Board

Russell King

Russell King (b. 1957)

Non-Executive Chairman

Russell is Senior Independent Director of Spectris plc and Interserve plc and an Independent Non-Executive Director of BDO LLP. Between 2010 and 2013 he was a Senior Advisor to RBC Capital Markets on Metals and Mining. Prior to this, Russell served as Chief Strategy Officer at Anglo American plc where he had global responsibility for strategy, business development, government relations, safety and sustainable development. He was also a member of Anglo American’s executive committee for eight years. Additionally, Russell was Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc, the FTSE 100 temporary power company, from February 2007 to April 2017.


Daniel Betts

Daniel Betts (b. 1975)

Managing Director

Daniel founded Hummingbird in November 2005. After graduating from Nottingham University he worked for Accenture Management Consultants until he joined the Betts family business in 2000. Founded in 1760, the family business is the oldest privately-owned gold bullion smelters and refiners in the country. The company has a long history of trading across the world and in dealing in all areas of the precious metal industry. While working for the Betts family business, Daniel established a number of natural resource based businesses in Uganda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Peru, before founding Hummingbird Resources in 2005.


Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill (b. 1976)

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Thomas joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in September 2010 and was appointed as Finance Director in July 2012.  Prior to this Thomas was a senior manager within BDO LLP’s natural resources department, where he worked extensively with quoted mining and exploration companies and was involved with numerous flotations and other corporate transactions. He has a metallurgy, economics and management degree from Trinity College, Oxford and qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO LLP in 2001.


Stephen Betts

Stephen Betts (b. 1950)

Non-Executive Director

Stephen founded Hummingbird Resources in November 2005. He has over 40 years’ experience in trading with gold and related businesses in developing countries, having established several businesses in West Africa during his career. He is the Chairman of the Stephen Betts group of companies. The family business has over 250 years’ history in smelting, refining and bullion dealing.


David Straker-Smith

David Straker-Smith (b. 1959)

Non-Executive Director

David Straker-Smith is a Director of CrossBorder Capital Ltd, which he joined in April 1999. CrossBorder Capital is a London-based investment research and advisory firm regulated by the FCA. Previously, he worked at ING Barings Securities Ltd from 1996 to 1999, where he was Head of Equity Sales for Eastern Europe, and at Gerrard & National Holdings plc from 1980 until 1995, a firm which operated as a discount house, futures broker, money broker, stockbroker and fund manager. During his time at Gerrard & National Holdings plc, he became a main Board Director and active Fund Manager. He is a Director of New Vision Management Limited, a Dublin regulated management company, and a Director of Nomad Energy UK Limited.


Attie Roux

Attie Roux (b. 1958)

Non-Executive Director

Mr Adriaan (Attie) Roux is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 42 years Operational, Technical and Executive Management experience in the Mining Industry.  Attie was previously the COO of Endeavour Mining where he was instrumental in its development and growth. He has been internal director in a number of Companies such as Anglogold Ashanti and Endeavour.  He is a Registered Professional with the SA Council for Natural Scientific Professions.  Mr Roux also serves as Chairman of the TAC.


Ernie Nutter

Ernie Nutter (b. 1953)

Non-Executive Director

Mr Ernest (Ernie) Nutter is a highly regarded mining analyst, formerly with one of the world’s largest money managers, Capital Group, from 2004 until his retirement in 2017.  Prior to this, he spent over 13 years with the Royal Bank of Canada where he was Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, Director of RBC’s Global Mining Research team and former Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities’ (now RBC Capital Markets) Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Nutter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Dalhousie University.