Chairman and previously the lead independent non-executive director
Years of service to the Group: 10 years
Ralph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master of Business Leadership degree from Unisa’s School of Business Leadership degree, and has attended the Executive Programme at Stanford University, USA. He is an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business International. Ralph was a co-founder of JSE Main Board listed Iliad Africa Ltd and served as CEO for 10 years from 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Prior to joining Iliad, Ralph held various executive positions including as Managing Director of subsidiaries within the Unihold and Malbak groups, and as a director of Everite Ltd. He currently serves on the boards of several listed companies, including Mustek Ltd, Calgro M3 Holdings Ltd, Accentuate Ltd and Unicorn Capital Partners Ltd. Ralph is also an Institute of Directors (“IODSA”) director training facilitator and presents training in many fields, including finance for non-financial managers.
|William "Billy" Neasham
Chief Executive Officer
Years of service to the Group: 20 years
Billy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and has been involved with ARB Electrical Wholesalers since 1988 as the audit partner and professional advisor, initially with KPMG, and then with Griffith & Aiken. Billy joined ARB in June 2000 as the financial director responsible for the high level of financial discipline instilled throughout the group, a position he held until he was appointed as CEO in February 2015.
James S Dixon
Prior to his appointment as the independent chairman on the Combined Motor Holdings Ltd board, James served as the chairman of their audit committee for seven years. James also holds directorships in various property investment companies and consults to small businesses. James has also been an active member of the KZN committee of the Audit Committee Forum for many years.
CA(SA), FCMA, MBA
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Years of service to the Group: 12 years
Simon has 35 years’ experience in the financial and general management of entrepreneurial companies, with core experience in manufacturing, property investment and administration. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles with Pim Goldby (now Deloitte). In 1984 he achieved an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, and is also a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Simon is the Executive Chairman and sole shareholder of Shave & Gibson Group (Pty) Ltd, an independent manufacturer of board packaging largest manufacturer of security printed products in Africa. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors and a trustee of Clifton College where he served for 20 years, as well as the past chairman of Centenary Homes for the Aged. He is the founder of, and chairs a number of NPO Trusts, and has served as chairman of the KZN Water Polo Association for a decade.