Derek Hamilton Lawrance is a Chartered Accountant C.A.(S.A.) and has been successful in managing multi-disciplinary environments, including joint ventures with both local and foreign partners; the development and implementation of high-level business strategies requiring negotiating and problem solving skills, as well as a knowledge of the legal, financial and operational issues pertaining thereto.
He currently acts both as an independent director, chairman or deputy chairman of the following companies: The Thekwini and Amber House Funds Ltd, which are part of the SA Home Loans Group, Expand a Sign International (Pty) Ltd, Bosch Projects (Pty) Ltd, Mion Holdings (Pty) Ltd and ART Solar (Pty) Ltd.
Hendrik Roux van der Merwe, a BA(Law), LLB and LLM(Tax) graduate initially practiced as a commercial, corporate and litigation attorney in Johannesburg, handling a number of major mergers, acquisitions and JSE listings transactions in the course of his practice.
He has held and continues to hold senior executive positions and directorships in large stock exchange listed corporate entities in the industrial sector and has extensive experience in the implementation of growth and turnaround strategies in the banking and commercial sectors, both in South Africa and abroad.
Since 1997 he has been an executive director and subsequently Managing Director of Trencor, a company listed on the JSE. He continues to serve on boards of directors of various companies, both listed and unlisted, including Trencor and companies controlled by or associated with it.