Directorate

ADV R HEATHCOTE SC (52)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
29 September 2010

QUALIFICATIONS
BA, LLB

ROLE AT THE COMPANY

  • Chairman of the board of directors of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairman of the nomination committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE
Adv Heathcote is an admitted attorney of the High Court of Namibia and was an acting judge of the High Court of Namibia in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.  Several of his judgments have been reported in both the Namibian and South African Law Reports.  Adv Heathcote is a member of the Society of Advocates and has been honoured by being appointed as senior counsel in 2009. Adv Heathcote served as the president of the Society of Advocates.

WJ GEYSER (57)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
29 September 2010

QUALIFICATIONS
BCompt, BCompt (Hons), BCompt, CA (SA)

ROLE IN THE COMPANY

  • Member of the board of directors of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairman of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairman of the board of directors of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Chairman of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Chairman of the board of directors of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Chairman of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Mr Geyser is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He held the position of assistant manager at the audit firm Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte) and later joined their financial management services division where he provided accounting assistance, taxation and estate planning to a number of individuals and companies.  Since then he has performed consultancy work and has held various senior positions.  Mr Geyser currently holds the position of group managing director of Epic Holdings (Pty) Ltd and various other directorships in Namibian companies.

R TALJAARD (57)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
5 July 2012

QUALIFICATIONS
BEcon, FCII, FIISA

ROLE AT THE COMPANY

  • Member of the board of directors of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairman of the remuneration committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Chairman of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Chairman of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Mr Taljaard has vast experience, of more than 27 years, in both the short and long term insurance industries.  After completing his FCII studies, Mr Taljaard was allowed as a fellow member of the Insurance Institute of South Africa and Namibia. He held various senior positions within the industry including managing director at Swabou Insurance, Nasria, Harvest Reinsurance Company, Trustco Insurance and Trustco Life. He served on the board of Trustco Insurance from 2000 to 2006  was appointed to the board of Trustco Group Holdings in 2012 and to the board of Trustco Insurance and Trustco Life in 2013.

PROF L J WELDON (44)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
South African Citizen
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APPOINTED
26 April 2018

QUALIFICATIONS

B Comm (Accounting), B Compt Hons, CA(SA),RA, MBA

AWARDS / PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • 2014: Presented at SAAA Eastern Cape Regional Conference
  • 2015: Presented at African Accounting and Finance Association PhD Colloquium
  • 2017: Presented at University of Fort Hare TLC Colloquium
  • 2005-2007 Chaired the Border Kei District Association of SAICA
  • 2005-2007 Served on SAICA Southern Regional Council
  • 2003-2012 Served on SAICA Training Requirements Committee
  • 2007-2012 Served on SAICA Black Trainees Sub-Committee
  • 2009-date Served on Southern African Accounting Association (including a term as President)
  • 2012-date Served on International Association for Accounting Education and Research Council

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Professor Weldon, a South African citizen, currently employed as an associate professor and head of subject for Governance and Auditing at the University of Fort Hare.  Professor Weldon holds a B Comm Accounting (Rhodes), a B Compt Hons (Unisa), a MBA (Edinburgh Business School) and is currently reading for a PhD at Nelson Mandela University. Professor Weldon is a South African Chartered Accountant, has completed the Alternative Exchange Directors Induction Programme, is currently completing the chartered director (IODSA) qualification and is a registered assessor (SAICA).

K N VAN NIEKERK (45)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
South African, British and German Citizen
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APPOINTED
26 April  2018

QUALIFICATIONS
BA. LLB. M.A International Studies and Diplomacy

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Admitted as an attorney to the High Court of South Africa
  • 2002 – Admitted as an English Solicitor
  • 2009 – Admitted as an attorney in New York including the Southern District of New York
  • 2016 – Member of the Financial Services Board RE5.

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Ms van Niekerk, a British,  South African and German citizen, is employed as Head of Legal and Compliance at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa, a position she has held since July 2013.  Ms van Niekerk holds a BA LLB from the University of Natal and a Masters in International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). She is a qualified lawyer admitted in South Africa, England & Wales and New York.

Q VAN ROOYEN (52)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
Acquired Trustco in 1992

QUALIFICATIONS
BIuris, LLB, DBL (Honoris Causa), Business Leadership & Entrepreneurship (IUM)

AWARDS

  • 2003:     Voted “Business Communicator of the Year”
  • 2007:     Voted second “Most Admired Business Personality of the Year”
  • 2012:     Voted Top 10 “Most influential individuals in Namibia” – The Villager newspaper
  • 2014:     Inducted into the prestigious Namibian Business Hall of Fame, under the auspices of  Junior Achievement Namibia and the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • 2015:    NMA Newsmakers Awards – winners of the entrepreneurs category
  • 2016:     PMR Africa – diamond arrow award for outstanding service and contribution to economic growth and development of Namibia

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Dr van Rooyen’s business acumen, skill and leadership are the determining factors that transformed the group into a successful dual-listed entity.  His creative approach to life makes the mundane extraordinary.  He has a fearless attitude towards challenges that makes him an easy leader to follow.  His talent and passion is to create products and services that are sustainable, socially responsible and that will yield extraordinary wealth for stakeholders by harnessing opportunities in Namibia and throughout Africa.  Dr van Rooyen whole-heartedly believes that the full potential of Africa is yet to be realised and that change is the spice of life.

FJ ABRAHAMS (42)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED

22 August 2006

QUALIFICATION
BCom

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Mr Abrahams completed his articles in 1999.  During this period he accumulated experience in the financial sector and serviced various client audits.  Mr Abrahams was appointed as group financial manager of Trustco in 2000 and subsequently group financial director in 2004. Mr Abrahams assumed the role of group treasurer in 2013. He was re-appointed as group financial director in 2017. 

QZ VAN ROOYEN (31)
ALTERNATE DIRECTOR TO THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
16 March 2016

QUALIFICATIONS
BCom (Law), LLB

AWARDS

  • 2014: Ranked the “Fittest Man in Africa” at the CrossFit Games held in South Africa
  • 2014: Inducted into the prestigious Namibian Business Hall of Fame, under the auspices of Junior Achievement Namibia and the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • 2014: Ranked 42nd in the international Reebok CrossFit Games “Fittest on Earth”

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Mr van Rooyen joined Trustco in 2010 after the completion of his studies with the main purpose to gain experience in the company. Showing a natural flair for business he soon thereafter took up a position within the finance and education segment in 2011. He specialised in the determination and execution of strategy, including focusing on and developing acquisitions within the segment. Mr van Rooyen was appointed as head of the Namibian operations in 2013 and subsequently appointed to serve on various boards of subsidiaries within Trustco. In November 2014 he took charge of the insurance and investments segment and following his success therein was appointed as head of group business in October 2015. He currently holds the position of deputy CEO of the group in addition to his role as group head of the investments segment.