Richard Poulden

Chairman & CEO

Richard read Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a Barrister. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

He has founded and co-founded successful companies in natural resources, healthcare, retail and technology.

Richard was Chairman and CEO of AIM quoted Sirius Minerals Plc where he oversaw the transformation of the company into a substantial potash business through a series of acquisitions in Australia, USA and the UK.

He was also the Chairman of Valereum Plc, focused on the linking of conventional, mainstream currency products denominated in USD and GBP into the world of cryptocurrencies.

Previously Richard has been a merchant banker at Samuel Montagu & Co, a management consultant at Arthur D. Little and in the European Leadership Team of Electronic Data Systems.

Jonathan Harrison

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan, a qualified accountant with experience in quoted and unquoted companies, has past natural resources experience as Finance Director of Sirius Minerals overseeing the financial aspects of the company through flotation and a series of acquisitions. He spent most of his career working in senior financial positions within the international hotel and leisure industry, including an MBI of County Hotels and a successful exit, and during this time oversaw a number of IPO’s and mergers and acquisitions.

David "Sam" Hutchins

Non-Executive Director

Mr Hutchins is a highly experienced gold specialist and natural resources fund manager, having previously run various funds at M&G Group Plc and several other UK commodity focused funds over the years.

He is a past Chairman and a long standing Member of the FTSE Gold Mines Index Committee and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments.

Professor Alderman Michael Mainelli (on Sabbatical while he serves a term as Lord Mayor of London)

Non-Executive Director

Michael is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT. Michael’s natural resources experience dates from 1979 directing research on mapping and satellite imagery that led to him starting companies in seismology, cartography, and oil & gas information for a Swiss firm. In the early 1980s Michael initiated and ran a multi-million dollar oil industry consortium (major partners included Shell, BP, Chevron and Elf Aquitaine) that produced Geodat and MundoCart, which remain standard oil industry datasets for cartography. Michael’s previous roles include several years as a Senior Partner and board member of one of the leading accountancy firms directing global consulting work, and serving as a Director of UK Ministry of Defence research.

During a spell in mergers & acquisitions with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Michael co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank, where he is Executive Chairman. Michael is a non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, Emeritus Professor & Life Fellow at Gresham College, Fellow of Goodenough College, Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, Visiting Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, Alderman for Broad Street Ward, and Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021. Michael has been a non-executive Director of Wishbone since its formation.