Russell is Senior Independent Director of Spectris 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.
Dan 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. Since founding Hummingbird, Dan has successfully taken the Company from a grassroots exploration business to a listed, producing mining firm.
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 co-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 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.
- Technical Advisory
Adriaan (Attie) Roux is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 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. Attie also serves as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee.
- Technical Advisory
Ernie 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. Ernie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Dalhousie University and sits on the Technical Advisory Committee.
Head of Business Development
Bert joined Hummingbird in 2009 as Operations Manager, in charge with overseeing the development of the Dugbe Gold Project as it progressed from greenfield exploration to maiden resources. Following 18 months in the field, Bert spent 6 months in Monrovia as the acting Country Manager, overseeing all in-country activity, before returning to London in April 2011 as Hummingbird’s Head of Business Development. Bert is a Non-Executive Director of Cora Gold Ltd, which is listed on AIM with Hummingbird as a major shareholder.
Senior VP Project Delivery
Shaun is a mining executive with over 30 years’ experience in exploration, mining, processing and project development. Shaun has a BSc and GDip (Metallurgy) from WA School of Mines, and an MBA from Deakin University. Shaun has managed mining projects through all stages of development, from grass roots exploration, feasibility studies, financing, construction, commissioning and operations.
Wayne is a mining professional with 31 years’ experience in the mining industry, specialising in gold. A process engineer by background, he has worked for a number of the world’s leading engineering companies, including AMEC, Bateman and Signet, where he has extensive experience of managing EPCM contracts. He has also worked directly for gold mining companies such KBK Gold, where he was instrumental in their project execution. Wayne’s career has led him to have experience working in Africa, Asia and Australasia, with a focus on process engineering. Wayne therefore brings significant technical and project execution skills to the Hummingbird team.
William is a former ofﬁcer of the British Army having served in the Light Infantry. Following his army service he worked in the security sector for companies such as Control Risks, Rubicon and Salamanca Risk Management before joining Hummingbird Resources as Country Manager. William is experienced in the operational and logistical management of projects in challenging environments. In his capacity as VP Operations, he has been responsible for the establishment and ongoing running and development of all Hummingbird’s operational capability in Liberia and Mali.
Tim joined the Hummingbird team in April 2011 and has been responsible for implementing the accounting and reporting structures within the Group. In July 2014, he oversaw the integration of the Yanfolila Gold Project companies. Tim qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO LLP in 2009 and has 10 years’ accountancy experience, covering a range of sectors, including natural resource and engineering. He has extensive experience of IFRS and complex international groups, and has taken Hummingbird through exploration, development, and now construction phases. He has an MEng degree with distinction from Nottingham University in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with management studies.
David is a social scientist by training and has worked for Hummingbird since 2012. David has successfully project managed the Dugbe Gold Project Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to IFC Performance Standards, and a number of specialist baseline studies and impact assessments at Yanfolila Gold Project since 2014. David holds an MSc from London School of Economics (LSE) and a BSc from University College London (UCL). Prior to joining Hummingbird, David worked in sustainability research, with a focus on market governance and smallholder supply chains, consulting primarily to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). David has recently undertaken NEBOSH training and overseen the development of a comprehensive Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) at Yanfolila.
Murray has over 20 years’ experience as a mine (OP & UG), mineral resource and exploration geologist, specialising in international assignments at new or start-up operations in multi commodities (Cu-Ur, Pb-Zn-Ag, Au, & W). Murray has worked as a high-level manager, a geological and mining systems consultant, and an exploration (Gold porphyry systems and IRGS) and mine geologist.
General Manager - Finance & Administration
Saidou is broadl experienced in mine management, having worked inthe industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Hummingbird in 2016, Saidou held senior positions within administration and finance for companies including Avocet, Resolute and Glencore. He is well-versed in operating in West Africa, with superb governmental relations and knowledge of labour codes and financial institutions. Saidou holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Quebec, Canada.
The Company is subject to the corporate governance regime of the United Kingdom. The Directors acknowledge the importance of the guidelines set out in the Corporate Governance Code and the QCA Guidelines and therefore intend to comply with these so far as is appropriate having regard to the size and nature of the Company.
The board currently comprises seven members, two of whom are executive. The board meets regularly and is responsible for strategy, performance, approval of major capital projects and the framework of internal controls. To enable the board to discharge its duties, all Directors receive appropriate and timely information. Briefing papers are distributed to all Directors in advance of board meetings, and all Directors have access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary. The Articles of Association provide that Directors will be subject to re-election at the first opportunity after their appointment and they will voluntarily submit to re-election at intervals of three years. The Board is supported in its decision making by three committees:
The Audit Committee
The Audit Committee oversees and reviews the Company’s financial reporting and internal control processes, its relationship with external auditors and the conduct of the audit process together with its process for ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and corporate governance. The Company’s external auditors are invited to attend the meetings of the Committee on a regular basis. The Audit Committee comprises David Straker-Smith (Chairman), Ernie Nutter and Stephen Betts.
The Technical Advisory Committee
The Technical Advisory Committee acts as an independent body of experts for the Company in order to establish formal and transparent arrangements to assist the Company in assessing and guiding technical and operational performance. The TAC committee comprises Attie Roux, David Lunt, Shaun Bunn & John Meneghini.
The ESG Committee
The Environment, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) Committee acts as an independent body of experts to establish formal and transparent arrangements for considering how the Board should assist the Company to meet its commitments under the Group’s ESG Policy, complying with its obligations concerning occupational and community health and safety, environmental performance and compliance, and community engagement. The ESG committee comprises of Kate Harcourt, Edward Bickham and David Hebditch.