Brait PLC Board

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Brait PLC Board
The board acts as the de facto investment committee for the Group and has the final say on all investment related decisions. The members of the Brait PLC board are as follows:

Richard Anthony (Anthony) Nelson (75) †

Independent Non-Executive Chairman 

Date appointed: 13 August 2020 
Qualifications: MA (Honours) in Economics and Law from Christ’s College, Cambridge  
Anthony is a former British politician and banker. After leaving the Government and Parliament in 1997, Anthony joined Schroder Salomon Smith Barney as a Managing Director and was appointed Vice Chairman of Citigroup 2000 – 08. He was Chairman of Southern Water Plc 2002 – 04 and Chairman of Gateway to London, a public private partnership engaged in the regeneration of East London, 2002 – 08. Anthony was also a Governor of the Institute of Financial Services; a Governor of the International Chamber of Commerce UK and a Director of TheCityUK. As Minister of Trade and Industry 1995 – 97, Anthony was responsible for trade policy, promotion and regulation of the insurance industry. As Economic Secretary and Minister of State at H.M Treasury 1992 – 95, Anthony was responsible for supervision of the UK financial and banking system. Anthony started his career with N.M. Rothschild and Sons as an asset manager and research analyst.

Michael Paul Dabrowski (46)**

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 18 May 2021 
Qualifications: BBusSc (Fin) (Hons) (University of Cape Town), Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Cape Town), MBA (Distinction) (UCT Graduate School of Business), Chartered Accountant (South Africa), Chartered Global Management Accountant and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 
Michael is a former partner and executive director within the Stonehage Fleming Group. Since 2017, he had led Mauritian teams responsible for the effective delivery of fiduciary and corporate services to a diverse client base. He currently leverages that experience to provide consulting services to clients operating in Mauritius. Prior to joining Stonehage Fleming, Michael was COO of fund manager Afena Capital (12 years) during which he helped establish that firm and its then Botswana subsidiary. He started his career at KPMG’s Johannesburg office where his focus was short term insurance, stockbroking and banking. Michael has experience working in South Africa, Botswana, the UK and Mauritius and has served as a non-executive director of a number of private companies. Michael resides permanently in Mauritius. 

James Murray (Murray) Grant (63) †

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Date appointed: 13 August 2020 
Qualifications: Master of Business Administration (London Business School), BSc Honours in Civil & Structural Engineering (Edinburgh University) 
Murray is the CEO of Cregneash Holdings Ltd, London. He is also a non-executive director of AP Moller Capital and Time Partners Ltd. Prior to joining Cregneash in 2019, Murray was the Managing Director, Intermediated Equity, of CDC Group Plc, London, managing the team responsible for the organisation’s investments in private equity funds across Africa, South Asia, Latin America, China and South East Asia. Murray joined CDC in 2015 from Actis LLP, where he was a founder partner, following its spin-out from CDC in 2004, with responsibility for development of its Africa business and the Africa team. Murray has held a broad portfolio of board positions ranging from financial institutions to resource-based businesses and has a long history of working and investing in Africa.

Yoza Jekwa (47) *

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Date appointed: 13 August 2020 
Qualifications: MBChB (Medical degree) and MBA (Finance focus) from the University of the Witwatersrand 
Yoza is the CEO and Co-founder of Thrive Capital Partners and the former CEO of Mergence Investment Managers. She has over 19 years investment banking experience as originator and structurer of acquisition financing/investments for mid to large cap corporates in South Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Europe, as a dealmaker within RMB and as a Principal in Acquisition and Leverage Finance at Nedbank. She is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Northam Platinum and Thungela Resources. She was previously an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of the investment committee at Ascendis Health Ltd. Yoza is actively involved in various outreach and social responsibility programmes.

Pierre George Joubert (58) **

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Date appointed: 13 August 2020 
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (University of Cape Town), CA(SA) 
Pierre is the CEO of Universal Partners Ltd, an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and the AltX board of the JSE, with an investment focus on Europe and the UK. Prior to joining Universal Partners in 2016, he was the chief investment officer of the Richmark Group of companies. Previously he spent 13 years at Rand Merchant Bank (“RMB”) fulfilling various roles including senior transactor in the Corporate Finance division, head of the Equities and co-head of the Global Markets divisions. Pierre is a member of the RMB investment committee, a position he has held for 20 years. He is also a non-executive director of Homechoice International Plc. Previously, Pierre held various executive positions at Connection Group Holdings Ltd including that of CEO of Connection Group for four years, leading the successful turnaround of the business that culminated in the group being bought by JD Group Ltd. Pierre resides permanently in Mauritius.

Paul Johannes Roelofse (45) *

Non-Executive Director 

Date appointed: 13 August 2020 
Qualifications: B.Acc (Cum Laude), B.Acc (Hons) University of Stellenbosch, CA(SA), CFA 
Paul co-founded Oryx Partners in October 2019, which manages Dr Christo Wiese’s family office and serves as a strategic business partner of the Wiese family. Paul served as Dr Wiese’s alternate director on the Brait board from 2 October 2019 to 13 August 2020, when he was appointed as a director. Prior to Oryx Partners, Paul spent 17 years at RMB, where he led a number of pioneering transactions, serving on the RMB Investment Banking Board from 2009 until he resigned in 2019. Paul headed RMB’s global Corporate Finance business from 2009 to 2015. Paul is a Dealmaker of the Year Award winner from Dealmakers magazine.

Hermanus Roelof Willem Troskie (53)‡

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 27 July 2005
Qualifications: BJuris (Cum Laude), LLB, LLM
Mr Troskie is the CEO of Corporate, Legal and Tax Advisory at Stonehage Fleming, the international family office. He has extensive experience in the areas of international corporate structuring, cross-border financing and capital markets, with a particular interest in integrated structuring for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Mr Troskie is a non-executive director of a number of private and public companies. He qualified as a South African Attorney in 1997, and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2001. Mr Troskie is based in Luxembourg.

Dr Christoffel Hendrik Wiese (81) *

Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 04 May 2011
Qualifications: BA LLB D.Com (h.c.) University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, D.Comm (Bus. Management) (h.c.) Nkhoma University, Malawi D. Tech: Marketing, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Dr Wiese is a significant shareholder in a range of businesses throughout the world. He holds significant stakes in Brait, Shoprite Holdings Limited (Africa’s largest fast-moving consumer goods retail company), Tradehold Ltd (UK based property investment company) and Invicta Holdings Ltd. During 2015, Dr Wiese was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards, the All-Africa Business Leaders Awards, as well as being inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame. 
†  British
‡  Dutch
*  South African
** Resident in Mauritius