Mr. Bridgen started his career in 1975 as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick Mitchell). In 1979, he moved to RTZ Borax and thereafter, in 1981 became senior group accountant at Rio Tinto Group Head Office. In 1985, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Business Evaluation Department for the Rio Tinto Group. In 1990-1993, he was Group Planning Manager at RTZ Pillar. In the mid-1990s, he was a finance director at Dragon Management and then at Bakyrchik Gold Plc. In 1998, Mr Bridgen started his own business and founded Hambledon Mining Plc, acquired Sekisovskoye gold project and took the project through exploration, listing on the London AIM stock exchange, construction of the process plant and into full operations. In 2001, he also founded the operating company Satimola Limited which has raised US$80m for the exploration and a feasibility study of the borate and potash deposit in Western Kazakhstan. Since 2006 Nicholas has been a director and more recently, CEO of Ferro-Alloy Resources Limited. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Exeter University, is a Chartered Accountant and studied corporate finance at London Business School. In addition to English, he speaks Russian and French.
Andrey started his career in 1981 as an industrial engineer at Kirov Engineering Plant in Almaty. Later he was a general director of the Almaty NTTM “Kontakt” centre. In 1995-1996, he was the CEO of local Alfa-Bank (Kazakhstan subsidiary unit of Russian bank). Since 2006, Andrey has been general director of Firma Balausa LLC. He holds a Specialist’s degree in electrical engineering from Bauman Moscow State Technical University (formerly Bauman Moscow Higher technical school) and a PhD in informal mathematical logic. He also studied at management department of Coventry University. He has a certificate on securities market from the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Chris Thomas has spent over 25 years in the communications industry. He has spent the majority of his time working for BBDO and Proximity. He has held management positions in advertising agencies since 1996. From 2001 he was CEO of Proximity London - one of the largest direct and digital agencies in London. In January 2006, Chris was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of BBDO and Proximity in Asia. In 2011 Chris added the BBDO agencies in the Middle East and Africa to his responsibilities and became the Chairman of Proximity. In May 2015, Chris moved to New York to take up the role of CEO of BBDO in the Americas, with responsibility for 21 agencies in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He remains Chairman of I&S BBDO in Japan. He has worked with multiple global clients advising them on their global communications strategies. He also served on the board of Hambledon Mining - for over six years.
James started his career in 1986 in accounting practice, moved to trust management with Mercator Trust Company and then became managing director and majority shareholder of FIFO Trust Limited. He is currently a director and majority shareholder of Accounts For You Limited, a Guernsey accountancy firm. He is finance director of Mineks International Limited, a leading M&A company, and of Blossom Fields Care Home Limited as well as several other directorships. James is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute IAQ and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors as well his accounting audit and tax experience.