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Richard Ralph

Richard Ralph

Richard Ralph

Former senior career diplomat and mining company chairman. Ambassador to 3 countries, including Peru. Strong track record in British trade and investment promotion in emerging or transitional markets. Energetic and resourceful, with outstanding personal and managerial skills. Fluent in Spanish and French.

Career highlights

• British Ambassador to Peru 2003-6. Worked closely with other leading mining country ambassadors, the mining majors, and government to promote a more business friendly regime in one of the world’s foremost mining countries.

• British Ambassador to Romania 1999-2002. Played a key role in steering Romania towards NATO and the EU. Instrumental in Mittal’s landmark acquisition of the Romanian national steel company.

• Governor of the Falkland Islands 1996-9 during a period of détente with Argentina, economic prosperity, and the first Falklands oil exploration round. Presided over constitutional reform and modernisation of the Falklands Government’s administrative system.

• Ambassador to Latvia 1993-6. Provided crucial diplomatic support for Cable and Wireless’ acquisition of the national terrestrial telephone company, Lattelekom, the biggest such deal of the year in Central Europe.

• Senior appointments in the FCO’s HR division 1986-9. As such, responsible for senior career management, and the efficient staffing of the Service at home and abroad.

• Previous postings in Washington as Congressional liaison, Zimbabwe, Portugal and Laos.

• Most recently, Chairman of Monterrico Metals plc, 2006-8, an AIM-listed copper mining company, before and after
its successful acquisition by a major Chinese mining consortium.

Key skills and experience

• Strong record of supporting British trade and investment in emerging and transition economies
• Sophisticated understanding of the interface between business and government in different countries and systems
• Very fresh first hand experience of the private sector
• Highly developed analytical, negotiating, influencing and presentational skills
• Outstanding managerial and HR experience
• Pragmatic, results-orientated, unstuffy, with a sense of humour.

Personal Details

• Masters in Politics from Edinburgh University
• Languages (varying levels) – Spanish, French, Portuguese, German

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