Cato Brahde (65)
Cato Brahde qualified as a naval architect at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, gained a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and holds a diploma in Company Direction. After a stint in the Norwegian Navy, he spent 11 years at Brown and Root – a subsidiary of the US oil services group, Halliburton, working with marine installations and construction contracts. He joined Tufton Oceanic in 1989 where he managed the in-house shipping investment fund and several private equity projects including a fleet of 30 offshore support vessels. His current position is Managing Director of Tufton Oceanic (Isle of Man) Limited which manages the group’s equity investment funds. Cato has been associated with Grindrod for 20 years, first as a director of Grindrod Limited's international shipping subsidiaries, and – from 2012 to 2016 – as a director of Grindrod Limited. Cato was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his broad shipping and investment experience.
Martyn Wade (60)
Martyn has 40 years of international shipping experience and has worked for shipowners, operators and shipbrokers in London, Johannesburg, New York and now Singapore. The companies he has worked for include Van Ommeren UK, Simpson Spence and Young Johannesburg, Clipper Bulk USA and HSBC London. Martyn is a member of the Baltic Exchange, having been first elected in 1979. Martyn joined Grindrod Limited in 2008, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Grindrod Limited subsidiary Island View Shipping in 2010, and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Grindrod Limited’s Shipping Division since his appointment in 2011. He was appointed to the Grindrod Limited board in 2011 as an executive director, and is a director of major international subsidiary companies of the parent company, the UK Freight Demurrage & Defense Association (UK) and a member of the advisory panel to the Singapore Maritime Foundation. He was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience within the shipping industry, in-depth knowledge of shipping operations and ship management, as well as his leadership experience and strategic insights.
Stephen Griffiths (59)
Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1985 and completed his articles at Hudson, Langham, Morrison and Co, after which he spent two years in London where he gained international experience in a number of accountancy and consulting roles. Steve joined the Reunert Group in 1989 where he was employed in a number of financial management roles. He joined Grindrod Limited in 2004 as Group Financial Manager responsible for all group services and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of the Shipping Division in 2009. Steve is a director of major South African and international shipping subsidiaries in the division. Steve was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his in-depth knowledge of the company’s financial structures, his strong financial background including corporate finance, accounting and capital markets, and his experience in the shipping industry.
Michael Hankinson (70)
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1976 and after completing his articles at Deloitte & Touche, joined the textile industry as a financial manager. He moved up the ranks to the position of Chief Executive Officer at Romatex Limited in 1994. In 1997, Mike was appointed Chief Executive at Dunlop Limited, a tyre and rubber manufacturer listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and held this position for ten years. He has also held numerous non-executive positions on various boards related to the textile, tyre and sugar industries as well as Transnet Limited. He was appointed non-executive director to the Grindrod Limited board in 2009 and appointed non-executive Chairman in 2014. Mike was the executive Chairman of Grindrod Limited, from August 2017 to November 2018, when he reverted to being non-executive chairman. Mike is the non-executive Chairman of The Spar Group Limited.
John Herholdt (70)
John obtained his LLB degree in 1971 and, as a partner at Goodrickes from 1973 he specialised in maritime and commodities law. In 1979, he was appointed a director of Leo Raphaely & Sons, an international commodity and trading firm. In 1984, he joined Shepstone & Wylie as a senior partner in their maritime department and acted primarily for shipowners and P & I Clubs. In 1986 John opened the Shepstone & Wylie office in London and in 1987 merged the operation with Maitlands. From 1987 to 2012, John was a senior partner of Maitlands with offices in Europe, South Africa, North America and elsewhere and also served as a Director on the Boards of several of its subsidiaries, as well as remaining a partner of Shepstone & Wylie. He continued to consult to the Maitland Group (now a financial services group) until 2015. John was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his legal and commercial knowledge of the maritime and commodity sectors, as well as his valuable experience in mergers and business management.
Quah Ban Huat (53)
Quah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He specialised in financial services at Coopers & Lybrand London after qualifying and prior to joining Deutsche Bank. He then held various positions including Group Finance Director of IMC Group and Chief Financial Officer of City Gas Pte. Ltd. From 2006 to 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer at Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd, trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, a container shipping trust listed on the SGX. Due to the slowdown in 2008, Quah spent two years restructuring its US$2bn debt. In 2011, Quah founded Primeur Cellars and also founded PRYME, a society focused on assisting less-privileged children in Singapore. He is currently a principal advisor at KPMG, advising a broad spectrum of clients across a range of industries and a board member of a number of companies. Quah was selected to serve on the Board of Directors because of his financial background and experience in fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and deal structuring, his key responsibilities at KPMG.
Pieter Uys (56)
Pieter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, a Masters in Engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch, and an MBA degree from the Stellenbosch Business School. Pieter joined Vodacom as a member of the initial engineering team in 1993. He was appointed Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa in 2001 and as Group Chief Operating Officer in 2004. He became CEO of the Vodacom Group in 2008 and joined Remgro in 2013 as an investment executive. He is a director of Mediclinic, Dark Fibre Africa, Seacom, Grindrod Limited, Grindrod Bank and Kagiso Tiso Holdings. Pieter was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for his valuable business, operational and management expertise as well as his strategic insights.