Mike joined WBHO three years after graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1975. He was appointed managing director of the building and civil engineering division in 1988 and assumed the role of joint CEO and Chairman in 2002. From 2008, he relinquished his role as CEO, but retained the position of Chairman.
Elia Louw (Louwtjie) Nel (56)
BSc (Eng) CEO
Louwtjie joined WBHO in 1987, after graduating from RAU with a BSc in Civil Engineering and completing his national service. He was appointed as managing director of the Building and civil engineering division in 2002 and then as group CEO and to the board of Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon Limited in 2008.
Charles Henwood (53)
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA) CFO
Charles started his career at Deloitte, after graduating from the University of South Africa in 1986. He has 24 years of experience in the construction industry and enjoyed a number of directorships across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Charles joined WBHO in June 2010 as the financial director of WBHO Construction (Pty) Limited. He was appointed as group CFO and to the board of Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon Limited in 2011.
James Ngobeni (65)
BA (Hons) Geography, MCRP Independent non-executive director
James obtained his masters degree in city and regional planning from the University of Cape Town and a diploma/certificate in housing finance at Harvard University, Massachusetts (USA). He is currently managing director of Matingi and Associates, a town planning, transport planning and project and construction management company, where he is responsible for the co-ordination and management of finance and operations. James is currently on the boards of MAMOET Southern Africa (Pty) Limited, Rand Airport (Germiston), Matingi & Associates CC and The Green Building Council SA
Savannah Maziya (48)
BA, (Hons), MBA Independent non-executive director
Savannah is the group CEO of Bunengi Holdings, a company with mining, infrastructure, healthcare and agricultural divisions. She previously occupied the position of CEO of African Broadcast Network (a large TV network in Africa with over 120 million viewers). Savannah works all over the African continent.
Nomgando Matyumza (54)
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), LLB Lead independent director
Rev. Nomgando Matyumza is an ordained Minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Pastor of Umlazi in the Natal Conference. Nomgando qualified in 1993 as a chartered accountant and obtained an LLB degree from the University of Natal. She has extensive experience in financial and executive management. She is currently serving on the boards of Cadiz Limited, Hulamin Limited, Ithala Development Finance Corporation and KZN Growth Fund Managers.
Ross Gardiner (54)
BSc Eng (Mining and Petroleum)
Independent non-executive director (British)
Ross was appointed to the board of Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon Limited on 23 January 2014. After graduating from Strathclyde University in the United Kingdom, Ross spent a decade on the South African coal mines. He then worked in investment banking for a period of thirteen years. During his career, Ross has also fulfilled the role of a senior consultant at a mining consultancy firm before he joined a venture capital firm investing primarily in early stage African mining projects across a spectrum of commodities.
Shereen Vally-Kara (56)
ACIS Company Secretary
Shereen joined WBHO on 1 June 2007 and was appointed as company secretary to the Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon Limited board on 24 October 2007. In addition to obtaining a certificate as a chartered secretary in 1994, she has completed the management advancement programme at Wits Business School in 1996 and received a certificate in corporate governance from the University of Johannesburg.