Richards was seconded to lead Rio Tinto’s legal operations in December after former boss Debra Valentine saw her contract “terminated”.

The FTSE 100 giant announced in November that Valentine had “stepped down” from the position amid an investigation into contractual mining payments made in 2011 totalling $10.5m.

These payments were “made to a consultant providing advisory services on the Simandou project in Guinea”, according to a statement

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