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.

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.