Henry Hall is an ERM Partner as well as the Managing Director of the Critical Resource team (acquired by ERM in March 2020). Having started from the bottom, Henry took over overall management of the team in 2021, with a particular focus on the mining side of the business.
Henry’s career has focused solely on political, stakeholder and reputational challenges facing mining and energy companies. In recent years he has worked on projects across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Client assignments Henry has led have included:
- assessments of above ground risk facing mining projects – to help inform multi-million and billion dollar investments decisions,
- advisory and coaching to assist clients to design and implement fit-for-purpose ESG strategies (to build resilience against risk and help secure finance,
- and development of plans (stakeholder engagement, benefits sharing, communications) to win the support of government, community and civil society stakeholders.
In addition to his expertise in geopolitics, Henry has a deep knowledge of the business environment for mining investors in a wide range of mining jurisdictions in the developing world, particularly in Africa and Latin America. He also has strong networks and connections among mining investors allowing him to reliably advise clients on what it takes to build trust and credibility with that audience. He also has very strong networks within the mining industry, which he frequently calls upon to assist clients.
Henry joined Critical Resource from africapractice where he spent a year working in Guinea on stakeholder engagement and communications at a large mining project. Henry started out as a freelance journalist and political commentator working with specialist publications, primarily focused on mining and energy investment in Africa. Before beginning his consultancy career Henry gained his MSc in in ‘Political Economy of Late Development’ at the London School of Economics, and worked on non-traditional security threats in the Indian Ocean region at the prestigious Stimson Centre in Washington DC. For his undergraduate degree, Henry earned a first-class MA in History and Politics at Edinburgh University.