Directorate

ADV RAYMOND HEATHCOTE SC (54)
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

Advocate 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 was honoured by being appointed as senior counsel in 2009. Adv Heathcote served as the president of the Society of Advocates.

WINTON JOHN GEYSER (59)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Namibian Citizen
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APPOINTED
29 September 2010

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

ROLE AT 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 committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairman of the board of directors of Legal Shield 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 board of directors of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of TBN Holdings 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.

RENIER JACOBUS TALJAARD (59)
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 and member of the nomination committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the social and ethics committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member 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
  • Member 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
  • Chairman of the board of directors of Trustco Finance (Pty) Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of TBN Holdings Ltd

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Mr Taljaard has vast experience, of more than 29 years, in both the short and long-term insurance industries. After completing his FCII studies, Mr Taljaard was admitted 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 as an independent
non-executive director in 2013. In 2018 he was appointed to the board of directors of Trustco Finance (Pty) Ltd.

PROF LANA JOY WELDON (46)
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,Chartered Director (SA),MAICD

AWARDS / PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • 2003-2012: Member of SAICA Training Requirements Committee
  • 2005-2007: Chaired the Border Kei District Association of SAICA
  • 2005-2007: Member of SAICA Southern Regional Council
  • 2007-2012: Member of SAICA Black Trainees sub-committee
  • 2009 to date: Member of the Southern African Accounting Association (including a term as President)
  • 2012 to date: Member of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research Council
  • 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
  • 2018: Winner of the Professional Category of the
    Businesswomen’s Association (BWA), East London

ROLE AT THE COMPANY

  • Member of the board of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Appointed as lead independent director of the board of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the board of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Chairperson of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Bank Namibia Ltd
  • Chairperson of the board of directors of TBN Holdings Ltd

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Professor Weldon, a South African citizen, is currently employed as an associate professor and head of subject for Governance and Auditing at the University of Fort Hare. Prof Weldon holds a BCom Accounting (Rhodes), a BCompt Hons (Unisa), an MBA (Edinburgh Business School) and is currently reading for a PhD at Nelson Mandela University. Prof Weldon is a South African Chartered Accountant, a South African Chartered Director, a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Directors and is a registered assessor (SAICA)

KRISTIN NAETT VAN NIEKERK (46)
INDEPENDENT, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
South African, British and German Citizen
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APPOINTED
26 April  2018

QUALIFICATIONS
BA, LLB, MA 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.

ROLE AT THE COMPANY

  • Member of the board of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the remuneration and nomination committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Chairperson of the social and ethics committee of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd
  • Member of the board of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Chairperson of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Life Ltd
  • Member of the board of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Chairperson of the audit and risk committee of Trustco Insurance Ltd
  • Member of the board of directors of Legal Shield Holdings (Pty) Ltd

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.

DR QUINTON VAN ROOYEN (54)
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.

FLOORS JACOBUS ABRAHAMS (44)
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 on a full time basis in 2017. 

QUINTON ZANDRE VAN ROOYEN (33)
ALTERNATE DIRECTOR TO THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY CEO
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 completed his studies in 2009 and entered the Trustco workforce in 2010, with the aim of gaining experience in the group. Taking a position within the education and microfinance divisions in 2011, he excelled, showing a natural flair for business – especially in the areas of strategic direction and new business development. He was subsequently appointed as head of the Namibian operations in 2013 and served on the various boards of group subsidiaries. By November 2014, he headed up the insurance and its investments segment, before being appointed as head of group business in October 2015. From 2016 onwards, he was instrumental in the negotiations for various group acquisitions, including both the Huso and Meya transactions. He continued in this role as the lead negotiator with the group’s 11 international debt funders, which saw him engaging stalwarts such as the IFC, DEG, Norfund and ResponsAbility amongst others, to successfully conclude the group’s debt restructuring. He currently holds the position of deputy CEO of the group, as well as alternate director to the group managing director.