DECA

Board of Directors

 

Caroline Havers, Executive Chair

Ms. Havers is a highly experienced litigation/dispute resolution lawyer having spent 30 years within international law firms working with clients operating in a variety of African jurisdictions and industry sectors. During her legal career, Ms. Havers has been both a partner and managing director of different law firms. She currently serves as compliance officer of the London office of a US law firm, provides ad hoc compliance and legal services to various clients and is a qualified CEDR Mediator (over 15 years' experience).

Hamish Bryan Wilburn Rudland, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rudland has extensive experience across logistics, agriculture, agro-processing, distribution and property. After graduating from Massey University, New Zealand, he returned to Zimbabwe in 1997 to start a passenger transport business that he soon diversified into fuel tank haulage in the early 2000s. Thereafter Mr Rudland structured acquisitions of foreign-owned asset rich companies to list on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. Mr. Rudland has substantial investments in Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed companies which focus on his core competencies but also synergise where advantages can be made.

As a result of Mr Rudland’s relationship to Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Gary Ronald Smith, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Smith is an experienced finance professional and is currently a non-executive director of several companies, including Unifreight Africa Limited, a Zimbabwe based transport and logistics group which he was Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer of between 2013 and 2015. Mr. Smith worked in the UK for several years where he was employed at Deutsche Bank, University of Surrey and Foxhills Club & Resort. Upon returning to Africa he worked for a large transport and logistics company in Mozambique for four years before returning home to Zimbabwe and the above positions.

Mr. Smith is a Chartered Accountant and a resident and citizen of Zimbabwe. As a result of Mr Smith’s relationship with Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Neil William Harold Clayton, Non-Executive Director

Mr Clayton, a chartered accountant, has over 30 years of experience in a variety of listed and un-listed companies. Specifically, Mr Clayton brings significant experience and expertise as regards listed companies operating in Africa as well as particular knowledge of the Company's business and requirements, having held an interim finance role at the Company during 2018, when he assisted and supported the re-organisation of the Company's local accounting team.

Despite his recent work with the Company the board consider Mr Clayton to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Amanda Thorburn, Non-Executive Director

Ms. Thorburn, an associate chartered management accountant, has nearly 25 years’ experience of working in Southern Africa across a variety of financial and advisory roles focussed on the telecoms and agribusiness sectors. Having begun her career as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand in Zimbabwe, Ms. Thorburn has also worked for multinationals including MTN, Virgin Mobile and Econet, where she held the position of Head of Group Finance. In the mid-2000s, Ms. Thorburn established her own baby linen manufacturing company, accessing fabric supply chain in Zimbabwe and an NGO production line in South Africa, creating a strong “proudly African” brand. From June 2011, Ms. Thorburn has focused her attention on the agricultural sector, initially through Global Mobility Consulting where amongst other matters she has advised on a strategic business review of the Surrey Group including Sabie Meats in Zimbabwe, developed performance management systems and identified and implemented projects to improve operational and financial efficiencies. As founder and managing director of Agrisat, Ms. Thorburn has consulted and advised on various aspects of numerous other agriculture projects in the region with a strong focus on value chain development in the livestock sector. She continues to lobby for fundraising to link smallholder producers to local, regional and international export markets and was pivotal in the launch of the Southern African Region Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (SARRSB) in 2018. Her passion is designing, implementing and managing commercial beef agri-hubs in Southern Africa as producer, private, public, community partnerships – “PPPCP’s” - with the flagship Agrisat Beef Hub in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

The Board consider Ms. Thorburn to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

 

Senior Management

 

George Naude, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Naude joined Agriterra in 2014 from Tongaat Hulett, a leading Southern African focussed agricultural and agri-processing business, where he led the Mozambican operations as Agricultural Manager and was responsible for agricultural operations (including land preparation, irrigation and drainage), management of operational and capital expenditure budgets, staff and formulation of medium to long term growth plans.  Mr. Naude is presently responsible for managing all operational aspects of Agriterra’s business in Mozambique.

During his career, Mr Naude has also spent time on agricultural projects in Mauritius, Brazil, Tanzania and Malawi and has developed his foreign language skills, now being fluent in English and Afrikaans and proficient in Portuguese and Sena.

Adelino Fernandes, Group Finance Director

Mr. Fernandes joined Agriterra as Group Finance Director (non-board) in January 2018 with responsibility to oversee all operational accounting and finance functions from the Company's main operational centre in Chimoio, Mozambique. Mr. Fernandes has extensive experience working in Africa (particularly Mozambique and Angola) in both finance and general management. Prior to joining Agriterra, Mr. Fernandes most recently held the role of Group CFO & International Consultant at RLB Systems in Maputo, Mozambique; previously he held roles including Managing Director of Air Liquide Angola based in Luanda, Angola, CFO at Minas Moatize based in Maputo, Mozambique and General Manager & CFO of DT Services - Trafigura Group based in Luanda, Angola.     

Mr. Fernandes holds various qualifications including a degree in Accounting & Administration (Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao, University de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 1988), a Diploma in Economics & Finance (University de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, 1992) and a Masters Degree in Marketing (University Portucalense, Porto, Portugal, 2000). Mr. Fernandes is an Official Chartered Accountant in Portugal, Europe and Portuguese speaking countries and a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.