Ian David Cockerill (b. 1954)
Ian has nearly 40 years of experience in the mining industry, having been responsible for business development at AngloGold, and CEO of both Gold Fields Ltd and AngloCoal, between 1997 and 2009. He is currently Executive Chairman of Petmin Ltd, an AIM and JSE mining company concentrating on bulk commodities, a Non-Executive Director of Orica Ltd in Australia, the Senior Lead Independent Director of Ivanplats Ltd, Vice-chairman of African Minerals Ltd, and an advisor to several other companies associated with the natural resources sector. In addition, Ian is Chairman of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa (“LCA”) a not for profit organisation promoting sustainable employment opportunities, linked to conservation projects, across the African continent.
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 thirty years global exploration experience. He has worked with a number of mining and exploration companies such as Placer Dome Inc, Outkumpu Mining and AMAX Exploration. David has broad experience in the exploration and assessment of gold deposits, including all major gold deposit types, as well as in the exploration and assessment of deposits of gemstones, major base metals and energy minerals, with a major focus on Africa. He is credited with the discovery of the Chirano 5-6m ounce gold mine in Ghana.
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 19 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.