Peter is a qualified attorney and began his career as the senior tax manager at Arthur Andersen and Associates in Johannesburg. He joined TWS Rubin Ferguson in 1993 as a tax partner and was instrumental in listing several companies on the JSE. The practice was focused on the property and finance industry.
In 2000, Peter established Osiris International Trustees Limited in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) to provide international trust and corporate administrative services to global clients.
Peter held a Non-Executive Director position at Redefine International Limited from the initial listing for some 9 years and served for several years as Audit Committee Chairman. Peter has been involved with Grit since inception on the SEM and has otherwise been involved in the property industry for many years, both in South Africa, but also in the UK and in Africa. Peter has also extensive corporate finance experience with regards to listing of companies on various exchanges including the JSE, LSE and SEM.
Ian holds a BCom (Honours) in Real Estate Investment, Valuation and Development and has over 41 years of experience with financial institutions, including Standard Bank of South Africa and Nedbank with a specific focus on Real Estate Credit Risk. He has extensive knowledge of the real estate sector’s key role players, business sector and geographic nodes. Ian has managed portfolios in excess of R80 billion during changing economic cycles and managing problematic properties in economic downturns. It is Ian’s expertise and knowledge that have seen him previously hold the position of Head of Credit for Real Estate.
CA (SA), BBusSci (Fin), CTA
Accredited SAICA Assessor
Matshepo is the Chief Financial Officer of South Africa’s largest asset management firm, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). A qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), Matshepo has a solid financial experience in the asset management industry and the property sector. As a CFO, she is responsible for providing leadership to ensure that the PIC’s financial objectives are met. Similarly she is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of finance and accounting functions within the organisation, which includes a property portfolio valued at almost R40 billion. Before appointed CFO, Matshepo was a Senior Manager for the erstwhile PIC Real Estate Asset Managers, now PIC Properties, where her responsibilities included budgeting for and monitoring financial sustainability of the Properties business.
Her property experience extends beyond operations. She sits on Boards of Pareto – a company with substantial exposure to retail and mixed use properties across South Africa; Grit Real Estate Income Group – a property income fund dually-listed in Mauritius and Johannesburg with properties in selected African countries; and was previously a member of the CBS Properties Board and Comprop. She is a member of the Boards of the PIC, Industrial Development Corporation and Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors and is an affiliate of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Advancement of Black Accountants in Southern Africa.
Matshepo’ has previously worked for the multinational auditing firm, Deloitte and was seconded to its New York Office, where she serviced Blackstone – an asset management firm with strong focus on private equity and real estate. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours, CA option) and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Honours (CTA).
Nomzamo is the Chief Executive Officer of JHI Properties, one of South Africa’s leading property services companies. Her personal affiliations include registration with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and membership of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), South African Council of Shopping Centres and Women’s Property Network (WPN).
She is a former chief investment officer of Pareto Limited, a well-established property company and a leader in the retail property industry in South Africa.
Prior to joining Pareto, Nomzamo worked in the National Treasury’s Asset and Liability Unit (within the Asset Management division) where her key responsibilities included the monitoring of the financial performance of state-owned enterprises, the facilitation of Government’s restructuring initiatives for SOE’s and the promulgation of the Auditing Profession Act. Between 2001 and 2004 she worked in the Sasol Group treasury unit as a Treasury Operations Manager, playing an important role in managing the company’s treasury risks and developing treasury management systems. She completed her articles with KPMG Inc.
Catherine is a Mauritian citizen and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and has been a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1992. She served her Articles at Ernst & Young in Johannesburg and then joined the Investment Banking industry. She has held senior positions in corporate and specialized finance for Ridge Corporate Finance, BoE NatWest and BoE Merchant Bank in Johannesburg. She returned to Mauritius in 2004 to join Investec Bank where she was Head of Banking until 2010.
She has been an independent non-executive director and a member of various committees for several public and private companies in Mauritius including AfrAsia Bank Limited, Les Gaz Industriels Limited and The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co Limited. She has also been a member of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Her current board memberships as an independent non-executive director are CIEL Limited, Anchor Capital (Mauritius) Limited and Astoria Investments Limited. Catherine is a Fellow Member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors.
Paul is a qualified chartered accountant and qualified chartered tax adviser with over 30 years of experience in the real estate and financial sectors. He serves as a non-executive director of Town Centre Securities plc, a premium listed property investment and development company on the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) with property assets in excess of £390 million. Paul is also a non-executive director at Galliard Homes Ltd, a major UK home builder with a development pipeline of circa £3.5 billion. In addition, Paul holds numerous non-executive directorships which includes, amongst others, Life Residential – a privately owned residential estate agency. He is also a member of the Norwood charity property committee.
In addition to years of professional advice to third parties within his areas of skill and experience, Paul’s prior board experience includes being finance director at 3 listed companies on the LSE being Asda Property Holdings plc (a property company specialising in commercial and residential investment and development), Regent Inns plc, (a managed pub company) and Grantchester Holdings plc, (a property company specialising in UK retail warehouses) as well as being a non-executive director at JCRA Group Ltd, the holding company of J C Rathbone Associates Ltd, the independent advisers on interest rate risk management, debt finance and foreign exchange exposure.
Chief Executive Officer
BCom (Acc) (Univ. of Natal, PMB), CA(SA)
Bronwyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Grit Real Estate Income Group, the largest pan African focused real estate fund listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and in Mauritius. Bronwyn has significant corporate finance and deal making experience. She played an instrumental role in the JSE listing of Delta Property Fund Limited in 2012 where she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to taking up the leadership role at Mara Delta Property Holdings. During her tenure at Delta Property Fund Limited, Bronwyn spearheaded the diversification of the REIT’s funding sources into the debt capital markets, leading to the establishment of a ZAR2 billion Domestic Medium Term Note Programme (DMTN programme). She led the team responsible for obtaining a national scale issue rating from Global Credit Ratings as part of the DMTN programme.
In addition, Bronwyn co-headed the team responsible for growing assets under management from ZAR 2.2 billion at listing to ZAR 11.8 billion in May 2016. Bronwyn is a founder member and served as non-executive director on the board of Mara Delta Property Holdings (now Grit Real Estate Income Group) where she played a significant role in the listing and conversion of the fund to its current pan-African focus, underpinned by dollar based leases. She assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in the lead-up to the fund’s merger with Pivotal to form Mara Delta. She has grown the portfolio from $220 million at inception to approximately $600 million currently.
Chief Finance Officer
Bcompt (Hons), CA(SA)
After completing articles with PwC, Leon moved to the Global Risk Management Services within PwC, where he become the Senior Manager in charge of Data Management. In 2004, he moved to Solenta Aviation where he became Group Finance Director within 18 months.
During his tenure as Group Finance Director, the group expanded from 12 aircraft to 48 aircraft, operating in 8 African countries (including South Africa, Mozambique, Algeria, Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire). He joined Mara Delta in April 2015 as CFO, where he has continued to utilise his tax structuring knowledge and experience in operating in Africa to expand the asset base of the group.