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Our Board

HPF Directors

John Anthony Copelyn (68)
Chairman, non-executive director
BA (Hons), BProc
Date of appointment: 1 September 2016
John was appointed as Chairman of Hospitality effective 30 November 2016. John joined Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited as Chief Executive Officer in 1997.
He was previously General Secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1974, before becoming a member of parliament in 1994. He
currently holds various directorships and is the non-executive Chairman of Tsogo Sun, Niveus Investments Limited and eMedia Holdings Limited. John is a member of the nominations and remuneration committees.
Committee membership: Nominations (Chair); remuneration
James Robert (Rob) Nicolella (49)
Chief Executive Officer
Date of appointment: 1 November 2018
Rob joined Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (‘HCI’) in 2011. Rob serves on the boards of subsidiary companies Business Systems Group Africa Proprietary Limited and group associate company Impact Oil and Gas Limited. Prior to joining HCI he was employed by Investec Bank Limited for 17 years, most notably in the capacity as Head of Corporate Banking, Western Cape, and subsequently Head of Private Banking, Western Cape.
Mara Raquel Dos Santos de Lima (40)
Financial Director
Date of appointment: 30 September 2016
Mara was appointed the Financial Director of Hospitality effective 30 September 2016. Mara served her articles at KPMG Inc. and joined Southern Sun Hotels Proprietary Limited as Management Accountant in October 2007. She was appointed the group Financial Manager of Tsogo Sun Hotels in February 2009. Mara does not hold positions on any other governing body outside of the Hospitality group.
Image not available Mohamed Haroun Ahmed (53)
Independent non-executive director
BCom (Accounting)
Date of appointment: 14 August 2018
With 25 years of experience in finance and leadership, Mohamed is a businessman who has served on the boards of various listed companies, including as an alternate director for MTN Group Limited. He is currently an independent non-executive director for both Montauk Holdings and Deneb Investments, where he also serves as the Chair of the audit, risk and remuneration committees and is the founder of the Gallagher Charitable Trust. Mohamed was appointed to the Board on 14 August 2018.
Mohamed Salim Ismail Gani (65)
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment: 8 May 2018
Mr Gani is a Chartered Accountant (SA) with over 30 years’ experience in the accounting and audit profession. He was a founding partner of MSGM Masuku Jeena Inc., a partner of Saboor Gani & Co and a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2013. He is a non-executive director on a number of boards including Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited, Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited, Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited and Basil Read Holdings Limited. He also serves as a member of the investigating committee of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors.
Committee membership: Audit and risk
Zibusiso Janice Kganyago (51)
Non-executive director
BCom (University of Natal)
Date of appointment: 1 September 2016
Zibusiso is Director of Developments at Tsogo Sun Gaming and has been with Tsogo Sun for 20 years. Zibusiso’s property experience spans a 20-year period, having concluded Cosatu’s first property transaction, while she was their accountant, whereafter she moved to Intersite Property Management Service, then Southern Sun. Zibusiso joined Southern Sun as Development Manager and moved across to Tsogo Sun in the same year. Zibusiso was later promoted to the position of Director of Developments.
Sydney (Syd) Arnold Halliday (71)
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment: 30 June 2013
Syd retired from Nedbank in 2004 where he had held various senior credit risk management positions in the property finance departments of Nefic, Syfrets, Nedcor Investment Bank and Nedbank. Syd served as the independent Chairman of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance’s main property lending committee up to December 2012. He joined the board of Hospitality on 30 June 2013 He also serves on the board of Dipula Income Fund Limited and consults to Rand Merchant Bank as a member of its real estate credit committee and Sasfin Bank in its real estate private equity fund.
Committee membership: Audit and risk; nominations
Laurelle McDonald (36)
Non-executive director
Date of appointment: 1 September 2016
Laurelle served her articles at Grant Thornton and joined Gold Reef Resorts as an Assistant Financial Manager at Silverstar Casino in 2007. Thereafter, she was appointed as the group Financial Manager and the Company Secretary of Gold Reef Resorts. After the acquisition of Gold Reef Resorts by Tsogo Sun, Laurelle was appointed Corporate Finance and Treasury Manager of Tsogo Sun and currently serves as a member of Tsogo Sun’s executive committee.
Gerald Alan Nelson (63)
Non-executive director - Lead Independent
BSc (Building) (Wits)
Date of appointment: 25 May 2005
Gerald stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality on 30 June 2013, but remains on the board as a non-executive director. He was first appointed to the board prior to the listing of the Company in 2006. He conceptualised and was actively involved with the set-up of the Company. Prior to 2006, Gerald was the Managing Director of Sycom Property Fund Managers Limited and a past Chairman of the Association of Property Unit Trusts. He has 38 years’ experience in activities related to property with specific expertise in development, asset management as well as listed and directly held investment property vehicles, with a specific focus on the hotel and leisure industry for the past 11 years. Gerald was appointed as Lead Independent Director on 13 March 2018. Gerald is a director of the Grapnel Property Group, privately owned business, where he is currently involved in various local and offshore property development and investment activities.
Committee membership: Nominations; social and ethics
Marcel Nikolaus von Aulock (45)
Non-executive director
Date of appointment: 1 December 2018
Marcel served his articles at PwC and joined Tsogo as Group Financial Manager in 1999. In 2004 he was promoted to Group Strategic Planning Director. In 2009 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and on 30 September 2011 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Tsogo. Marcel resigned from Tsogo on 1 June 2017, but re-joined the Group on 1 June 2018, as Chief Executive Officer of Tsogo Sun Hotels, the Group’s hotel division with a portfolio of more than 90 hotels under its management.  Marcel represented Tsogo on the board of Hospitality between 1 September 2016 and 1 June 2017.  Marcel re-joined the Hospitality Board on 1 December 2018.
Committee membership: Nominations; remuneration