Russell King (b. 1957)
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 a Non-Executive Director of Interserve plc, Sepura plc and Spectris plc.
Daniel Edward Betts (b. 1975)
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, and it has a long history of trading across the world and dealing in all areas of the precious metal industry. Whilst working for the Betts family business Daniel established a number of natural resource based businesses in Uganda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Peru, before starting Hummingbird Resources in 2005.
William Benjamin Thurston Cook (b. 1973)
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 Operations Director he has been responsible for the establishment and ongoing running and development of all of Hummingbird’s operational capability in Liberia, as well as more recently for the general oversight of the DFS and ESIA.
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 Almgren Pelham (b. 1950)
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 been involved as Technical Director with new junior company start-ups and initiated numerous new exploration projects worldwide. He has worked in several West African countries, and oversaw the discovery and early evaluation of the +6 Moz Chirano Gold Mine in Ghana, as well as 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.
Stephen Alexander Betts (b. 1950)
Stephen co-founded the Company 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 Charles Idiens (b. 1970)
Matthew co-founded Hummingbird in November 2005 and he 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.