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Murray & Roberts had a unitary Board with eight directors, of whom six 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
Master of Arts in Law (Russia) LLB (Wits)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
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
FCA (England & Wales) AMP (Harvard)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.

JOHN MICHAEL (MICHAEL) MCMAHON
JOHN MICHAEL (MICHAEL) McMAHON
PrEng BSc Eng (Glasgow)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael was appointed to the Board in 2004. He is the chairman of the risk management committee, and a member of the health, safety & environment committee, the nomination committee and the remuneration & human resources committee. He is also a trustee of The Murray & Roberts Trust and the chairman of Central Rand Gold.

ROYDEN THOMAS VICE
ROYDEN THOMAS VICE
BCom CA(SA)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Royden was appointed to the Board in 2005. He is chairman of the remuneration & human resources committee and a member of the risk management committee, the audit & sustainability committee and the nomination committee. He is also a trustee of The Murray & Roberts Trust. Royden is chairman of Hudaco Industries and a Governor of Rhodes University.

NOMALIZO BERYL (NTOMBI) LANGA-ROYDS
NOMALIZO BERYL (NTOMBI) LANGA-ROYDS
BA (Law) LLB (Degree)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.

NOMALIZO BERYL (NTOMBI) LANGA-ROYDS
SURESH KANA
Bcom (Honours), CA(SA), Mcom
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

ANDRIES JACOBUS (COBUS) BESTER
ANDRIES JACOBUS (COBUS) BESTER (53)
BCom (Acc) Hons CA(SA)
GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
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
BEng (Mining) MBA
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
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.

GROUP SECRETARY

Bert Kok
LAMBERTUS (BERT) KOK
FCIS, FCIBM
GROUP SECRETARY
Bert joined the Group in 2011 and was appointed Group Secretary in February 2014. Bert is a Chartered Secretary and has more than 10 years experience in a listed company environment.