Our Team

Jeremy Barnett, Managing Director

Jeremy has been involved with Chinese manufacturing since 1998. Much of that time has been spent in China, where he handled negotiations with foreign buyers for Chinese manufacturers on-site in a sales capacity, and at trade shows in China and Europe. Back in Australia, he heads up China Confidential and is involved in all aspects of its operations, including account management for key clients.

Sophie Zhuo, Operations Director

Sophie’s command of English and three Chinese languages combined with a strong eye for detail make her an efficient coordinator of people, products and projects across language and distance barriers. Before China Confidential Sophie managed sales departments for large Chinese exporters in the textile and porcelain industries. Based in Australia now, Sophie ensures that vastly different languages and cultural assumptions do not get in the way of getting a great deal for our clients.

Jack Long, China Manager

Jack comes to China Confidential after many years sourcing and inspecting products for Walmart, China. Based in Shanghai, he works hard to identify and manage the ideal suppliers for China Confidential clients. With excellent knowledge of manufacturing processes, Jack can find the right supplier and find the solution for custom manufacture or off-the-shelf purchase at the right price.

Margret Halstead, Operations Manager

Margret joined China Confidential after a long stint at a successful architectural practice, and is tasked with supporting the team in efficient project scheduling and resource allocation, as well as assisting with supplier intelligence and quality assurance reporting. Drawing on her experience with building contracts, architectural drawings and local government procedures, Margret is the natural candidate for this demanding role at China Confidential.

Tony Wright, Special Projects Advisor

Tony brought his first container out of China in 1981 and has extensive Asia experience, including serving as Boral’s Managing Director, Asia in the nineties. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Tony is in demand as a speaker –his engagements include the Annual Lecture on Asian Business – Australian Graduate School of Management 1994-99, Australia China Forum 1995, and Economic Intelligence Unit Conferences 1995, 1998, 1999. Advising select China Confidential clients on China strategy, Tony brings a wealth of experience and considered insight to the team.

Pierre Cronje, Senior Account Manager

Pierre brings his 40 years’ experience in IT solutions, sales, account management, consulting, project management and general business management in industry, finance, telecommunications and government to spearhead the China Confidential initiative in South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Pierre is available for consultation on China procurement across a range of industries from mining and infrastructure, to manufacturing and distribution.

Gary Miller, Senior Account Manager

Gary has 35 years’ career experience working for large Australian corporates and US global construction firms. He has held management roles in sales, procurement and project delivery across the residential, commercial, petrochemical and infrastructure market segments. He understands the importance to business of meeting the quality, specification and schedule requirements of a procurement whilst achieving an overall cost advantage through astute sourcing. Located in Sydney, Gary is actively addressing the multi-residential and infrastructure markets

Sean Zhuo, Sourcing Officer

Sean has been sourcing products and managing Chinese suppliers for Australian businesses since the late nineties. His enthusiasm, quick mind and personal knowledge of almost every manufacturing hub in China make him an invaluable member of China Confidential. An extremely tough negotiator on behalf of our clients, he is also an easygoing person and experienced at making our client’s visits to China smooth and productive. Sean runs the South China office in Guangdong.

Sydney Office
T: +61 2 9375 2450

London Office
T: +44 207 562 8329

Johannesburg Office
T: +27 11 258 8918

Shanghai Office
T: +86 21 3120 3022

Hear from our clients


so-qChina Confidential has taken both the risk and a large amount of the stress out of dealing with China. Their professionalism is of the highest order and I would recommend their service to anyone seeking to do business in China.sc-q

Andy McLeod, Director, Shade Australia

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