Executive Chairman of UK fresh produce specialist, Fresca Group Ltd, Chris Mack has led his business through fast-paced change and significant growth in recent years. After his degree and his first job as an apple grower, Chris began his career with Fresca as a salesman, working his way up through the business.
Today the companies in Fresca are growers, importers, packers and marketing agents to retail and wholesale markets. Their collective sales exceed £500 million each year, with around 1000 employees and many global fresh produce supply partners.
De Villiers Graaff
De Villiers Graaff currently holds directorships of The Waitrose Foundation (SA), De Grendel Wines, Delecta fruit and Graaff fruit.
He graduated from University of Stellenbosch ( B. Agric. Admin) in 2003 and in 1995 International Trade Studies from University of Colorado.
Jocelyn Clarke joined Waitrose 21 years ago after spending 10 years working in the UK diary industry.
She has been in a number of different roles within Waitrose, starting in Food Technology, before moving into Buying.
Director Quality and Technical, Waitrose (UK)
Energetic, international entrepreneur with deep experience in strategic management. in Europe, Latin America and Africa. High level strategic thinker and executor. Intense understanding of diverse cultures and their complexities. Exceptional track record in change, re-structure, growth and turnaround situations, designing and implementing international acquisition, disposal and restructuring strategies across Europe, Latin America and Africa, in and with diverse cultures. Experienced (25 years) owner and leader of multiple businesses, in various countries and environments. Done business in 37 countries globally. Creator of businesses with strong market reputations, utilizing a deep understanding of cultural imperatives and diversity. Delivering growth: top and bottom line. International high profile network. Extensive experience and excellent contacts globally. Well experienced and connected in EU-Brussels. Board member across 3 different continents. Ability to encourage others to exceed their own capabilities: pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Following a degree in Agriculture at London University I worked with my father on the family farm growing apples and pears. Initially the farm packed its own fruit until this was shut in 2002 and the fruit packed by other grower packers involved with Fruition PO. During this period I was involved as a director with various companies associated with the Fruition Cooperative in a non-executive capacity. I was Chairman of Fruition Group when it formed the JV with Enzafruit Worldwide and became a director of the JV before becoming the non-executive chairman when Geest sold its shares to the English business. In July 2006 stepped down as non-executive Chairman and became the CEO, a post held for eight years until July 2014. I became a director of the Waitrose Foundation when topfruit joined. I have now returned to the farm full time.
Veronica van Schalkwyk
I was born on 11 April 1965 and Matriculated in 1982 , Vereeninging, Gauteng. I attended to the Ann Latsky College in Johannesburg and qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1985. July 1986 – April 1991: I worked at ISCOR, a big steel factory in Vanderbijlpark. There I worked in the medical station’s emergency department, did the medical tests on new employees and later started to facilitate First Aid and HIV training. After my daughter was born in May 1991 I stopped working until April 2007. During that time I was involved with the local school and church activities, amongst others, organising Gospel festivals. I began working at Karsten Boerdery in April 2007 as a Social Development Officer. I am co-ordinating the clinics, crèches and the religious programmes on the six farms along the Orange River in the Northern Cape, run the HIV programme on the farms, and facilitate First Aid training on all the Karsten Farms in the Northern and Western Cape. I am one of the Albert Heijn Project Co-ordinators and the Waitrose Foundation Project Co-ordinator since 2012. These projects involve things like co-ordinating building projects (crèches and community halls) and equipping these halls and crèches. I am also involved with Women Clubs on 3 farms where women manufacture hand work and needlework articles which is then sold to local markets.
Andries Johannes Erwee – Owner Monteith Trust, Grabouw, Western Cape.
Andries Johannes Erwee was born on 18th March 1960. He attended school in Grabouw in the Western Cape where the family farm is also situated. His studies for a B.Sc. Agricultural degree was completed at Stellenbosch University from 1981 to 1984.
In Janauary 1985 he joined his father Jurie Johannes Erwee on the farms that comprise Monteith Trust. With the mentorship of his father he learned extensively about fruit production and packing as they were founding members of Kromco.
In time other farms were aquired. The first was the farm, Hoëkraal, near Swellendam which was mainly a dairy and wheat farm. Apples, pears and soft citrus were subsequently planted on 80 hectare.Then the farm Meulriver near Greyton was bought and 80 hectare of decidious fruit was established.
In time Andries took over the management of all the farming operations of Monteith Trust. He also became a director of Kromco when his father retired from the industry.
Currently Trusts of which Andries is a trustee, holds 51% of the shares in Kromco and Andries officiates as Chairman of the Kromco Board. He also serves as director on the board for APSAP and Associated Food Processors.
Sizwe Magagula – General Manager Human Resources, Westfalia, Limpopo.
Mr. Sizwe Magagula has spent over 17 years of his working career in Human Resources Management, 11 of which were in Senior Management, both as an HRD specialist and Human Resources Generalist for major corporate companies in South Africa. His career highlights include BP Southern Africa, as the Head of Talent and Learning and Development, taking responsibility for the total function and implementation of the company’s human capital development strategy following various HR generalist roles within BPSA. He also worked as Talent and Leadership Lead for Senwes Limited and Human Resources Director for Sturrock and Robson Industries.
He is currently a General Manager – Human Resources at Westfalia Fruit Limited, a member of Hans Merensky Holding (HMH) Group, and responsible for both Human Resources and Community Development. His role in Westfalia’s Community Development affairs includes development of the company’s Community Development Strategy as well as overseeing its implementation. He is a Non-Executive Director of the South African Growers Association (SAAAGA) and a Non-Executive director of Waitrose Foundation Southern Africa (WFSA).
In all these roles he was always involved with several aspects of the Talent Management development, e.g. Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition (including selection and on-boarding), Succession Management, Leadership/Management Development, Assessment Centres, Performance Management, Training, Mentorship, Succession Development and Career Counselling. He has also gained extensive experience in Organization design, focusing on organisation diagnostics, business process mapping, role profiling, and service delivery models and structural design.
Sizwe has extensive experience in Employee Relations, including working with trade unions, handling CCMA cases, managing proactive employee engagement and communication programmes. He a Fairtrade officer for Westfalia Fruit Estate.
Sizwe holds a Master of Commerce (M.Com) degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree from The University of South Africa (UNISA-School of Business Leadership). He is also a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a member of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA), former member of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) HRM sub-committee as Deputy Chairperson among other professional memberships.
Wimpie Paulse – Human Resource Manager, Lushof Graff- Fruit, Ceres, Western Cape
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