The Right Honourable Peter Hain MP joined Amara Mining "in March 2013. He brings over 22 years of international experience to the Company, including a great depth of expertise and understanding of Africa and African politics through his role as Minister of State at the Foreign Office from 1999 to 2002. During his time at the Foreign Office, when he was responsible for African affairs, Peter worked closely with the Sierra Leone government and was involved in a number of key initiatives and negotiations to bring stability to the country and facilitate a strong working relationship with the UK. Peter began his political career in 1991 when he was elected as the Labour MP for the Neath constituency in South Wales, a traditional mining area. He was a member of the Labour government between 1997-2008 and 2009-2010, serving in the Department of Trade and Industry, as Minister for Energy (including Mining) and the Wales Office, as well as the Foreign Office. He held the posts of Secretary of State for Wales, Leader of the Commons, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, before leaving the Labour frontbench in 2012. "