Independent non-executive director
Chairman of the Audit committee
Appointed to the board: April 2019

Mr Riddle previously held the positions of Commercial Director and Group Corporate & External Affairs Director of lllovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd (lllovo) for seven years and three years respectively. He held a number of senior management positions within lllovo, including General Manager of the lllovo South African Operations prior to his appointment as a director. Mr Riddle also played a key role in looking after the lllovo Joint Ventures and Associate companies in the group, including Gledhow Sugar Company, Glendale Distilling Company, Lacsa (Pty) Ltd and Relax Limited. He was also chairman of a number of the lllovo retirement funds. He is a past chairman of the South African Sugar Millers' Association and the Ethanol Producers' Association of South Africa.


Group CEO and Director of CBL
Appointed to the board: August 2019

Kennett is a CFA charter holder and a chartered accountant and holds a Honours degree in Accountancy. He has over 18 years of experience in asset management, auditing, finance and operational management and corporate finance and private equity. Prior to joining the Crookes Brothers team, Kennett worked at PwC, Sanlam Investments (one of the five largest asset managers in Africa) and Exeo Capital (the manager to Agri-Vie: Africa Food and Agribusiness Private Equity Funds I and II). During his tenure at EXEO Capital he fulfilled the role of private equity partner and at Sanlam Investments he fulfilled the role of, amongst other functions, portfolio manager, private equity deal maker and most recently the head of operations and finance of Sanlam International Investments. During his career, he has been instrumental in the structuring and implementation of several large, successful investments and corporate mergers and restructurings. Kennett’s skills in corporate leadership, private equity, deal structuring, business and strategic planning and corporate restructuring have been gained in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Namibia, Mauritius, India, Australia, Europe, UK, Bermuda and the USA. During his career he has served on numerous boards of directors, executive committees and investment committees.


Independent non-executive director
Member of the Agricultural, Audit, Remuneration, Social and Ethics and Nominations committees
Chairman of the Risk committee
Appointed to the board: July 2015

Richard was a practicing attorney before joining SA Breweries, where he served in a number of executive positions over many years. Richard has consulted to a number of leading companies and is founder and executive director of Altor Africa (Pty) Limited, which is engaged primarily in animal and human nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Independent non-executive director
Member of the Audit and Remuneration committees
Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Appointed to the board: May 2008

Trained at Deloitte and UAL Merchant Bank, Malcolm spent his working career as chief financial officer of Dimension Data. He currently runs his own private equity fund specialising in investment in the agricultural and food sectors.


Non-executive director
Member of the Risk and Agricultural committees
Appointed to the board: July 2015

Tim has significant personal farming interests as well as serving as Managing Director of Ellingham Estate. Tim was previously manager of the Banana Growers Association of South Africa and is currently a member of several SA Cane Growers structures, as well as serving as a grower nominee on Illovo’s Sezela Mill management committee.


Independent non-executive director
Member of the Nominations committee
Chairman of the Remuneration and Social and Ethics committees
Appointed to the board: May 2011

Phumla is the founder and managing director of Lehumo Women’s Investment Holdings, a women-owned investment holding company. Prior to this she spent most of her career working for the Tongaat Hulett Group and Deloitte. Phumla is chairperson of the boards of the Tolcon Group and Gold Circle, and is a director of Spar.

She is chairperson of the Siyazisiza Trust, established to benefit rural women, and served as chairperson of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Council from 2011 to 2015.


Non-executive director
Member of the risk committee
Chairman of the Agricultural committee
Appointed to the board: November 2012

Tim is Head of Agricultural Research for Silverstreet Capital. He has extensive experience in the management of large commercial farms in Africa, including the development of green-field sites and out-grower schemes.


Non-executive director
Member of the Nominations committee
Appointed to the board: November 2012

Gary is chief investment officer of Silverstreet Capital, a London-based investment management business focused on the agricultural sector in Africa. He previously worked at Gartmore Investment and ABN AMRO, both based in London.


Group financial director
Member of risk and social and ethics committees
Joined the board: April 2016

Greg ran his own accounting practice prior to joining Nashua as financial director. He subsequently served as group financial executive at Africa Procurement Agencies (APA), a retail, wholesale and hospitality business trading throughout southern Africa. Greg joined Crookes Brothers in August 2015.