Executive Chairman of Nova. Connie is a corporate lawyer by training and holds a B.Com.(Hons), LLB and H.Dip Tax. His legal career started at Hofmeyr Attorneys (Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1976. He left 24 years later, as a senior partner, to join PSG Investment Bank Holdings as director. Thereafter, he resumed legal practice as a corporate law advisor for his own account. He is a senior lawyer with extensive commercial, banking and financial services-related expertise, linked with his legal background.
CEO of Nova and Managing Director of subsidiary Frontier Accounting and Secretarial Services. Dominique holds a B.Compt degree and completed SAICA Articles with BDO Spencer Steward Chartered Accountants in 2003. She started her commercial financial career as an internal auditor in 2004. She has since served as financial and executive director of various companies in the property sector, and independently serves on various boards. She is a member of the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners as a registered general tax practitioner. She is registered as a Principal (Professional Practitioner in Real Estate) with the EAAB and is a member of SACSC (South African Council of Shopping Centres).
Executive Property Director of Nova, Matthew has been active in the commercial property industry for more than 20 years, with a strong focus on retail property. He has completed a number of industry related courses including the Advanced Certificate in Shopping Centre Leadership (University of Pretoria), the Building Technology and Construction Programme (University of the Free State) and the RICS Mediation Course (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). He has also completed a Senior Management Programme (University of Pretoria). He is registered as a Principal (Professional Practitioner in Real Estate) with the EAAB and is a member of SAPOA and SACSC (South African Council of Shopping Centres).
Chairman of Nova’s Remuneration Committee and of Nova’s Audit Committee. Lazarus is a seasoned and accomplished entrepreneur. He has founded, and chairs and chaired, the boards of many successful entities, including Pitsa YeSechaba Holdings, Majestic Silver Trading, United Manganese of Kalahari, and the Ukupha Group of Companies. His experience also includes serving as director on the boards of companies such as Kwaguga Metal Dealers (which became a JV with Anglo American Small Business Development), Millennium Properties Holdings, and Songoba Air. Among his strengths is his vision with regard to BBBEE and a keen understanding of government processes.
Nova’s Social and Ethics Committee Chair. Nigel is an Asset Manager by profession and the CEO of the Enterprise Development Property Fund, which is the appointed enterprise development partner to the SA Institute of Black Property Practitioners. Previously the senior asset manager of Rebosis Properties Limited (a JSE listed REIT) and director of operations for Billion Asset Management. He has more than 15 years of industry experience across a wide range of sectors within the property sector. Having started with JHI as a property and financial manager for several portfolios, he moved to Old Mutual Properties’ retail division as financial manager, before moving to the new business development division, where he developed opportunities previously uncharted in the SA retail sector.
Advocate Jan SmitNon-Executive
Nova’s Nomination Committee Chair. Jan is a practicing advocate and holds a BA, LLB, ILPA. He is a member of the Johannesburg Bar since 1989 and has experience spanning 3 decades in commercial law. For the last 10 years he has been with the Maisels Group of Advocates and is presently a Senior Junior Advocate, specialising in commercial litigation, motion and trial work.
Jane serves on a number of Nova’s Board Committees. She is an independent consultant with skills in Strategy, Corporate Finance, Business Process Modelling, Programme and Project Management, Stakeholder Management, Change Management, Regulatory Compliance and Resource Modelling and Analysis. She is uniquely positioned to apply technical experience in Technology, Business Analysis as well as Financial Management. She has a strong Team Management background and extensive experience in Innovation with success in enhancing the bottom line.