Board of directors

David Nurek David Nurek (58)
Independent non-executive chairman
Dip Law, Grad Dip Company Law
Chairman of the Nominations and Remuneration committees
Appointed June 1997

David practised as an attorney with Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik for 32 years, including 23 years as a partner and director. He joined Investec Group in 2000 and is regional chairman of the group’s Western Cape businesses and global head of legal risk for the Investec Group. He is non-executive chairman of Distell Group and Lewis Group, non-executive deputy chairman of Foschini and a non-executive director of Aspen Pharmacare, Sun International and Trencor.
  Peter Eagles Peter Eagles (60)
Non-executive director

B Sc (Pharm), B Sc Hons (Pharm), M Sc (Pharm) (UWC), Ph D (Chemistry) (UCT)
Appointed April 2006
An experienced academic and registered pharmacist since 1974, Professor Eagles has been a member of the South African Pharmacy Council for 14 years and has served as its president since 1998. He was appointed as the vice-chairman in 1995 and chairperson in 2003 of the South African Medicines Control Council. He has served as professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of the Western Cape since 1992.
Fatima Abrahams Fatima Abrahams (45)
Independent non-executive director
B Econ Hons (cum laude), M Com and D Com
Chairman of the Transformation committee
Appointed March 2008

Professor Abrahams is an academic, experienced company director and a registered industrial psychologist. She is currently a senior professor at the University of the Western Cape, having also served as dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Professor Abrahams is chairperson of TSIBA Education, a non-profit private higher educational institution, and is a non-executive director of Foschini and Lewis Group.
  Bertina Engelbrecht Bertina Engelbrecht (45)
Group human resources director
B Proc, LL M, admitted attorney
Appointed as a director in March 2008
An experienced human resources professional, Bertina joined New Clicks in July 2006 as group human resources director. She was previously general manager for Shell SA Energy and regional human resources manager for Shell Oil Products Africa. Prior to this Bertina was director of organisational effectiveness at Sea Harvest, managed her own consultancy practice and spent eight years with Transnet. Bertina was appointed as a non-executive director of Kagiso Investment Trust in July 2008.

John Bester John Bester (62)
Independent non-executive director
B Com Hons, CA (SA), CMS (Oxon)
Chairman of the Audit committee
(from 1 December 2008)
Appointed October 2008
John served as a partner of Ernst & Young for 10 years, has held financial director positions in commerce and industry and is currently the financial director of Personal Trust International. He is non-executive chairman of Barnard Jacobs Mellet Holdings and a non-executive director of Western Province Rugby.

  Michael Harvey Michael Harvey (39)
Managing director, Clicks

Appointed as a director in April 2006
Michael joined Clicks as a management trainee in 1989. After gaining experience in store management he assumed responsibility for regional operations in the Gauteng area and later in the Eastern and Western Cape. He was appointed marketing director of Clicks in 2000 and the following year moved to Discom where he was appointed managing director in 2002. Michael was appointed head of retail for the New Clicks group in June 2004 and managing director of Clicks in February 2005.

Fatima Jakoet Fatima Jakoet (48)
Independent non-executive director
B Sc, CTA, CA (SA), Higher certificate in financial markets
Chairman of the Risk committee
Appointed March 2008
After spending six years in the auditing profession, Fatima lectured in financial accounting at the University of the Western Cape. Thereafter she spent a decade with the Eskom Group in positions from regional and corporate finance to general manager: telecommunications. After working in general management positions at Denel, she left the corporate environment to concentrate on investment opportunities and director responsibilities. Fatima is now a non-executive director of the SA Reserve Bank, Metropolitan Holdings, Impala Platinum and MTN West and Central Africa Region.

  Robert Lumb Robert Lumb (65)
Independent non-executive director
Adv Dip Tax Law, CA (SA)
Chairman of the Audit committee
(until 30 November 2008)
Appointed April 2004
Rob is a former partner of Ernst & Young. He served as managing partner of the firm’s Western Cape practice from 1989 to 2002 and was a member of the national executive committee for 18 years. He is a non-executive director of HomeChoice Holdings and non-executive chairman of Metje & Ziegler.

David Kneale David Kneale (54)
Chief executive officer

Appointed as a director in April 2006
David was appointed chief executive officer of New Clicks in January 2006. He was previously chief commercial officer of health and beauty retailer, Boots Group plc, in the United Kingdom. During his career at Boots David held positions in finance, buying and marketing before being appointed director of merchandise and marketing in 1995 and managing director of international retail development in 1997. After three years as managing director of Waterstone’s Booksellers and a director of HMV Group, he returned to Boots in 2002 as director of trading and was appointed chief commercial officer in January 2003.

  Martin Rosen Martin Rosen (58)
Independent non-executive director
Appointed April 2006

Martin is an accomplished retailer and marketer, having spent 33 years with Pick n Pay before starting his own marketing consultancy in 2004. After 17 years in the retail operations of Pick n Pay, Martin was appointed group marketing director in 1998 and managing director of Pick n Pay Group Enterprises in 2001.


Keith Warburton Keith Warburton (50)
Chief financial officer

B Com, CA (SA)
Appointed as a director in April 2006
Keith has extensive experience in senior financial management in the retail sector. He was previously financial director of Metro Cash and Carry and later financial director and deputy managing director of Score Supermarkets. Keith was appointed financial director of Truworths in 1997 and two years later joined HomeChoice Holdings as chief operating officer. He left the corporate environment in 2001 to establish a business consultancy and joined New Clicks as chief financial officer in September 2005.