“That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person,
they’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs
Adam has more than 20 years of experience as a qualified attorney specialising in commercial law and tax, and working in private equity and corporate finance.
Before co-founding Broadreach, he held positions as a director at law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, private equity fund manager at Leaf Capital, and head of the Cape Town corporate finance office for Bravura.
Adam has advised on and implemented a full range of private equity and related transactions, from fund structuring to fund raising, making and managing investments, and exiting them. Since co-founding Broadreach with St John, he has focused on establishing its renewable energy business. He has found his passion in the blend of finance, law, science and responsible investing involved in the renewable energy industry.
Adam is a keen trail runner, which he has trouble reconciling with his interest in wine.
Adam BekkerManaging Director
Jock is an engineer with 12 years’ experience in the global energy and technology industries.
He has led multi-disciplinary teams and delivered business development, innovation and efficiency programmes. Jock has experience with emerging technologies such as solar PV and hybrid systems.
He has industrial experience from around the world including working in New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and Norway and has delivered projects in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.
Jock holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, project management qualifications, and has held line management positions at DNV GL.
Jock BrownTechnical Director
St.John’s career spans 25 years in financial services.
His roles have ranged across stockbroking, banking and asset management, with a predominant focus on emerging and frontier markets. Recently, this has been mostly in the private debt and equity arena, with an emphasis on impact and responsible investments. St.John is passionate about financial markets and investing, and believes strongly that asset managers can make a difference both as the custodians of capital, and through the impact of how that capital is directed.
Since joining Broadreach in an executive capacity, St.John has been engaged in corporate finance mandates and business development in the renewable energy sector.
In 2018, St.John and his family, undertook a year’s sabbatical. Heading west around the globe, the trip covered in excess of 80,000km, through 27 countries, with pauses in most of the world’s major wine regions.
St.John BungeyExecutive Director
Marc Immerman is a director of Metier. After joining Metier in 2009 he is now the managing principal of Metier Sustainable Capital and represented on the investment committee.
Marc qualified with a Masters in Finance from UNSW in Sydney Australia after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He began his career in investment banking with Investec in Durban, and later at UBS in Johannesburg as an equity analyst.
Marc acted as CEO in a software business locally and in London, gaining experience in start-ups, rationalisation and international expansion. After deciding to focus on the renewable energy and resource efficiency, Marc co-founded the development of the Bokpoort CSP project. He has been integral in sourcing and transacting across the Mainstream wind portfolio, Bokpoort CSP, AE AMD and Oricol investments and is currently a director on the boards of Tecroveer, Kathu and Sindila.
Marc ImmermanNon-executive director
Robert is an Associate at Metier who graduated from Stellenbosch University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2005 and an LLB (top of his class) in 2008.
After completing his studies, he spent four years at Webber Wentzel attorneys, predominantly in the project finance practice group. During this time, he worked almost entirely in the renewable energy sector, and was part of the team that developed the REIPPP programme. His focus areas included drafting the PPAs for seven different generation technologies, interfacing with the technical and financial advisory teams and participating in bid evaluations. Rob also worked on gas, hydro and other energy and infrastructure project.
In 2012, Rob joined Bain & Company where he consulted to financial services, telecommunications and mining companies. At the end of 2015, he moved to Afriwise where he initially advised companies on African business and legal risks. Rob joined Metier in June 2018, his initial focus area was the management of the Sindila project.
Robert NelNon-executive director
Markus Du Preez
Markus has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years in various fields ranging from corporate banking, Asset Finance, Leverage Finance as well as Private equity and advisory.
His experience ranges across the commercial and development finance industry in South Africa. Markus spend several years in the agricultural sector as General Manager for the Land and Agricultural Bank as well as a Vice President for a Pan African PE fund out of Mauritius. In this role he has picked up valuable project development experience which ranges from large commercial bottling plants as well renewable energy. Markus has a keen interest in providing sustainable funding solutions to SA companies looking to grow and to transform their carbon footprint.
He holds a B.Com Law and M.Com Business Management degree and has a keen interests in travel, wine, sports and the outdoors.
BCom (Law), MCom (Business Management)
Markus Du PreezBusiness Development Executive
Wimpie van Niekerk
Certified Energy Manager International (CEMI) and a Certified Measurement and Verifications Professional (CMVPI) with the Association of Energy Engineers internationally.
Wimpie has more than 10 years’ experience as mechanical engineer in the energy sector. His experience includes the identification and implementation of energy efficiency projects and the development and construction of renewable energy projects. Wimpie’s qualifications include a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the North- West University, Potchefstroom campus. He is also qualified as an Energy Management Systems Expert (ISO 50 001) following the successful completion of a UNIDO funded course at the CSIR. Wimpie is a Certified Energy Manager International (CEMI) and a Certified Measurement and Verifications Professional (CMVPI) with the Association of Energy Engineers internationally.
Wimpie van NiekerkHead of Technical (Johannesburg)
National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Digital Technology), SAPICS PPIM certificate (Principles of Production & Inventory Management)
Martin has 15+ years SAP R/3 Super User experience in the Logistics and Demand Planning space. He has an electronics background with circuit board design and fault-finding experience. Furthermore, his exposure includes extensive experience in data analytics and advanced reporting, and he enjoys applying a creative approach to new projects. Martin recently started applying his combined experience to the Solar Energy industry: he has been analysing customer data and simulated Solar PV designs for the last 7 months.
Martin holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Digital Technology) and a SAPICS PPIM (Principles of Production & Inventory Management) certificate.
Chantál Hugo has been working in Financial Services and heading up operational areas within large Corporates for over 25 years. She currently specialises in the operations management of the new joint venture between Broadreach and Capital Box. Her extensive experience in administration, billing and liability management along with her great management skills and focus on process efficiency and quality, make her an asset to the team. Her passion is ensuring that the customers’ needs are exceeded wherever possible.