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 (72) †

Independent Non-Executive Chairman 

Qualifications: MA (Honours) in Economics and Law from Christ’s College in Cambridge  
Athony 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, coordinating client facing strategy across a diverse retail and wholesale financial services group. 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 director of the International Financial Services London (TheCityUK) and a member of the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. As Minister for Trade and Industry 1995-97, Anthony was responsible for the regulation of the insurance industry, including the reconstruction and renewal of Lloyd’s of London. He led 34 trade missions to all parts of the world on behalf of the UK insurance industry. As Economic Secretary to the 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 covering financial services.

James Murray (Murray) Grant (60) †

Independent Non-Executive Director 

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. 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 (44) *

Non-Executive Director 

Qualifications: MBChB (Medical degree) and MBA (Finance focus) from the University of the Witwatersrand 
Yoza joined Mergence Investment Managers in November 2019 as Joint Managing Director. She has 15 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 Principle in Acquisition and Leverage Finance at Nedbank. She is a former independent non-executive director and Chair of the Investment Committee at Ascendis Health Limited, that had been overseeing the deleveraging of its balance sheet. She is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Northam Platinum. Yoza is actively involved in numerous outreach and social responsibility programmes.

Pierre George Joubert (55) **

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (University of Cape Town), CA(SA) 
Pierre is the CEO of Universal Partners, an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and the Alt X 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 17 years. He is also a member of the Ashburton Private Equity Fund 1 investment committee and 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.

Dr Lawrence Leon Porter (68)†

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 28 May 2013 
BA, BSc, DPhil (Oxon), Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chartered Information Technology Professional 
After a period of research in Experimental Psychology, Dr Porter was with IBM Corporation for twenty five years where he held various positions in Senior Management and as a Senior Consultant in Research and Development. He was a Technical Staff Member and an IBM Master Inventor. He holds numerous US patents in the field of Information Technology. He resides in Malta. 

Paul Roelofse (42) *

Non-Executive Director 

Qualifications: B.Acc (Cum Laude) degree and B.Acc (Hons) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, CA(SA) and CFA charterholder 
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 has served as Dr Wiese’s alternate director on the Brait board since October 2019. 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 (50)‡

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 27 July 2005
Qualifications: BJuris, LLB, LLM
Mr Troskie is the deputy chief executive officer of Maitland, a global advisory and administration firm. Mr Troskie is based in Luxembourg and has extensive experience in the areas of capital markets and corporate governance, with a particular interest in integrated structuring for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Mr Troskie is a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies, including Brait Malta Limited, Brait Mauritius Limited, Tradehold Limited and Ardagh Group S.A. He is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Dr Christoffel Hendrik Wiese (78) *

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, 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. 
Dr Wiese appointed Mr Paul Roelofse as his alternate director to the Brait PLC Board in place of Mr Jacob Wiese from 2 October 2019. 
~  American
†  British
†† British – resident in Malta
‡  Dutch
*  South African
** South African – resident in Mauritius