Hugh served as an officer in the Royal Marines over a period of some 20 years where he specialized in intelligence, military diplomacy, and international arms control. As a Royal Marines Commando he served on operational tours in various countries and participated in counter terror and counter narcotics operations in Belize and Northern Ireland. Hugh is a fully qualified and experienced Russian interpreter. On leaving the Marines, Hugh worked as a security and risk consultant specializing in resilience planning, disaster recovery and operational logistics.
Hugh is a PRINCE2 practitioner and experienced project manager. In 2005 Hugh commenced work in land and community relations and operations as one of the founders of Lydian International, and in potash exploration in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Hugh went on to become one of the co-founders and an original member of the executive board of Royal Road.
Hugh has wide experience in working with local communities and indigenous groups and establishing innovative and sustainable community development programs in Armenia, Kosovo, Georgia, Turkey and Ethiopia, which have focused on the training and development of workplace skills for local employees and providing opportunities for disadvantaged minority groups.
In Colombia Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly-owned Colombian companies Minerales Camino Real SAS founded in 2015 and Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS acquired from previous owners in 2019. In Argentina Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly owned Argentinian company, Minerales Camino Real Argentina. In Saudi Arabia and Morocco the Company operates through its 50% owned Saudi Arabian registered subsidiary, Royal Road Arabia.