John Murray

Managing Director

Tel: +44 20 7764 0703
Mobile: +44 7776 234 549

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John Murray is the founding principal of Swann Global, with more than 35 years of experience in the natural resources and executive search industries. His past involvements and wealth of knowledge enables him to understand, define and accurately meet the needs of his clients and candidates. As a result, John enjoys close working relationships with key organisations and leaders within the global natural resources industry and is regularly invited to conduct Board assessments of companies operating in North America, Europe and Australasia. 


John has a prominent international reputation for the way he adds value to those who seek his confidential advice and services.  He is known for his forthright assessments often challenging the status quo. His time spent studying at Harvard in the 90's was instrumental in developing his strategic global perspective. He has a passion for advocating diversity and inclusion at both Executive and Board levels with a strong belief that diverse ways of thinking optimises company’s performance.


As a founding member of the Melbourne Mining Club, John has contributed to the growth of this pre-eminent forum for the global natural resources community. 


Expert Insights

Where to, for the Resources Industry? - July 2011

Infrastructure Spending in the Developing World - May 2011 

Interim Management Opportunities - May 2011

Changes in Sourcing Talent in the New Millennium - May 2011

Winning the Talent War in the Resources Sector - March 2009

Employment Branding: Is The Mining Industry Doing Enough? - February 2009.


Tom Harris

Manager – Client Services

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Joining Swann in 2012, Tom moved to London in 2014 where he is now head of Swann's Research Team for the EMEA region, while also managing the region’s Client Services function. In this role, he oversees the effective delivery to Swann’s clients of executive search and consulting assignments originating in the EMEA region, and is the key point of contact for current clients. As part of Swann’s global research leadership team he liaises closely with other members of Swann’s Global Research Unit on matters relating to research innovation and strategy. Tom has been involved in some of Swann’s most high profile assignments and from mid-2014 to early 2016 he managed a global, multi-million dollar, multi-search project for a FTSE 100 mining company.

Immediately prior to Swann, Tom was engaged in teaching and research posts at The University of Melbourne where he was simultaneously writing a PhD in Articulatory Phonetics. He has many years’ experience in a range of research techniques and experimental design, including an in-depth knowledge of quantitative methods, the ‘R’ programming language and large database management. Additionally, Tom has a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and English Language from The University of Melbourne, has presented papers at conferences internationally and has had peer-reviewed journal articles published.

Tom has front-line management experience in some of Australia’s most successful hospitality companies. Having managed large and diverse teams, Tom understands the value of human capital, and believes that his success hinged on his ability to build and train exceptional teams. To add to his diverse skill set, Tom lived with his family on a 1000 acre beef cattle farm in Australia for a number of years.

Tom regularly attends conferences, seminars and events throughout London, constantly developing his technical knowledge in the natural resources space. He most recently attended Mines & Money London in December 2015 (


Dominic Mercer

Senior Associate - Research

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Dominic is currently a Senior Associate – Research at Swann Global. In this client-facing role, he leads executive searches for both senior executive, and non-executive board appointments. He is part of Swann’s global research team for consulting engagements, and provides technical and industry advice to the Swann team globally.

Before joining Swann, Dominic was Deputy Editor for the industry newspaper Mining Journal, spending 15 years at the organisation. During this time his coverage of the exploration and development sector allowed him to travel to all but one of the continents, visiting mine sites and exploration projects. Prior to this, he worked as an exploration geologist in Africa following his MSc at Imperial College. He has a deep understanding of the industry, building on his geological experience with interviewing chief executives and talking to fund managers, equity analysts, mine managers and exploration geologists across the globe.

Dominic has an MSc in Mineral Exploration from Imperial College Royal School of Mines, and BSc in Physical and Earth Sciences from the Polytechnic of Wales (now part of the University of South Wales).

He is Fellow of the Geological Society.


Dominic continues his interest in the exploration sector of the industry, noting a 2015 report from EY that highlighted the dangers of the current underfunding of minerals exploration: link

Dominic recently visited Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine in Devon, UK, the first metal mine to be built in the UK for 45 years: link

As part of the London team, Dominic attended the 2015 CRU Breakfast, a major event in the London Metals Week: link; and London Mines and Money conference: link


Janet Bewsey

Senior Associate - Research

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Janet is currently a Senior Associate – Research based in our London office where she leads Swann’s Inclusion & Diversity efforts. In her research capacity she leads C-Suite and non-executive director searches across the EMEA region. Janet also contributes to many of Swann’s global searches, to which she lends her knowledge of high-functioning female executives. Some of her advisory work includes promoting board-ready female professionals in corporate succession-planning strategies.

In 2006, Janet set up her own talent services company serving the mining industry, where she was Operations Director until she moved to Swann Global. Prior to this, she spent more than 20 years with an international entrepreneurial organisation where she was a member of the executive team. Her remit included due diligence and private investment in sectors such as private aviation manufacturing, natural resources, hospitality and shipping. As a result of her due-diligence work, Janet has first-hand experience of governance and policy issues in the board room.

Janet qualified as an accountant (USA) in the American commercial airline industry, where she specialised in engineering service maintenance and international training initiatives. These skills have underpinned her corporate career.

She will always find time to connect with female executive professionals. Several studies have proved that board diversity has strongly contributed to good corporate performance. To build on gender diversity, Janet wants more companies to focus their efforts on building a gender balanced pipeline of senior executives, which will provide better internal role models and more board-ready skills. Janet was included in the Women In Mining publication “100 Global Inspirational Women In Mining 2013”. She is an active participant in Women in Mining UK and sits on their Nominations Committee. She enjoys presenting the career opportunities mining offers young people.

Richard Handke

Technical Advisor

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Richard joined Swann Global in 2004 initially as General Manager for the UK & Europe region and currently as Technical Advisor. His role is to aid the London business development and research teams with technical industry advice. He has a strong mining sector background with a solid understanding of the industry with strengths in project generation and evaluation, and strategic planning.

Richard is a geologist with more than 40 years of international experience in the mining sector. His early career involved diamond exploration in the Congo, cement raw material drilling evaluations in Nigeria, and opencast coal project evaluations in Scotland. As British Gypsum’s Regional Geologist – UK Midlands, he was responsible for the mine geology of three underground operations and exploration investigation of a new gypsum resource which is now a successful mining operation. In 1981, Richard joined BHP Minerals Exploration as a coal geologist and since then worked in different geographies within various branches of the company in roles like Senior Business Analyst and Principal Coal Geologist.

Richard also runs his independent consultancy practice working with major international companies and mining consultancies in China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Russia, Venezuela, Nigeria, the UK and Europe on coal, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification projects.

Richard has a B.Sc. Honours Geology degree from Dundee University, Scotland and is a Chartered Geologist.