David Leslie

Dr David Leslie joined Bidvest Facilities Management as CEO in January 2016, after holding various management roles in the facilities management, financial services and hospitality industries for close on 30 years.

He brings with him years of expertise at successfully nurturing and leading high performance senior management teams and delivering innovative solutions, while driving efficiencies and productivity.

He holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from the internationally renowned Henley Management College.

Dr Leslie began his career within the hospitality sector and worked at Southern Sun Hotels and progressed through the ranks into management. In 1986, he joined Sun International where he held various management positions. He joined Eskom in 1995 within their catering and accommodation services department, where he won management awards for exceptional performance and achievements during his 11 year tenure. In 2006, he joined Standard Bank as Director of Operations to open the prestigious Global Leadership Centre. Prior to joining Bidvest FM, he was the executive responsible for managing the vast Standard Bank commercial facilities portfolio for South Africa.

Dr Leslie’s main responsibilities at Bidvest Facilities Management will include the conceptualisation and execution of the company’s corporate strategy, with his key focus being on driving growth, profitability and long term sustainability.

Dr Leslie is passionate about people and is a proponent of continuous self-development. Respect and integrity are values that he considers to be non-negotiable and his leadership approach attests to this. His hallmark is the consistent pursuit of excellence in client service delivery.

Nicky Groeneveld
Chief Financial Officer

Nicky Groeneveld, Bidvest Facilities Management’s Chief Financial Officer has 12 years’ Facilities Management Experience. She is a Chartered Accountant and joined Bidvest Facilities Management as Financial Director in December, 2002, with responsibility for the full financial function of the financial department, with a staff of 70 employees. Prior to Bidvest Facilities Management, she worked in financial management positions in Telkom and Comparex Africa, where she gained significant experience in budgeting, accounting practices, and management reporting, rising to the position of Senior Financial Manager: Business Applications.

Akona Ngcuka
Chief Operations Officer: Customised Solutions

Akona Ngcuka, Bidvest Facilities Management’s Chief Operations Officer: Customised Solutions, has 12 years’ experience in Financial Management, Commercial Management and Infrastructure Development. She holds a B. Com Accounting from the University of Fort Hare, a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management from the University of Natal and a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Before joining Bidvest Facilities Management she was an Infrastructure Development Manager within the Group Five Investments and Concessions team, managing the development of a number of project-financed infrastructure projects within the real estate, roads and renewable energy sectors. She joined Bidvest Facilities Management in 2013 and her current responsibilities as COO include overseeing day-to-day operations, developing operations strategies and policies, and ensuring alignment between the operating divisions in order to deliver on the company strategy. She also sits on the boards of Rainprop, EDC and Rebserve, the concessionaire company and operating entities managing the Department of Trade and Industry Head office PPP.

Cornelius van der Merwe
Chief Operations Officer: Telecommunications

Cornelius van der Merwe, Bidvest Facilities Management’s Chief Operations Officer has 27 years’ experience in Plant and Facilities Maintenance and 15 years management experience in Production, Plant Development and Facility Maintenance. He obtained a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Vaal University of Technology, and acquired a B. Com in Business Management from the University of South Africa in 1999.  Before joining Bidvest Facilities Management, he held various managerial positions within the heavy engineering industry with responsibilities ranging from maintenance, production, engineering and logistics. He joined Bidvest Facilities Management’s Executive Management 11 years ago with responsibilities throughout the Facility Management value chain. He currently serves on the Board and EXCO of Bidvest Facilities Management as Chief Operating Officer of the Telecommunications business. His key responsibilities are to strategically align and successfully operationalize the business to client service, shareholder investment and profitability demands by ensuring optimal selection and management of resources such as people, assets, technology and funding.

Aninka Wessels
Chief of People Management

Aninka Wessels, Bidvest Facilities Management’s Chief of People Managment, has 25 years’ experience in Human Capital and Labour Relations. She obtained a BA Honours in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch in 1985.  She is an IPM member and is registered with the Human Resources Council. Before joining Bidvest Facilities Management she worked as a Human Capital Manager for Continental China, Omnia and RebholdShe joined Bidvest Facilities Management in 2006 and was responsible for establishing the Training and Development Academy which included management development programs and the technical training school, a first in the Facilities Management industry. Her current responsibilities involve leading the human capital and transformation function and team.

Derek Jack
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Derek Jack, Bidvest Facilities Management’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, is an admitted attorney who has worked in the property and facilities management arena for the past 15 years. He obtained a B. Proc from the University of South Africa in 2002. He has worked in managerial roles in the legal, HR, sourcing, supply chain and new business fields. These include positions as Legal Advisor, HR Manager and Regional Sourcing Manager for the Middle East and Africa at Johnson Controls. He joined Bidvest Facilities Management in 2013 and his current responsibilities as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer include new business development, marketing and solutions’ architecture for new business and clients’ customised solutions.

Rob Redaelli
Chief Information Officer

Rob Redaelli, Bidvest Facilities Management’s, Chief Information Officer  has 13 years’ experience in Facilities Management and 20 years’ experience in Information Technology and Systems Implementation. He obtained a BSc in Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 and an MBL from University of South Africa in 2001. Before joining Bidvest Facilities Management, he held various positions in business consulting, IT management and software development across multiple industries. He joined Bidvest Facilities Management in 2001 and his current responsibilities as CIO include IT strategy and technology implementation and management. His goal is to maximize the appropriate use of technology within Bidvest Facilities Management to ensure the company retains its position as a leader in Facilities Management.

Krisen Naicker
Chief Commercial Officer

Krisen Naiker joined Bidvest Facilities Management as Chief Commercial Officer in September 2016, after 15 years of experience in procurement, logistics and facilities management across multiple commodities and services.  His current role involves the management of procurement, logistics and soft services, supporting the company’s drive to deliver stand-alone or bundled technical services. 

Krisen started his career in logistics with Anglo American in 2001, followed by a period at Intrinsic Technologies, which was acquired by the Business Connexion in 2003, when he was appointed Logistics Head for their Zambian operation until 2006. He then joined NJH Consulting for 3 years and managed the logistics and procurement portfolios servicing the mining sector in Zambia. In 2009, he joined Standard Bank as Manager of Logistics within the procurement division in Johannesburg. He was promoted to Head of Logistics for the group in 2012, and moved to the real estate division as Senior Manager of Logistics Operations in 2013.  He holds a Diploma in Logistics Management and is Six Sigma Certified, and is a Member of SIPS.


Leadership direction begins at the very top, and we are fortunate to have a Board of Directors of high repute, with a diversity of skills and business experience. We are proud of Bidvest Facilities Management’s directorate of distinction.

Bidvest Facilities Management Group Executive Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • David Leslie: Chief Executive Officer
  • Nicky Groeneveld: Chief Financial Officer
  • Akona Ngcuka: Chief Operations Officer: Customised Solutions
  • Cornelius van der Merwe: Chief Operations Officer: Telecommunications
  • Rob Redaelli: Chief Information Officer
  • Derek Jack: Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
  • Aninka Wessels: Chief of People Management

These members support the Bidvest Facilities Management Board: 

  • D Leslie
  • N M Groeneveld
  • A N Ngcuka
  • A Fainman
  • B A Gosai
  • N T Madisa
  • G M Dludla

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