Richard Usher and Liam Hunter-Felton established Refined Search in 2013, using their experience and knowledge of how search is delivered in other markets and recognising that the bar can be raised in commodities search.

In order to continue Refined Search’s growth and development, we hired Asad Khan, London’s leading Fixed Income Search Consultant to grow a Financial Markets Search practice and to advise on the continued development of the Commodities Search practice.

Richard Usher

Managing Partner Asia-Pacific
Global Practice Leader, Metals & Mining

Richard is responsible for managing Refined Search’s global Metals & Mining practice and local activities in Asia-Pacific.

Richard has over a decade of Executive Search experience, specialising in Metals and Mining. Over the course of his career, Richard has helped a core group of Mining, Commodity Trading, Financial Services and Investment Management companies grow, develop and resource their businesses. He has an extensive track record and has delivered searches in over twenty countries.

Richard holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Nottingham. Prior to starting his career in Executive Search, he worked on several engineering projects in the UK and Australia.

Liam Hunter-Felton

Managing Partner EMEA
Global Practice Leader, Energy & Agriculture

Liam is responsible for managing Refined Search’s client base across the Energy and Agricultural markets.

Liam advises global trading groups, oil majors, utilities, risk managers and corporate clients about upskilling their existing talent, and broadening into new markets and geographies. He has built an extensive global network and has a track record of executing searches in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Liam places significant value in understanding a client’s culture. This is reflected in the long-standing client relationships he holds and the investment he makes in developing new ones. Prior to his career in commodities search, Liam worked in the fashion industry, a passion he maintains to this day.

Asad Khan

Senior Partner
Global Head of Financial Markets

Asad Khan is a Senior Partner and heads up our Financial Markets practice. Asad’s career started in banking, before working in Executive Search in 1993.

He has worked with Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers globally, successfully completing some of the most sensitive and high profile mandates in the most challenging markets. Asad has helped his clients increase their presence in Financial Services and dominate their rankings in the league tables by delivering exceptional talent and advice.

Asad was hired by Refined Search to bring his exacting principles and exceptional experience of financial markets search to the group, allowing us to continue to evolve and grow our service to our clients within the commodities arena whilst also offering our multi-asset clients much broader coverage.