Directorate

Murray & Roberts had a unitary Board with ten directors, of whom eight are independent non-executive directors and two are executive directors. The composition of the Board promotes a balance of authority and prevents any one director from exercising undue influence over decision-making.

The Board is the highest governing authority in the Group and has ultimate responsibility for corporate governance. It appreciates that strategy, risk, performance and sustainability are inseparable and is responsible for approving the strategic direction of the Group, which integrates these elements. The Board is governed by a charter that sets out the framework of its accountability, responsibility and duty to the Group

The Board has a fiduciary duty to conduct its business in the best interests of the Group and, in discharging its duty, ensures that the Group performs in the best interests of its stakeholders. The Group’s key stakeholders include present and future investors, clients, business partners, employees, regulators and the societies in which it operates

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

  • MAHLAPE SELLO

    MAHLAPE SELLO

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

    Master of Arts in Law (Russia) LLB (Wits)

    Mahlape was appointed to the Board in 2009 and became chairman in 2013. She is chairman of the nomination committee and a member of the social & ethics committee, the health, safety & environment committee and the remuneration & human resources committee. She is also a trustee of The Murray & Roberts Trust. Mahlape is a member of the South African Law Reform Commission and the chairperson of the Advertising Industry Tribunal of the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa.

  • DAVID (DAVE) DUNCAN BARBER

    DAVID (DAVE) DUNCAN BARBER

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    FCA (England & Wales) AMP (Harvard)

    Dave was appointed to the Board in 2008. He is chairman of the audit & sustainability committee and a member of the risk management committee. Dave is a director of AFGRI Limited.

  • RALPH HAVENSTEIN

    RALPH HAVENSTEIN

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    BCom, MSc Chem Eng

    Ralph was appointed to the Board in August 2014. He is the chairman of the health, safety & environment committee and a member of the social & ethics committee.

  • NOMALIZO BERYL (NTOMBI) LANGA-ROYDS

    NOMALIZO BERYL (NTOMBI) LANGA-ROYDS

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    BA (Law) LLB (Degree)

    Ntombi was appointed to the Board in 2013. She is chairman of the social & ethics committee and a member of the remuneration & human resources committee. She is also a trustee of The Murray & Roberts Trust. She owns Nthake Consulting, a human resources consultancy business and has more than 25 years of experience in human resources. Ntombi is an independent non-executive director of African Bank (ABIL), PPC and Mpact.

  • SURESH KANA

    SURESH KANA

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Bcom (Honours), CA(SA), Mcom

    Suresh was appointed to the Board in July 2015. He is a member of the audit & sustainability committee. Suresh is a Chartered Accountant and is the Retiring Territory Senior Partner for PwC Africa. He served on the PwC Global Board from 2005 to 2009. Suresh is the Chairman of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and a former member of the Accounting Standards Board. Suresh is technically very experienced and is well versed in the latest accounting and governance developments.

  • DR XOLANI HUMPHREY MKHWANAZI

    DR XOLANI HUMPHREY MKHWANAZI

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    MSc PhD (Applied Physics)

    Xolani joined the Board in August 2014 and is a member of the risk management committee. Xolani is a physicist with an MSc and PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Lancaster (UK) and has completed an Executive Development Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with Harvard University. He is currently a non-executive director of South 32 Limited. Xolani has experience in the Power, Engineering and Mining sectors, and was Chairman of BHP Billiton’s South African Operations, having joined BHP after establishing Bateman Africa as the first BEE Engineering company. Prior to that, Xolani played an important role in the restructuring of the electricity supply industry in South Africa, heading up the National Electricity Regulator. He has also worked at the CSIR, the Atomic Energy Corporation and spent time as a Physics Researcher in Australia.

  • KEITH SPENCE

    KEITH SPENCE

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    BSc (Geophysics)(Hons)

    Keith was appointed to the Board in 2015. He is a member of the Risk Management, Health Safety & Environment and Social & Ethics Committees. Keith, has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Shell and has a broad knowledge of the resources sector. Keith chairs the Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority and the Industry Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Geodynamics Limited and Base Resource Limited and a Non- Executive Director of Oil Search Limited and Independence Group NL. Keith joined the board of the then listed company Clough Limited in August 2008 and was Chairman from 2010 until its acquisition via scheme of arrangement by Murray & Roberts.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

  • ANDRIES JACOBUS (COBUS) BESTER

    ANDRIES JACOBUS (COBUS) BESTER

    GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

    GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

    BCom (Acc) Hons CA(SA)

    Cobus joined the Group in 2006 following the acquisition of Concor and was appointed to the Board and as Group financial director in July 2011. Cobus is a director of Murray & Roberts Limited, the chairman of Murray & Roberts International Holdings, Tolcon and Hall Longmore and a director of Clough Limited.

  • HENRY JOHANNES LAAS

    HENRY JOHANNES LAAS

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    BEng (Mining) MBA

    Henry joined the Group in 2001 and was appointed to the Board as Group chief executive in July 2011. He is a member of the health, safety & environment committee. Henry is a director of Murray & Roberts Limited, Murray & Roberts International Holdings and of Clough Limited.

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