The Lord Daresbury

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter Daresbury has held numerous executive positions, including CEO from 1993 to 2000 of the Greenalls Group, which had an annual turnover of £983 million and a FTSE market capitalisation of £1.7 billion. In 2000 the company was re-named The De Vere Group plc, and Peter became Non-Executive Chairman, until he stood down in 2006. Peter was also Chairman of Aintree Racecourse for 25 years.

Peter is currently Chairman of AIM listed Nasstar PLC and Auriant Mining.


Karl Smithson

Chief Executive Officer

Karl Smithson was appointed as Stellar’s Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2007, having built the portfolio of Stellar’s assets within Mano River Resources since 2000. He led the listing of Stellar on AIM through a reverse takeover of West African Diamonds and has over the years successfully
raised over £15million in equity funding for Stellar.

Karl has 23 years of resource sector experience gained with a number of companies in senior management positions, including De Beers (10 years), SouthernEra Diamonds (2 years) and Mano River/Stellar (11 years). Karl’s working career has been focussed on diamond exploration and development in Africa and he has been responsible for a number of new diamond discoveries in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Karl is a geology graduate of Kingston University in the UK. He completed his MBA with distinction in 2006 at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, South Africa and was awarded with the Old Mutual Gold Medal.


Steven Poulton

Non-Executive Director

Steven is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Altus Strategies Ltd and a director of Altus Capital Ltd, the investment manager of Altus Resource Capital Ltd [LSE:ARCL] and Altus Global Gold Ltd [CISX:AGGL]. He holds an honours degree in geology from Southampton University and a master’s degree in mining geology from the Camborne School of Mines. Steven worked for Mano River between 1998 and 2005. In 2002 he co-founded Ariana Resources which listed on AIM in 2005 [AIM:AAU], in 2004 he founded African Aura Resources which listed on the TSX-V in 2008 and, through its merger with Mano River in 2009, created African Aura Mining which subsequently split into Afferro Mining [TSX-V/AIM:AFF] and Aureus Mining [TSE/AIM:AUE]. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a member of the Association of Mining Analysts.


Hansjörg Plaggemars

Non-executive Director

Mr. Plaggemars has been a member of the board of Deutsche Balaton since 2014. He has a wealth of experience across a range of industries where he has acted in a variety of roles including executive roles such as CFO, COO and chief restructuring officer as well as acting as a supervisory board member for a number of companies. Most recently Mr. Plaggemars was managing director of Unister Holding GmbH, a leading online travel agency in the region of Germany, Switzerland and Austria and prior to this Mr. Plaggemars was CFO of Müller Holding Ltd. & Co. KG, a leading German drugstore chain and and previously Chief Restructuring Officer and CFO for Kampa AG, one of Europe’s leading prefabricated house manufacturers. Mr Plaggemars also has a background in private equity and corporate finance and is a graduate of the University of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, in business economics.