CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. D 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 Facilities Management, 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 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.
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 the compay 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.
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 Rebhold. She 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. She won the Lifetime Achiever Award in 2016, which is the highest honour and most covetted award of The Future of HR Awards.
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.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER – CUSTOMISED
Bernice Makumbila was officially appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Customised Solutions portfolio on the 1st January, 2022. This Portfolio comprises of varying blue-chip contracts ranging from soft service bundled solutions to full Integrated Facilities Management including an array of technical and engineering competencies.
Bernice joined Bidvest Facilities Management in 2009 having previously gained experience at EMI Professional Engineers, Eskom and Old Mutual Properties. During her 13-year tenure with Bidvest Facilities Management, Bernice has successfully managed a number of our blue-chip clients across various industries including Mining, Petroleum and Manufacturing and through her strong focussed leadership style and customer-centric approach is held in high regard by her superiors, colleagues, subordinates. As the COO for the Customised Solutions portfolio, Bernice’s responsibilities include, inter-alia, oversight of day-to-day operations, the development and execution of operating strategies, policies and procedures, in alignment with the Enterprise Group Strategy.
Bernice holds various academic and technical qualifications, which includes a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (HC) from the Tshwane University of Technology, B-Tech in Project Management, B-Tech in Electrical Engineering (HC), an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from Wits Business School and the prestigious and bespoke Business Management and Leadership certificate from the Bidvest Academy Programme for highflyers.
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 maximise the appropriate use of technology within Bidvest Facilities Management to ensure the company retains its position as a leader in Facilities Management.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER: TELECOMMUNICATIONS
C van der Merwe
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 operationalise 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.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Yolande Baron joined Bidvest Facilities Management as Chief Operations Officer for a large blue-chip banking client in January 2020. Yolande will be responsible for ensuring that all strategic, critical & operational facilities requirements, as defined by the client, meet business as well as contractual needs. Prior to joining Bidvest Facilities Management, Yolande served as a Divisional Executive of a large retail company, responsible for the conceptualisation and delivery of the group’s asset management strategies and objectives. In addition, Yolande has extensive exposure and experience within the facilities, financial services and retail sector. Yolande holds a B. Com degree in Accounting & Finance, with articles and is currently studying towards an MBA from GIBS.
CHIEF SALES AND MARKETING OFFICER
Nazlie Dickson was appointed as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Bidvest Facilities Management in March 2019. Her responsibilities include generation of new facilities management contracts as well as technical contracts thereby ensuring growth of the company and positively contributing to the vision and objectives of Bidvest Facilities Management. She is also responsible for all marketing activities as well as brand development. Previously Nazlie worked for an international building technology company for 18years, ensuring growth of the brand and product across the world. Nazlie holds a BA degree in communication as well as diplomas in management, international trade and exports with extensive experience in the sales and marketing fields for over 15years
The following members support the Bidvest Facilities Management Board:
A. Fainman (Chairman)
Dr. D. Leslie (CEO)