Fairheads Benefit Services Board
The Fairheads brand has been developed by our strong team through a steadfast commitment to integrity, professionalism, and service excellence.
Ethan was appointed non-executive Chairman of Fairheads in May 2015, following the BEE transaction whereby Vunani Limited, the black-owned diversified financial services group listed on the JSE, acquired a majority shareholding. Ethan is CEO of Vunani which he co-founded in 1998. Prior to that Ethan gained extensive corporate finance and asset management experience at Standard Chartered Merchant Bank, Southern Asset Managers, and Infinity Asset Management. Ethan holds an MSc in Statistics and an Executive MBA from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.
Having initiated a number of early BEE deals, Mark formed a corporate finance boutique and then advised on the formation of African Harvest Limited in 1997. Mark is responsible for Vunani Capital Proprietary Limited’s private equity segment.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard joined Fairheads in 1989, working initially in private client fiduciary services as a trust officer and managing director. He then specialised in the development of umbrella trusts and beneficiary funds in Southern Africa and has led Fairheads’ umbrella trust and beneficiary fund business since its inception. Richard acts as trustee to a number of umbrella trusts and beneficiary funds. He is a qualified chartered accountant B. Com (Hons) CA (SA).
Business Development Director
Giselle has been in the financial services industry for nearly 25 years. She holds a BSc, as well as financial planning and management qualifications. Giselle joined Fairheads in 2003. She is responsible for strategic liaison with potential and existing large clients as well as stakeholders ranging from organised labour, service providers, retirement funds, the Financial Services Board and the master’s Office, to National Treasury. She is a member of the Pensions Advisory Committee and a commercial member of the SARS Tax Court. She also heads up advisory and training services to Fairheads’ clients.
Olefile holds a master’s degree in development finance. He has over 9 years of experience in the financial services sector. Olefile joined Fairheads in 2007 as an Operations Manager. He is a consultant for Fairheads Umbrella Beneficiary Fund and Fairheads Umbrella Trust and a Key Account Manager for one of our mining clients. He is also the Project Sponsor for Fairheads’ guardian roadshows. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of directors with responsibility for the Communications portfolio.
Marilyn joined Fairheads in 1989. She has a B.Compt degree and worked as the financial manager of various business units at Fairheads until she was appointed as group financial director in 2002. Marilyn’s responsibilities include finance, operations, risk and compliance, legal and human resource management.
Marketing and Consulting Director
David joined Fairheads in 2011. He has 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the banking and finance sectors in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to joining Fairheads, David held overall leadership of the Western Australian operations of United Community Credit Union, a large mutual bank, where he had worked since 1998. Prior to that he was with Personal Trust (SA), PwC (UK) and Nedcor Bank (A). David has a Bachelor of Business Degree, majoring in Finance and Management from Edith Cowen University, Perth. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of directors with responsibility for the Marketing and Consulting portfolio.
Aldrin has a master’s degree in counselling psychology (Stellenbosch). He is registered with the HPCSA and has plied his trade in a variety of sectors. Aldrin joined Fairheads in 2005 as Human Resources Manager, tasked with aligning Fairheads human resources to meet the company’s operational and strategic objectives. He was appointed HR Director in 2011 and with the co-operation of a passionate and competent team he is now responsible for all facets of HR within the company. Aldrin derives great satisfaction in optimising employee potential to deliver operational excellence.