Jackie van Niekerk (31)

Chief executive officer

Jackie studied BCom Accounting at the University of Pretoria and has ten years of property experience. She joined Pivotal in 2009 as asset manager, where she gained experience in property management, investment and development across all property sectors. Jackie was elected to the board and appointed as CEO in June 2013.

Aaron Suckerman (29)

Financial director

Aaron held various senior finance positions in the United Kingdom before returning to South Africa. He has experience in corporate and property management finance as financial manager at Redefine Properties Limited and financial director at Fountainhead Property Trust. Aaron has a BCom Accounting degree and is a member of ACCA UK.

Dave Savage (50)

Executive director

Dave started his career at Abcon Construction in 1989. He joined Abland in 1995 as project manager and was appointed as director in 1997 and managing director in 1998. He has been involved in all aspects of Abland becoming a national property development company in the industrial, commercial and retail sectors. Dave is currently serving as group chief executive officer. He was integrally involved with the formation of the
Pivotal Fund. Dave’s qualifications include BSc (Building) and MSc (Building).

Thys Neser (58)

Non-executive director

Thys has been involved with the Abcon group of companies since 1981 and is currently executive chairman for the various companies within the group. He is active in the residential and commercial property field as well as in other business ventures. Thys has a BSc (Building Management) and MBA.

Stewart Shaw-Taylor (62)

Non-executive director

Stewart has more than 31 years’ experience in Investment Banking and Real Estate.  He is currently  Head Real Estate Investments,  Corporate and Investment Banking, a division of Standard Bank.  He is responsible for the real estate and equity related activities undertaken by Corporate and Investment Banking.    In addition to his Standard Bank responsibilities he serves on a number of listed and unlisted boards.

Angus Mackay (61)

Non-executive director

Angus has been involved with real estate development and real estate ownership for over 33 years. In addition to other business interests, he is co-founder of Retail Africa, a well-known developer and owner of shopping centres. He has served on numerous listed and unlisted property company boards, both in South Africa and in Europe. His qualifications include BCom, CTA, AGA (SA).

Tom Wixley (74)

Independent non-executive chairman

Tom was a partner at Ernst & Young for over 20 years’ before becoming chairman, which position he held for 10 years. He has a wealth of experience in corporate governance and financial reporting matters and is active in professional circles. Tom has a BCom Accounting degree and is a CA (SA).

Marc Wainer (66)

Independent non-executive director

Marc has more than 35 years’ of experience in the property industry in South Africa, including founding Investec Property Group, Investec Bank’s property division. Marc is a director of the JSE-listed South African property group Redefine Properties Limited which he founded.

Thando Sishuba (44)

Independent non-executive director

Thando has over 18 years of property experience, having served in various roles within the property industry
(mainly as fund manager at Old Mutual Properties and later as the MD of Shanduka Properties). Thando is currently the Head of Properties at Imperial Holdings, and is a director of KIA Motors South Africa and Catalyst Fund Managers South Africa. He has previously served as non-executive director of various listed
property funds. Thando qualifications include a BSc (Hons) and MSc.

Tony Dixon (68)

Independent non-executive director

Tony was a partner, CEO and chairman of Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) KZN as well as a member of National Executive and Governing Board (1975 to 1995). He is also an executive director of three publically listed companies. Tony’s experience includes executive director of the Institute of Directors, council member of the Natal Society of Chartered Accountants, alternate director of the Insider Trading Board, chairman of the CA (SA) Medical Aid Fund (CAMAF) and a member of the Consultative Advisory Group of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board. Tony’s qualifications include EDP (Wits) F inst D and he is a CA (SA).

Chris Ewing (65)

Independent non-executive director

Chris is the immediate past chairman of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and a director in the Corporate and Commercial practice where he practiced in corporate law for mergers and acquisitions. Chris completed his BCom LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. After working in the finance department of South African Breweries he joined Cliffe Dekker as a candidate attorney in 1974, and was admitted as an attorney in 1976. In 1978, he joined Credit Guarantee as their legal adviser, and returned to Cliffe Dekker as a director in 1979. He was elected chairman in September 2001, chief executive officer in 2008 and chairman in 2011.