Fairheads Financial 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.
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).
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.
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.