Board

Russell King

Russell King (b. 1957)

Non-Executive Chairman

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


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.


David Pelham

David Pelham (b. 1950)

Non-Executive Director

David is a mineral geologist with over 35 years global exploration experience.  He has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.  He has worked in several West African countries, and oversaw the discovery and early evaluation of the +6 Moz Chirano Gold Mine in Ghana and Hummingbird’s 4.2 Moz Dugbe gold deposit in Liberia.  He has been closely involved with a number of major discoveries of gold, copper-cobalt, coal, iron ore, chrome and uranium.  Converted into in-situ gold-equivalent terms, these new discoveries add up to over 100 Moz of gold.  David is a Non-Executive Director of Cora Gold Ltd, which is listed on AIM with Hummingbird as a major shareholder.


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.


Matthew Idiens

Matthew Idiens (b. 1970)

Non-Executive Director

Matthew founded Hummingbird Resources in November 2005 and has 20 years’ experience in natural resource companies. He is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AIM-quoted Rose Petroleum plc and also Founder and Director of Seamwell International Ltd, a private company developing underground coal gasification (UCG) projects in China. From 1995 to 2001 he worked as an Associate Director at Laing and Cruickshank Investment Management, part of the Credit Lyonnais Group.


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.