Executive Management

Bronwyn Corbett

Chief Executive Officer
BCom (Acc), 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.

  • Appointed to the Board: August 2015

Leon Paul van de Moortele

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.

  • Appointed to the Board: July 2015

Investment 

Adam Nisbet 

Head of Investment
BSC. Hons, QS, CAPM

Adam joined the company in 2019. Previously, was the Development Director of Collins Property Projects (a division of JSE-listed Tradehold Limited).
Prior to Collins, Adam started off in the property sector when he was appointed by Investec Bank in Durban to risk manage the bank’s significant development finance positions across South Africa.

Adam brings considerable experience in property development throughout Africa with specific expertise in the development management from inception to final account of large commercial projects across industry sectors including industrial, office and residential.

Corporate Advisory

Bevan Smith

Head of Corporate Advisory
CFA, CA (SA)

Bevan is a chartered accountant with an Honors Degree in Accounting from Unisa and is also a CFA charter holder. Bevan joined the Delta Group in 2015 as an Investment Manager and then moved into the role of Senior Investment Manager at Grit Real Estate Income Group. Prior to joining Grit Real Estate Income Group Bevan held the roll of Investment Principal at RH Managers, a boutique private equity firm, specializing in green field healthcare investments within South Africa.

In 2013 Bevan was instrumental in the successful listing of Accelerate Property Fund on the JSE, which consisted of 51 properties, valued at R5.9 billion. Post completion of his articles in 2009, Bevan joined EY’s corporate finance division TAS, where he gained invaluable experience in due diligence, valuations, lead advisory, business modelling and JSE related activities.

Risk, Compliance and HR

Moira Van Der Westhuizen

Head of Risk & Compliance 
CA (SA)

Moira joined MaraDelta in May 2016 as the Chief Integration Officer. She holds a B Com (Honours) degree from the University of South Africa and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

She has over 20 years of experience in finance, business and auditing, which included running her own business and then in 2005 going into partnership as the Audit Partner in an Audit and Accounting practice. In 2008 she moved to Mauritius and worked for Investec Bank and later the CCI Group as the Group Financial Controller.

Treasury

Jaco van Zyl

Head of Treasury 
CA(SA)

Jaco holds a BCom degree from the North West University, a BCompt (Honours) degree from the University of South Africa and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. After completing his articles, he moved to Federal Airlines as Financial Manager and ultimately assumed responsibility of the full finance function of the South African and Mozambican operations.

In January 2012, he joined the exploration drilling division, Geosearch of the JSE-listed group, Sentula Mining, as the Financial Manager and developed into the CFO for the Geosearch group. Here his African experience expanded further into Mauritius, Botswana and Mozambique. Since joining Grit in February 2016, Jaco has assumed responsibility for the Group’s reporting and treasury function, effectively flowing funds within the Grit structure and maintaining debt facilities.

Finance

Shabnam Bundhoo

Group Finance Manager
FCCA

Shabnam joined Grit in 2019 and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She joins Grit from CCI Global (Mauritius) Limited where she worked through the ranks to ultimately hold the position of Finance Director Africa.

Previously, Shabnam joined CCO in 2011 as Financial Controller and director of its Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing division before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer at CCI Kenya Limited where established the finance division. She is fluent in English, French and Hindi.

Communication

Corinne Robert

Head of Public Affairs
MASTERS (Comms)

Corinne holds a Master in Information/Communication from the University of Reunion Island and the University of Natal (South Africa). After completing her studies, Corinne went into Journalism where she spent 10 years working as a senior Journalist covering interviews, analysis and reports in the areas of Criminology, Natural catastrophe, Politics, Economy and Culture. Corinne also led the campaign for the launch of the Mauritian National Lottery, where she held the position of Public Affairs Senior Manager. In January 2012, Corinne established her own Public Relations Strategy & Events Management Consulting company providing marketing and advertising strategy together with creating external communications plans to various clients. She did the launching of La Croisette Shopping Mall in Mauritius. Corinne was also the Chapter Manager of Young President’s Organization (YPO) Mauritius during five years.

Real Estate

Andries Smit

Head of Real Estate
BSC (QS)

Andries joined Grit in 2019. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Benir and was responsible for the successful execution of multimillion-rand projects across multiple sectors.

Prior to joining Benir, Andries was the Managing Director of Motseng Selmec, a specialist facilities management and infrastructure group where he gained experience in telecommunication infrastructure management as well as FMCG facilities management.
As a former director of Comserv Mozambique Lda, an infrastructure maintenance company, Andries has first-hand experience of operating in that country.

Debby Kippen

Group Asset Manager
B.Soc.Sc

Debby has almost 30 years’ experience in the Commercial Property Industry. After graduating from UCT she started her career at Fedsure which was subsequently acquired by Investec Property Group. This relationship spanned a period of some fifteen years. Initially starting out in marketing she progressed into Retail Centre Management and Portfolio Management for the Kwa Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape portfolios. For the last 11 years Debby headed up the Eris Property Group KZN office as Regional Manager for KZN and Eastern Cape. She was responsible for growing the groups business as well as managing existing assets for both third party and internal clients in commercial, retail and industrial portfolios.

During her career she has also focused on the management of rural property developments in the Eastern Cape and northern KZN. During this time she represented property owners on various Association Boards including the La Lucia Ridge Office Estate, Ridgeside Office Estate and Westway Office Park and was the founding Chairperson of the Board for the Umhlanga Village UIP. Prior to joining Grit Real Estate Income Group, Debby was General Manager for Broll in Property and Facilities Management in Mauritius.

Investor Relations

Darren Veenhuis

Head of Investor Relations
CFA, ACA

Darren joined Grit in October 2018 to head up the Company’s investor relations function following its successful debut on the main market of the LSE earlier that year. A former Director and Head of CEMEA equity sales at Deutsche Bank (London), he successfully led the distribution of numerous initial public offerings, block trades and secondary market sell downs across local emerging market and London Stock Exchanges.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2006, Darren worked in Structured Syndicate at JP Morgan (London) and Ernst & Young in both London and South Africa. Darren is a qualified South African Chartered accountant, has been an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales since 2010 and a CFA Institute Charter Holder since 2005.

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