Prof BJ WillemseLead Independent Non-executive director
Barend J Willemse (Johan) obtained his MCom (Economics) from the University of the Free State and his PhD (Agricultural Economics) from the University of Pretoria, for which he received the Protein Research Trust award for the best PhD. A Cochrane bursary to study at the Illinois University (USA) was awarded in 2003.
He received various awards for his work, which included two awards as the agricultural writer of the year, ABSA/Sake economist of the year, the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association person of the year, agriculturalist of the year by the central region of Agricultural Writers Association and nominated as Bloemfonteiner of the year, 2009.
His experience includes: member of the National Agricultural Marketing Council, trustee of the Oilseeds and Protein Research Trust, chief economist of Agri SA and member of the SA Maize Board’s management team, entrepreneur with his wife Marlene and two daughters in various businesses, including agri-business consulting, feed manufacturing and tourism. He was a full Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and chair for five years at the UFS. He served on Absa Group and Absa Bank boards for more than five years as an independent non-executive director and for three years as board member of Absa Financial Services Proprietary Limited (serving on various committees). He is currently involved with UFS Business School and teaching a course on scenario planning.
F.R. van Staden Non-executive director
FR van Staden is a CA (SA) and CA (Nam) and was appointed as Director: Finance and Administration of the Nictus Group during 1997. He served on the Nictus Limited board until 31 Augustus 2013. Since 1 April 2010 he has served as the Managing Director of the Vehicle Segment of the Nictus Holdings Group until 2016. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Risk Committee of the Nictus Holdings Group and director of the Property Segment. He has served the Nictus Group for the past 23 years.
N.C. Tromp Non-executive director
Nicolaas C Tromp (Nico) has a BCom degree. After completing his accounting articles in 1973, he joined the Nictus group and became the managing director of the group in 1979. He served as chairman of the Nictus group from 1998 until 2003. He is also a director/ chairman of various other companies and has acted as a trustee of numerous trusts for the past 30 years. He stepped down as managing director of the group on 18 April 2016.
G.R. De V. Tromp Non-executive director (Chairman)
Gerard R de V Tromp has a BCom marketing degree and is a chartered accountant (South Africa and Namibia) and completed his articles in 2008. After completion of his articles he joined the group in 2009 as the group company secretary, which role he fulfilled until 2012. During 2012, he was appointed as the managing director of the furniture segment. During 2014, he was appointed as deputy managing director of the group. On 18 April 2016, he was appointed as managing director of the group.
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