1. Gary Bell (66)
Non-executive chairman
Mech Eng Diploma (Natal Technikon)
Appointed to the board: 1977
Risk and sustainability committee member;
Social, ethics and transformation committee member;
Nominations committee member;
Remuneration committee member*.
With an engineering and manufacturing background, Gary has over forty years’
experience in and knowledge of the mining and construction machinery industry both regionally and internationally.
He currently sits on the board of Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal.
*effective 1 February 2019.
2. John Barton (71)
Lead independent non-executive director
FCMA, GCMA, AMP (Harvard)
Appointed to the board: 2009
Chairman of the nominations committee;
Audit committee member;
Risk and sustainability committee member;
Remuneration committee member.
John worked for the Anglo American group and subsidiary company Mondi where he was the chief executive and deputy chairman until 2007. He is a past president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was the cochairman of the KZN Growth Coalition. John is currently the chairman of Foskor (Pty) Ltd and CBL Limited.
3. Leon Goosen (46)
Group chief executive
BAcc (Stellenbosch), BCompt (Hons), CTA (UOFS), CA(SA)
Appointed as an employee: 2007
Risk and sustainability committee member.
Prior to joining Bell, Leon was a partner at Deloitte & Touche in South Africa
and Namibia. He held the position of executive director of Bell from January 2009 and was the chief operations officer from December 2014, contributing considerably to the strategic direction of the group, until he was appointed as chief executive on 1 June 2018.
4. Karen van Haght (52)
Group finance director
BCompt (Hons) (UNISA), CA(SA)
Appointed as an employee: 2000
Risk and sustainability committee member;
Social, ethics and transformation committee member.
Karen was a senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche prior to joining Bell as
the group financial controller in 2000. She has held the position of group finance director since 2006.
5. Derek Lawrance (72)
Independent non-executive director
BCom (Economics) (Wits), CA(SA)
Appointed to the board: 2016
Chairman of the audit committee;
Chairman of the remuneration committee;
Risk and sustainability committee member.
Derek has held numerous senior executive positions in both listed and unlisted South African companies, operating in multidisciplinary environments with both local and foreign partners and shareholders.
He is currently an independent director of:
• The Amber House, Milkwood and Thekwini RF Funds Limited, which together comprise all the note and bond holding companies of SA Homeloans Limited.
• Expand a Sign International Pty Ltd.
6. Hennie van der Merwe (71)
Independent non-executive director
BA (Law) LLB (Stellenbosch), LLM (Tax) (Wits)
Appointed to the board: 2016
Chairman of the Risk and sustainability committee;
Nominations committee member.
Hennie initially practiced as a commercial and corporate attorney.
Upon leaving legal practice after twelve years, he held senior executive positions and directorships in large stock exchange listed corporate entities in the banking, commercial and industrial sectors, both in South Africa and abroad.
He currently serves in the following board positions:
• Chief Executive and executive director of Trencor Limited;
• Non-executive director of Textainer Group Holdings Limited, listed on the New York Stock Exchange;
• Non-executive director and Chairman of the Board of
7. Rajendran Naidu (46)
Independent non-executive director
BCom (Cape Town), CA(SA)
Appointed to the board: 2017
Audit committee member, Social, ethics and transformation committee member;
Nominations committee member.
Rajendran was a partner at Deloitte & Touche in the financial institutions team and corporate finance practices. He was previously a group general manager at Sasol Limited responsible for corporate finance, investor relations and shareholder value management. At that time he was also chairman of the audit committee of Sasol Petroleum International and served on the board of trustees for Sasol’s Group Enterprise Development Trust and worked closely with global investment banks and global consulting firms.
Rajendran currently manages Pritor Capital which provides strategic and corporate development advisory and investment services.
8. Mamokete Ramathe (39)
Independent non-executive director
BCom (Wits); Masters (Development finance) (Stellenbosch);
Masters (Leading innovation and change) (York St John, UK)
Appointed to the board: 2017
Chairman of the social, ethics and transformation committee;
Audit committee member.
Mamokete is the founder and CEO of Mamor Capital with more than fifteen years’ experience in investment banking spanning across mergers and acquisitions, private equity and infrastructure finance. She was a former executive head of mergers and acquisitions at Vodacom Group responsible for evaluating and executing acquisition opportunities and other corporate activities.
9. Ashley Bell (36)
Non-executive director
BCom (Marketing) (UNISA)
Appointed to the board: 2015
Risk and sustainability committee member;
Social, ethics and transformation committee member.
Ashley has ten years engineering and marketing experience in co-founding an OEM servicing the forestry and agricultural sectors. Following the acquisition of Matriarch Equipment in February 2019, Ashley is now employed in a full time capacity at Bell Equipment.
10. Avishkar Goordeen (39)
Alternate executive director to Leon Goosen
BCompt (Hons) (UNISA), CA(SA)
Appointed as an employee: 2006
Avishkar has held senior positions within the Bell group in the areas of strategy, corporate finance, commercial activities, business development, risk
management and IT. He is currently the BESSA chairman.