Christopher Boulle (47)

Independent non-executive director 
Chairperson of the investment and nominations committees



Corporate governance
Corporate and trust law
Commercial, finance and tax law

Chris is a commercial, corporate finance, tax and trust attorney. His experience as a non-executive director of listed companies spans more than a decade. He currently serves as a director of companies listed on the JSE and is also trustee of various trusts, including the ADvTECH Limited Share Incentive Trust. He was appointed as a director in March 2013. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of the board.

Roy Douglas (61)

Executive director
Group Chief executive officer

Member of the investment, nominations, risk and transformation, social and ethics committees

B.Soc.Sci (Economics) (UKZN), MBA (UCT)


International commerce and management
Strategy, marketing, business development and general management
Mergers and acquisitions 

Roy brings 25 years of local and international senior management experience to the group. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and an MBA. Roy has held senior executive roles in various industries that have honed his skills in strategy, marketing, business development and general management. His track record includes leadership positions in Nampak Limited, Deloitte (Atlanta, USA), House of Fraser Limited (UK) and Unilever SA. He joined ADvTECH in December 2012 as chief operating officer of the tertiary division and led the successful turnaround of the division. He joined the board as an executive director and took over the reins as chief executive officer in November 2015.

Jacqueline Chimhanzi (Doctor) (45)

Independent non-executive director​
Member of the audit, nominations and risk committees

BSC (Hons), MBA, PhD (Cardiff)


Strategy development and execution
Business development

Jacqueline is the CEO of the African Leadership Institute. She is a seasoned strategist with some 17 years' experience as both an academic and a practitioner. She is also a keen Africa-watcher and was recognised by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2012 women under 45 shaping the narrative of Africa's rising. She is a fellow of the pan-African Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme run by the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) at Oxford University and a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). She previously led strategy consulting teams and was also Lead: Africa Desk at Deloitte and Senior Strategist at the IDC. Jacqueline lectured at the University of Wales (UK) and joined the board in January 2017.

Brenda Gourley (Professor) (75)

Independent non-executive director 
Chair of the risk committee, member of the audit, investments and nominations committees



International higher education
Higher education and open distance learning
Higher education management

Brenda is an accountant by profession and has a long career in business and academia. She was previously vice chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and vice chancellor and chief executive officer of The Open University (UK). Over the years, she has held a range of positions on various boards and trusts in different parts of the world, in both the public and private sectors. She has received recognition in the form of prizes, fellowships and awards (mainly in recognition of her contribution to Higher Education), as well as honorary degrees from 14 universities on four continents. She is an Emeritus Professor in Finance and Accounting and joined the board in 2008.

Jane Hofmeyr (Doctor) (69)

Independent non-executive director​
Member of the nominations, remuneration, transformation, social and ethics committees

PhD (Education, Teaching, Public Policy) (WITS)


Education policy and development
Public and private education

Jane holds a PhD in education policy studies and is currently an independent education and development consultant. She has 30 years of experience and research in public and private education. She launched and managed the Education Policy Unit of the National Business Initiative, followed by 15 years heading the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), where she played a pivotal role in the development of the association. She marketed ISASA vigorously and established its brand while increasing ISASA’s human and physical resources. This reinforced ISASA’s attractiveness to schools as a service provider, and established its reputation as an association of first choice. Jane joined the board in January 2017.

Jonathan Jansen (Professor) (62)

Independent Non-Executive Director 
Chair of the transformation, social and ethics committee and member of the nominations committee

PhD (Stanford), MSc (Cornell), BEd, HEd (UNISA), BSc (UWC)


Transformation, race relations and diversity
Global and international education
Tertiary education

Jonathan is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 2016/17 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is currently President of the South African Institute of Race Relations and President of the South African Academy of Science. 

He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after receiving his science degree from the University of the Western Cape. He obtained a MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.

In 2013, he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York, the Spendlove Prize from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights, and he also won the largest book award from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book, Knowledge in the Blood (published by Stanford University Press). 

His recent books include Leading for Change: Race, intimacy and leadership on divided university campuses (Routledge, 2016), As by fire: the end of the South African university (Tafelberg, 2017), Interracial intimacies on campuses (Bookstorm, 2017) and Song for Sarah (Bookstorm, 2017). His 2018 books include South African Schooling: The Enigma of Inequality (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), The Politics of Curriculum (Wits University Press) and Who gets in and why? The politics of admissions in South Africa's elite schools (UCT Press). Jonathan joined the board in 2004.

Stafford Masie (44)

Independent non-executive director
Member of the investment, nominations and risk committees


Information technology

Stafford commenced his education in South Africa before undertaking studies in computer science at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He has been involved in the IT industry for nearly 20 years, and was associated with pre-eminent IT companies such as Dimension Data, Novell and Google. His passion for technology led to him holding senior executive positions at Novell USA and subsequently at Novell South Africa, and being responsible for establishing Google’s presence in South Africa. After leaving Google in 2009, he established his own business and has since established several technological businesses that have expanded globally. He is known as the inventor of the Thumbzup Payment Pebble” and “Payment Blade”. One of the recent companies he founded raised capital via an International VC and the USA based Visa Incorporated also acquired an equity stake. He continues his entrepreneurial journey today as an inventor in early stage IT start-ups. He also lectures at several business schools, has participated in television and radio broadcasts, and is an international guest speaker on the influence of technology on modern life, society and education. Stafford joined the board in January 2014.

Didier Oesch (53)

Executive director,
Group financial director
Member of the investment and risk committees 

BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)


Financial management and commerce
Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate financing
Corporate governance

Didier qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991, after completing his articles at Betty & Dickson. He gained considerable experience with the Nampak group in various financial positions, culminating in a four-year term in Europe as Financial Director of Nampak Plastics Europe. Didier joined ADvTECH as group financial manager. He was appointed a member of Exco and group financial director in 2005.

Keith Warburton (60)

Independent non-executive director 
Chair of audit committee, member of the nominations and remuneration committees.



Commerce and corporate management
JSE Listed entities and corporate governance
Investment management

Keith is a chartered accountant who has over 30 years’ experience in business and commerce, has held various executive management positions with a number of JSE Listed entities, since qualifying as a chartered accountant at Arthur Andersen. Besides his experience in retailing and wholesaling he also has experience in corporate finance as well as the steel and manufacturing industries. Since 1990, he has been in the retail industry, with his latest term being as chief operating officer and an executive director of Clicks Group Ltd.  He joined the board in July 2015.

Zimmermann, Jens (50)

Independent non-executive director 
Member of the investment, nomination and remuneration committees

BA (Business), MBA (Harvard)


Global investment management - education sector
Corporate financing
Mergers and acquisitions

Jens is chairman of the board of London-listed High Growth Capital, which invests in new technologies. He has more than two decades of private equity experience, along with a track record of building successful businesses internationally. This includes a period as partner and managing director at New Silk Route Growth Capital, a USD1.3 billion fund with investments across the Middle East and Asia.

After working for Booz, Allen & Hamilton’s acquisition services team in the early nineties he joined a pioneer buyout group in Germany, before co-founding HGU Hamburg Private Equity AG in 1998. Since 2004, Jens has worked in Private Equity in South Asia and the Middle East. He has led more than 40 Private Equity investments, served on over 20 boards and founded several companies in the US, Europe and Asia. With a passion for education he has invested in and served on the boards of several globally leading education groups, specifically in the K-12 and tertiary sectors. Jens joined the board in April 2018.

Zinn, Shirley (Professor) (57)

Independent non-executive director
Chair of remuneration committee, member of the investment, nominations and transformation, social and ethics committees

BA, HDipEd (UWC), BEd (Hons) (Unisa), Med (UWC), EdM and EdD (Harvard)


HR Management
Transformation and leadership development

Shirley is the former group head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she headed up Human Resources of Standard Bank South Africa and was deputy global head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group.

Currently, she is an Independent non-executive director on the boards of JSE-listed Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life Insurance Limited, MTN-SA, Shoprite Holdings, Afrocentric and was recently appointed to the boards of LRMG Performance Architects, Cricket South Africa and NPI.

Shirley has held several leadership roles in HR management within the public (SARS) and private sectors (more specifically, the banking industry). Through Shirley Zinn Consulting, she consults to various large organisations in HR strategy, transformation, leadership and education. She is a director and trustee of a number of companies and trusts, including the Boston Consulting Group, Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust, Tuesday Consulting and former chair of the Starfish Greatheart Foundation. She is also an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria and more recently was appointed adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town where she also serves on the Council of the university.

She is the past president of the Institute for People Management South Africa and registered as Master HR Professional with the South Africa Board for People Practice.

In 2015, Shirley published an inspirational book about her own personal and professional life. She joined the board in October 2012.