Richard O’Dell Poulden
Chairman & CEO
Richard, a qualified Barrister, has co-founded natural resources, healthcare, retail and internet-based technology companies where he has executed strategies for growth by acquisition in all sectors. Most recently Richard was Chairman and CEO of AIM quoted Sirius Minerals Plc where he oversaw the transformation of the company into a substantial potash company achieved through a series of company acquisitions in Australia, USA and the UK.
Previously Richard worked as a merchant banker at Samuel Montagu & Co Limited, and also as a management consultant at Arthur D. Little where he worked in their European strategy practise as well as co founding their Financial Industries Group. In the past Richard has been Executive Chairman of JMI Seed Capital and is currently Chairman of PCG Entertainment Plc, also quoted on AIM and Chairman of Black Swan Plc.
Jonathan, a chartered accountant with experience in quoted and unquoted companies, has past natural resource experience as Finance Director of Sirius Minerals Plc overseeing the financial aspects of the company through flotation and its series of acquisitions. He spent a most of his career working in senior financial positions within the hotel and leisure industry and during this time oversaw a number of IPOs and mergers and acquisitions.
George has held several non-executive positions on various Boards including mining companies Strategic Minerals plc, Siberian Coal Energy Co., EuroChem Mineral and Chemical Co., and K+S AG. He trained at Morgan Grenfell in London before it was acquired by Deutsche Bank in the 1990s. George worked as a Treasury desk officer for the Conservative Party from 1974 to 1979, before becoming a Special Advisor to HM Treasury. He subsequently became Head of Group Planning for HSBC Holdings in Hong Kong and London.
He founded and subsequently sold investment banking boutique Cardona Lloyd & Co. and has been a non-executive director of London listed investment trusts Close Finsbury Eurotech, Martin Currie Pacific, and of Renewable Energy Generation. He was also a director of the Cardona Lloyd Hedge Portfolio, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
Alan worked at Barclaytrust Limited, (then Barclays Bank Executor and Trustee Department) from 1965 to 1988, reaching the highest level in Gibraltar administering offshore companies and trusts, leaving in 1988 to join a large local trust corporation. He is now a freelance consultant based in Gibraltar but continues to be closely involved with company and trust structures for a range of international clients.
Michael, a qualified accountant, has natural resources experience dating back to 1979 where earlier research work on mapping and satellite imagery led to him starting companies in seismology, cartography and oil and gas information for a Swiss firm. In the early 1980s Michael initiated and ran a multi-million dollar oil industry consortium (Shell, BP, Chevron and Elf Aquitaine were major partners) which culminated in the development of Geodat and MundoCart, an oil industry standard set of cartographic data. Michael’s previous roles include several years as a partner and board member of one of the leading accountancy firms directing global consulting work, and serving on the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation & Research Agency board.
In 1994, Michael cofounded Z/Yen, a commercial think-tank based in London with numerous finance and technology clients where he is currently Executive Chairman. From 2005, Michael has been a non executive director of AIM listed Sirius Minerals Plc. Michael is Emeritus Professor, Trustee and Fellow of Gresham College and a non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.