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Peter Bacon
Peter Bacon
Independent Non-Executive Chairperson
Peter Bacon
National Diploma in Hotel Keeping and Catering; Stanford Executive Programme

Peter was appointed independent non-executive director and Chairman of Atlantic Leaf on 8 July 2014.

Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the hospitality and gaming industry and was the Chief Executive of Sun International Limited from 1994 until his retirement in 2006. He is currently a non-executive director of Sun International Limited.

Peter previously served as a director of Woolworths Holdings Limited, Chairman of the National Sea Rescue Institute, Chairman of Cape Town Routes Unlimited, the destination marketing organisation for the Western Cape, and Chairman of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. He also served as a director of South Africa Tourism.

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Paul Leaf-Wright
Paul Leaf-Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Leaf-Wright
B Com

Paul has over 30 years of property and financial services experience. He established Leaf Capital in 2004, together with Jacqui Hathorn. Paul completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and Touche in 1986.

He subsequently held various roles in NBS Bank and BoE (subsequently Nedbank Ltd) which included financial and strategy director, head of treasury, director of property and asset finance, and head of wealth management.

During his years in the banking sector his roles included running the bank’s private equity division, co-ordinating mergers and acquisitions of both bank and third party deals, establishment of BEE companies and funding of a wide range of projects. Paul has also served on the boards of a number of listed companies.

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Mark Pryce
Mark Pryce
Financial Director
Mark Pryce
BBusSci (Finance Honours), PGDA

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree with Honours in Finance from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003.

He is a CFA Charterholder which he obtained in 2008. He has nearly 20 years of working experience in the financial services industry with significant experience in investment banking, corporate finance and fund management obtained in New York, London, Johannesburg and Cape Town. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer of Ora Fund Managers and other senior positions.

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Laurence Rapp
Laurence Rapp
Non-Executive Director
Laurence Rapp
BCom (Hons), Wharton Executive Programme

Laurence is the CEO of Vukile Property Fund Limited, one of South Africa’s largest listed REITs, and chairman of Vukile’s listed Spanish subsidiary Castellana Property Socimi S.A..

He has significant property experience and has led Vukile through various corporate activities, including the transaction with Synergy Income Fund Limited. In addition to his wealth of property experience Laurence has extensive experience in financial services environment, spanning investment banking, private equity, retail banking, and insurance and asset management.

He was previously Chairman of the SA REIT Association and a director of Standard Bank, as head of the Insurance and Asset management divisions, and previously in charge of the Strategic Investments and Alliances division.

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Cleopatra Folkes
Cleopatra Folkes
Independent Non-Executive Director
Cleopatra Folkes

After graduating in 2005 with a distinction in Veterinary Medicine, Cleo spent 3 years in private small animal practice as a Veterinary Surgeon with an active role in the business management.

Since joining Folkes Holdings Ltd in 2009 Cleo has quickly risen up the ranks from Business Development to Director of Operations to her current position as Deputy Chairman.

She holds active positions on the boards of all the Folkes Holding Group companies; both engineering and property and additionally holds a Directorship and alternate Directorship on the boards of two private South African property funds. Cleo also actively participates in the Young Investors Organisation which is a global network of next generation leaders.

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Rudolf Pretorius
Rudolf Pretorius
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director
Rudolf Pretorius
BCompt Hons

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in South Africa in the mid 1980’s, Rudolf spent twelve years with Rand Merchant Bank and the FirstRand banking group, before founding Treacle Private Equity (Pty) Ltd in 2000.

Treacle raised and managed two successful general South African focused private equity funds between 2000 and 2015. Rudolf is currently resident in Mauritius where he is a director of Adansonia Holdings, and serves on the boards of various investee companies spanning the information technology and financial services industries in Mauritius, sub-Saharan Africa and the USA.

He also acts as independent non-executive director (and investment committee member) for a number of USA and South African based private equity funds that principally invest in Africa.

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 Nicholas Winearls
Nicholas Winearls
Independent Non-Executive Director
Nicholas Winearls

Nick started his professional career in 1975 at The Board of Executors (later rebranded as BoE) in Cape Town, handling both domestic and international financial planning for high net worth individuals. In 1987, he moved abroad to join accountants Touche Ross and Co in the Isle of Man in their newly established Offshore Department, dealing extensively with IPO’s.

In 1999, he re-joined BoE to establish and head up their international trust company in the Isle of Man. In 2009, he moved to Monaco following his appointment as a Director of independent trust company Landmark Management SAM, from which he retired in May 2018.

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Charles Butler
Charles Butler
Independent Non-Executive Director
Charles Butler
ACA, AFP, BSc (Hons)

Mr Butler is a co-founder and partner at Belerion Capital Group Limited, a British firm providing investment advice with a focus on the e-commerce and technology sectors. He is also currently the non-executive Chairman of Highcroft Investments Limited, non-executive director of MySale Group Plc and Essensys Plc and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mr Butler was the Chief Executive Officer of Market Tech Holdings Limited, a large UK-listed property and digital technology group, until January 2018. Having led Market Tech to a successful listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, he subsequently went on to raise over GBP 1 billion in equity and debt for Market Tech. Prior to joining Market Tech, Mr Butler was the Group Chief Executive of Netplay TV, an AIM listed UK interactive TV gaming company, where he led a significant turnaround of the business.

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Paul Leaf-Wright
Paul Leaf-Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Leaf-Wright
B Com

Paul has over 30 years of property and financial services experience. He established Leaf Capital in 2004, together with Jacqui Hathorn. Paul completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and Touche in 1986.

He subsequently held various roles in NBS Bank and BoE (subsequently Nedbank Ltd) which included financial and strategy director, head of treasury, director of property and asset finance, and head of wealth management.

During his years in the banking sector his roles included running the bank’s private equity division, co-ordinating mergers and acquisitions of both bank and third party deals, establishment of BEE companies and funding of a wide range of projects. Paul has also served on the boards of a number of listed companies.

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Shaun Fourie
Shaun Fourie
Chief Investment Officer
Shaun Fourie

Shaun has significant experience in the property sector and has established networks and relationships in South Africa and the UK. He was previously Head of Silver Leaf Property Fund, an income-focused property fund which he grew to gross property assets of R650m.

Before this, Shaun was with Old Mutual Property Investments for six years. He was responsible for investment sales and acquisitions of the various funds across the regions and portfolios.

Shaun has expertise in fund management, property financing, development, leasing, valuations, strategy and research.

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Mark Pryce
Mark Pryce
Financial Director
Mark Pryce
BBusSci (Finance Honours), PGDA

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree with Honours in Finance from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003.

He is a CFA Charterholder which he obtained in 2008. He has nearly 20 years of working experience in the financial services industry with significant experience in investment banking, corporate finance and fund management obtained in New York, London, Johannesburg and Cape Town. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer of Ora Fund Managers and other senior positions.

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Robert Ferguson
Robert Ferguson
Asset Manager
Robert Ferguson

Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town and is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Rob was involved in the property fund management division at Leaf Capital for the 4 years before joining Atlantic Leaf.

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Tim Leaf-Wright
Tim Leaf-Wright
Risk and Compliance Manager
Tim Leaf-Wright

Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University of Wellington, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

He has experience in domestic, indirect and international tax at PwC New Zealand, and completed a one year fund accounting contract with a Vancouver investment firm before joining Atlantic Leaf.

Tim manages our tax and risk functions and is part of the broader finance team.

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Caroline Allen
Caroline Allen
Finance Manager
Caroline Allen

Caroline is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

She has 9 years of international audit and management experience with BDO in Guernsey, London and New Zealand. Her experience at BDO included two years in the Real Estate and Construction team in the London office.

Caroline is a member of the finance team and manages the group’s financial reporting.

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