Terence Gregory
Chief executive officer

Appointed September 2010
Committees: Social and Ethics, Investment

Terence is a business executive with many years of board level experience in both the corporate and SME (small and medium enterprise) environments. He was previously employed by prestigious organisations such as Mercedes-Benz SA, AFGRI, Imperial and McCarthy and as an entrepreneur, was responsible for the development in South Africa of the Citroen and SsangYong organisations. He is a strategy and turn-around specialist with a track record of successful turnaround engagements.

Ecsponent Financial Director
Dirk van der Merwe
Group financial director

Appointed February 2018
Committees: Social and Ethics, Investment

Dirk van der Merwe served as the Group’s financial director from September 2010 to December 2015 and acted as Company Secretary from 1 June 2016. He was re-appointed as Financial Director in February 2018. Dirk is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (non-practising). He has gained experience across a wide range of industries and organisations during his career which included a decade at one of the big four international auditing firms. Dirk’s experience includes financial statement audits and financial reporting for a wide range of entities including publicly traded entities, governance and control assessments, assurance services for large IT projects, risk management and exposure to corporate finance disciplines.

Richard Connellan
Independent non-executive chairman

Appointed February 2011
Committees: Remuneration & Nominations

Richard provides the group with a wealth of experience and is a well-respected figure in the South African listed environment. Formerly the executive director of the Takeover Regulations Panel (TRP) (Securities Regulation Panel), Richard is currently a consultant to corporate finance practitioners and the Takeover Regulation Panel. He teaches takeover law in conjunction with KAR Presentations and is the co-author of Commentary on South African Takeover Law (2015). He was a member of the King Task group looking into Insider Trading Legislation, a member of the King III Committee on Corporate Governance (chairman of the Takeovers and Mergers Subcommittee) and was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Company Law. In addition, Richard is an elected fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and an elected member of the South African Institute of Stockbrokers (non-broking).

George Manyere
Non-executive vice chairman

Appointed March 2017
Committees: Remuneration and Nominations, Investment

George was appointed to the board as non-executive vice chairman in March 2017. Until recently, he was group CEO at Brainworks Limited – a Mauritian registered investment holding company which George founded in 2008. Brainworks’ focus is on investments in the Zimbabwean hospitality, real estate, financial services and logistics sectors. Prior to founding Brainworks, George was an investment professional with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), headquartered in Washington DC.

Keith Rayner
Independent non-executive director

Appointed January 2011
Committees: Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nominations (chair), Investment (chair)

Keith is a member of the JSE Limited’s (JSE) Issuer Regulation Advisory Committee and assisted the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) with the compilation of regulations concerning fundamental transactions in the 2008 Companies Act. Widely recognised as an expert on the JSE’s Listings Requirements and the Companies Act, Keith leverages his experience and knowledge advising the Ecsponent board. In addition to numerous non-executive board appointments, Keith educates JSE-approved advisors and is at the forefront of developments regarding the JSE’s listing requirements developments. Additionally, he is a non-independent director on Sibanye Gold Ltd’s board of directors, a fellow of the IODSA, a non-broking member of the Institute of South African Stock Brokers. Keith is also a member of IAS and a past member of SAICA’s APC.

Brandon Topham
Independent non-executive director

Appointed November 2010
Committees: Audit and Risk (chair), Social and Ethics

Brandon is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, an admitted solicitor in England and Wales, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (USA). Brandon has served as a director of many companies and still serves on the boards of Telemasters Holdings Limited and Seesa (Pty) Limited. As a forensic accountant, he has acted as an inspector for the Financial Services Board and has also worked with other regulators and government departments.

Patrick Matute
Non-executive director

Appointed March 2017
Committees: Social and Ethics

Patrick is a seasoned investment professional with experience in corporate finance advisory and private equity. He is well-known and respected in the South African and African financial markets, with many years’ experience in finance and equity. Additionally, he has more than nine years’ experience in mining resources and general corporate finance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Willem Oberholzer
Independent non-executive director

Appointed March 2017
Committees: Audit and Risk, Social and Ethics (chair), Investment

Willem has 20 years’ experience in start-ups, company formations, company turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, complex tax structures, tax dispute resolutions and tax litigation. While holding several directorships, he also lectures on Taxation at Masters level at the University of Pretoria.