GEOFFREY MICHAEL JENNETT (46) Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications: B.Comm, B.Comm (Hons), H.Dip. Acc, CA(SA)
Appointment Date: 1 January 2015
Committees: Board, Remuneration & Nomination, Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment and Social & Ethics
Geoff has had over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets, predominantly in the structured capital markets of investment banks, and more recently as the financial director of a smaller unlisted company.
GREG BOOYENS | Chief Financial Officer
Qualifications: B.Comm, B.Comm Acc (Hons), CA(SA)
Appointment Date: 1 January 2016
Committees: Board, Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment and Social & Ethics
Greg has over 12 years experience in the finance industry, eight of which were spent in the United Kingdom. Upon returning to South Africa he joined Delta Property Fund where he gained experience in the listed property sector. Greg was the CFO of Delta’s management company before being appointed as the CFO of Delta in July 2015.
ULANA VAN BILJON (47) Chief Operating Officer
Appointment date: 10 February 2012
Committees: Board, Investment and Social & Ethics
Ulana has just over 20 years’ experience in the property industry, in particular retail management, property management and asset management. Her experience relates to both the corporate and listed property fund environments.
BENEDICT JAMES VAN DER ROSS (67) Non-executive Chairman
Qualifications: Dip Law
Appointment date: 20 October 2003
Committees: Remuneration and Nominations Committee
Ben was admitted to the Cape Bar as attorney in 1970 and practised law for his own account until 1988. He has served as a director of various companies including executive director for the Urban Foundation and Independent Development Trust. He currently serves on a number of boards including those of FirstRand Limited, Naspers Limited, Distell Group Limited, Lewis Group Limited, Pick n Pay Limited and MMI Holdings Limited. Ben is the Chairman of STREM. He was appointed Commissioner to the First Independent Electoral Commission by the State President on the advice of the Transitional Executive Council and subsequently served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Development Trust and acting Chief Executive Officer of South African Rail Commuter Corporation.
MICHAEL SIMPSON AITKEN (57) Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BA, LLB
Appointment date: 16 April 2007
Michael has over 20 years’ experience in property-related activities, with specific expertise in asset and fund management related to directly held and listed property vehicles. Currently he is Managing Director of Corovest Property Group and immediate past Chairman of Hyprop Investments Limited.
WAYNE MCCURRIE (54) Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Appointment date: 10 December 2008
Committees: Finance Sub-committee Chairman
Wayne started his career in the financial services industry in 1988, when he joined Lifegro Limited as a management accountant. Lifegro was subsequently taken over by the Momentum Group in 1989 where he stayed until it was incorporated into RMB Asset Management in 1994. He left RMB Asset Management for Sage in 2002 and re-joined the FirstRand Group in 2004 as Managing Director of Momentum International Multi-Managers. He joined the RMB Asset Management investment team as an investment professional on 1 March 2008, where he managed various retirement fund portfolios. He currently manages private client portfolios for Momentum Wealth.
VUYISA NKONYENI (45) Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BSc (InfProc), BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, CA(SA)
Appointment date: 24 August 2011
Vuyisa has more than 15 years’ experience in investment banking and private equity. He is a chartered accountant by training having served his training contract with PriceWaterhouse, which he completed in 1996. Subsequent to his training, he joined Deutsche Bank in 1997 where he gained investment banking experience primarily in corporate and project finance advisory work over a four-year period. He has also served as the Financial Director of Worldwide African Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Director at Actis LLP.
BRYAN HUGH KENT (69) Lead Independent Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BCom, FCMA, CA(SA)
Appointment date: 16 April 2007
Committees: Audit Committee and Risk Committee Chairman, Remuneration and Nominations Committee, Finance Sub-committee
Bryan is a financial business consultant with considerable experience in property matters and financial structuring, and was previously a partner at PriceWaterhouse. He is currently a non-executive director of Set Point Group Holdings Limited, Cadiz Holdings Limited, Raubex Limited and Anchor Yeast (Pty) Ltd and Non-executive Chairman of Country Bird Holdings Limited.
MATTHYS STEFANUS BENJAMIN NESER (58) Independent Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BSc (Building Management), MBA
Appointment date: 20 October 2003
Thys has been involved with the Abcon group of companies since 1981 and is currently Chairman of the Pivotal Fund. He is active in the residential and commercial property field as well as in other business ventures.
VUSUMUZI MAHLANGU (44) Independent Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BSc Eng (Chem), MBA (Harvard)
Appointment date: 24 June 2010
Committees: Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Remuneration and Nominations Committee Chairman, Finance Sub-committee
Vusumuzi is a former investment banker with over 15 years’ experience. He is a founder and director of Tamela Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a black owned and managed investment company with interests in the manufacturing, industrial and financial services sectors. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Makalani where he pioneered mezzanine funding in South Africa by launching the first specialised mezzanine fund, which was listed on the JSE Limited. Prior to joining Makalani he worked for Investec in their specialised finance division. Vusi started his career at African Oxygen Limited where he worked as a process engineer and later as a production manager.
NOCAWE EUSTACIA MAKIWANE (55) Independent Non-executive Director
Qualifications: BSocScience (UCT), BA (Hons) Economics (Wits), Executive Leadership Programme (Wharton Business School), MBA (University of Exeter)
Appointment date: 24 August 2006
Committees: Audit Committee and Risk Committee
Nocawe is a former portfolio manager at Stanlib Asset Management. Currently she serves as a non-executive director of Xau Investments (Pty) Ltd, Women in Capital Growth (Pty) Ltd, Pacific Breeze Trading and Scientia Financial Services (Pty) Ltd. She is an executive director of AM Mfolozi Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
GERHARD VAN ZYL (55) Independent Non-executive Director
Qualifications: B Eng, B Eng (Hons), Hons B (B&A), MBA
Appointment date: 10 September 2013
Committee: Finance Sub-committee
Gerhard brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial property industry having been the CEO of a listed property fund. He also was the SAPOA president in 2003/4.
Chief Operating Officer
ULANA VAN BILJON
WESTERN & EASTERN CAPE / KZN URBAN
PRETORIA & BLOEMFONTEIN
JOHANNESBURG RETAIL & OFFICE
JHB OFFICE & INDUSTRIAL
KZN, RURAL & BFN RETAIL
ACQUISITION & DISPOSAL MANAGER