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Leadership changes announced by Investec Property Fund

Head of Investec Property Fund South Africa trading and development portfolio, Darryl Mayers.
Head of Investec Property Fund South Africa trading and development portfolio, Darryl Mayers.

From the 1st of December 2018, Investec Property Fund’s CEO Nick Riley will be assuming a broader leadership with the company. CFO, Andrew Whooler and Head of Investec Property Fund South Africa trading and development portfolio, Darryl Mayers will take over as Joint CEOs of the fund. 

Nick Riley will remain on the company’s board as a non-executive director where he will continue to play a strategic role in driving the fund’s global property portfolio and he will ensure a smooth leadership handover.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Nick on his promotion and thank Nick for the role he has played in leading the Fund over the past three years. The portfolio of direct assets and investment portfolio that has been assembled stands the Fund in good stead to continue to deliver on its strategic objectives,” said Board Chairman Sam Hackner.

 “I am excited for the Fund’s future with a strong and deep bench skills encompassing direct property, financial and deal making under the new leadership together with having Nick in his new role, still intimately involved.”.

Wooler and Mayers were chosen as joint CEOs for their complementary skills: “When combined with the deep skills and experience on the Fund’s board, this is a very positive result for the business and shareholders. These internal appointments are reflective of the depth of skills and the bench of the manager“, said Hackner, adding that an announcement of a new CFO will be made once appointed.

Wooler is well known to the institutional market having joined the Fund in 2012. As Chief Financial Officer since August 2015, he has been involved in the growth and performance of the Fund from an asset base on listing of R1.7 billion to the current R20.2 billion. Together with the board and management, Wooler has been responsible for the Fund’s conservative approach to its balance sheet and risk management, which is reflective in the strength of the Fund’s Corporate Rating and attractive debt pricing.

Mayers too has a breadth of relevant experience having been involved in various roles in the property industry since the late 1980s. After having spent eight years at Investec, four years of which were in Investec Property, in 2002 Mayers acquired Vered Estates and operated as its MD until 2008 when he re-joined Investec Property. Over the past decade, Mayers has held various leadership roles within Investec Property including the head of retail developments and the head of the South African trading and development business, a position he has held since March 2016. The Fund stands to benefit from his vast experience in direct real estate and developments.