Richard has more than 20 years experience in the mining industry, having begun his career with De Beers-Anglo American in South Africa. Richard then joined Rio Tinto's Diavik Diamonds Project (Diavik) at Lac de Gras in Canada, where he took the project from discovery to production. Richard also completed a large oil sands mining project in Alberta, Canada for Canadian Natural Resources Limited, an independent oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company.
Most recently, Richard was the Project Director for Resolution Copper, and was responsible for the pre-feasibility studies and associated on-site activities at the Resolution Project.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.