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 is Chairman of Valereum Blockchain Plc which is developing innovative DeFI products.
Previously Richard has been a merchant banker at Samuel Montagu & Co, a management consultant at Arthur D. Little and in the European Leadershio Team of Electronic Data Systems.
He is currently Chairman of Valereum Blockchain Plc and a director of Cannon Street Investments and NQ Minerals Plc.
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 culminated Geodat and MundoCart, 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 Sirius Minerals since 2005.
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. Alan is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Trustee diploma).
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
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 currently the Chairman of the FTSE Gold Mines Index Committee and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments.