Board of directors

Ralph Patmore
Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Years of service to the Group: 9 years

Ralph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master 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 Iliad Africa Ltd and served as CEO 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 and Group Five 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.
William "Billy" Neasham
Chief Executive Officer
Years of service to the Group: 19 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 KMPG, 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. He was appointed as CEO in February 2015.

Grant Scrutton
Chief Financial Officer
Years of service to the Group: 4 years

Grant qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 at KPMG and spent two years in their Seattle, USA office on a rotational exchange programme. He was previously the financial director of four listed companies including Voltex, Powertech, SACMH and Winhold, and brings a wealth of financial, strategic, acquisitions and operational experience to the Group, including 16 years in the trading environment.

James S Dixon
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Risk Committee
Years of service to the Group: 4 years

James qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers and retired in 2009 after 40 years’ service. He was the engagement partner on many of the firm’s larger clients, led their KwaZulu-Natal Assurance practice and represented the region as a member of the National Assurance Executive. James also serves as the independent Chairman on the Combined Motor Holdings Ltd Board.
Simon Downes
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Years of service to the Group: 12 years

Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles at Pim Goldby (now Deloitte). In 1984 he achieved an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. Simon is the Executive Chairman and sole shareholder of Shave & Gibson Group (Pty) Ltd, an independent manufacturer of board packaging and the 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, as well as the Chairman of Centenary Homes for the Aged. He has served as Chairman of the KZN Water Polo Association for some years. Simon holds directorships in various investment companies.

13 February 2020

ARB Holdings maintains growth trajectory, showing a solid performance at half-year more

13 February 2020

Interim results December 2019 more