Emmerson is led by a highly-qualified team with extensive sector and regional experience.


Graham is a highly experienced potash mining executive with extensive experience managing large multi-disciplinary teams for underground fertiliser mines. During his 26 years at Cleveland Potash, which owned the Boulby Potash Mine in Yorkshire, Graham held multiple positions from Graduate Trainee through to Director of Mining and, finally, as Managing Director of ICL UK (the owner of Cleveland Potash) with full operational responsibility. At Boulby, Graham was responsible for numerous operational improvements which resulted in both operational efficiency and profitability enhancements, but also shaped a safety-first culture driven by prudent risk management and best practice operational procedure. From 2011 until early 2020, Graham was a key member of the senior executive team at Sirius Minerals, overseeing all technical aspects of the development of the Woodsmith Mine, moving it successfully from concept, through various phases of study and design, into construction. The Woodsmith Mine is one of the largest and most complex underground mine developments in the United Kingdom for a generation and Graham was an instrumental member of the team in delivering numerous positive outcomes including all technical and engineering work, but also the receipt of permissions to build the mine following years intensive stakeholder engagement.

An experienced mining executive with ~15 years’ experience in mining, private equity and investment banking. Most recently he was Head of Corporate and Technical Services (Geology, Mining and Processing) at ASX listed potash developer Highfield Resources. Prior to this, Hayden was Head of Corporate for ASX listed Papillon Resources which was sold to B2Gold in 2014 for $650 million. Hayden studied engineering, commerce and geology.

Led Moroccan Salts Limited since its inception in 2013. Rob has 18 years’ commercial experience in mining including five years with Xstrata in various strategy roles, and as MD and CEO of ASX listed Manhattan Corporation Limited and Haranga Resources Limited. He is a Director and founding partner of Starboard Global, a natural resource PE group based in Hong Kong and holds a PhD in mineral engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

James Kelly has nearly 20 years’ experience in the mining and natural resource industry, with extensive experience in corporate finance, strategy and capital allocation. James is non-executive chairman and founder of Trident Royalties plc, a growth focused, diversified mining royalty and streaming company. Prior to founding Trident, James was a senior member of the Xstrata Plc group business development team and following the merger with Glencore Plc, was part of the team which founded Greenstone Resources LP, a mining private equity fund focused on post-exploration development assets. James served as an Executive Director of ASX listed Cradle Resources Limited from May 2016 to July 2017 having been appointed a Non-Executive Director in February 2016. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and holds a BA (Hons) from University College London.

In the course of a diplomatic career of more than 25 years, Rupert Joy has served at UK diplomatic missions in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Iraq, and as British Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He has over seven years’ experience as a diplomat in Morocco, as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Rabat from 2000-03 and as EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Rabat from 2013-17. As EU Ambassador, he worked to build on Europe’s multi-faceted strategic partnership with Morocco at a senior level in a wide range of areas, with a strong focus on sustainable development. Mr. Joy has worked as an independent consultant for the past four years, providing support to UK government departments and private clients on issues relating to regional stability, investment, security, and migration in North Africa. He speaks French and Arabic.


A qualified accountant with ~10 years’ experience in mining and investment banking. Most recently, he was Manager of Corporate Strategy of ASX listed potash developer Highfield Resources.

A Moroccan national with a Masters of Business Administration and nearly 10 years’ experience in the mining sector including with Moroccan based tin developer Kasbah Resources. .

A geologist and Moroccan national with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of commodities including potash. Previously worked for ASX listed Kasbah Resources as well as a number of Moroccan mining entities including Managem.

A geologist with 20 years’ experience in industrial minerals, primarily evaporite minerals. Formerly project geologist for worldwide exploration with Rio Tinto PLC. Extensive experience in Khemisset Basin and other Triassic – Liassic salt basins of Morocco.

Mr Hamdioui, a Moroccan national, with more than 16 year professional experience. He is the co-founder of MSL Minerals Limited, and has been involved with the Khemisset Project since 2014 focussing on national stakeholder engagement and management.