. Steve holds an Advanced Diploma in Drilling Management along with other industry machine operation, training and safety certifications.

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