About Us


Board of Directors

Denis Waddell, Chairman

Denis Waddell


Denis is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the management of exploration and mining companies. Denis founded Tanami Gold NL in 1994 and was involved with the Company as Managing Director and then Chairman and Non-Executive Director until 2012. Prior to founding Tanami Gold NL, Denis was the Finance Director of the Metana Minerals NL group. During the past 30 years, Denis has gained considerable experience in corporate finance and operations management of exploration and mining companies.

Errol Smart, Managing Director and CEO

Errol Smart

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals, a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation for JORC purposes. Errol has more than 24 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operation, with a key focus on gold and base metals. Errol has a wealth of public and private company corporate experience and has been on the founding teams and managed a number of exploration and mining companies throughout Africa and has had strong exposure to Australian projects. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals and LionGold Corporation. In his role at LionGold, Errol was responsible for project acquisition and growth of the company, which saw it become the first gold mining company to be listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Michael Hulmes

Non Executive Director

Michael is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ senior executive, management and corporate experience in mining operations and projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and China.  As former Managing Director Iberia Operations (Lundin Mining’s Iberian operations), Michael was responsible for the large 4.5Mtpa Neves-Carvo – VMS Copper Zinc and the 1.9Mtpa Aguablanca – Copper Nickel Mines in Portugal and Spain respectively.  Prior roles also include, General Manager Operations at the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea, COO for Citadel Resources during the development of the Jabal Sayid deposit in Saudi Arabia, General Manager – Australian Operations for Barrick Australia and General Manager of Plutonic Gold Mine in Western Australia.  Michael was most recently the General Manager of the Caijiaying Zinc/Gold Mine (Hebei Province, China) at Huaao Mining Industry Company.

Alexander Haller, Non Executive Director

Alexander Haller

Non Executive Director

Alexander is a partner of Zachary Capital Management, providing advisory services to a number of private investment companies including Silja Investment Ltd, focusing on the principal investment activities for these companies. From 2001 to 2007 Alexander worked in the corporate finance division at JPMorgan in the U.S, advising on corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as financing in both the equity and debt capital markets.

Mark Palmer, Non Executive Director

Mark Palmer

Non Executive Director

Mark has 12 years experience working with entities in Australia, including 8 years with Dominion Mining.  In 1994 Mark joined NM Rothschild & Sons Limited in the London mining project finance team assessing mines and projects globally.  In 1997 Mark moved to the investment banking team at UBS to focus on global mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing in the mining sector.  Mark ran the EMEA mining team at UBS for 8 years.  Mark joined Tembo Capital as Investment Director in 2015.