Bruce is well-known in property circles having being involved in the industry in both Joburg and Cape Town for nearly 40 years. He has BSc (Town and Regional Planning) and MBA degrees, and spent several years in the planning profession before moving into property development and then into property asset and fund management. He worked with a number of South Africa’s top property companies before starting Spire Property Group with Rodney Squire-Howe in 1999. He was involved in the listing of Paramount Property Fund in 2001, building it to R3.5-billion before it was sold in 2006, and of Tower Property Fund in 2001, where he is currently a non-executive director. He was the founding Chair of the Green Building Council of South Africa, and immediate past Chair of the World Green Building Council where he continues to serve as director. Bruce is currently Group MD of Spire Property Group.
John Bester been involved in the accounting profession for 16 years and in commerce and industry for 30 years. John Bester was a partner of the audit firm Ernst & Young. He was responsible for the restructuring and the listing of Norwich Holdings Ltd, leading a team of professionals who successfully listed the company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. John Bester is a past Chairman of the Board of Barnard Jacobs Mellet Limited (was listed on the JSE) and was an independent non-executive director as well as chairman of their Remuneration Committee. He was a non-executive director of the Paramount Properties Group Limited, as JSE listed company until it was taken over. He was a member of the Audit Committee. John Bester chaired the Financial and Commercial Committee of Cricket South Africa as well as serving on the Board of CSA and was a member of CSA’s Audit and Remuneration Committees until February 2013.
Raven has a B.Sc. from the University of Durban-Westville, an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Durban-Westville, a Ph.D. in Physics form the University of Cape Town, and a Masters degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation from the University of Sussex, UK. He is the Executive Chairman of Future Perfect Corporation. He has had board level positions at The Cape IT Initiative (CITI) and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Tellumat and Sentech. Raven has consulted with various government bodies through all levels of government. He is currently the Senior advisor to the City of Cape Town on its telecommunications strategy and its broadband strategy.