OUR TEAM

Eric Tocknell

Advisor, Chairman

Founder of Wimpy in South Africa, Eric has been part of the driving force behind transforming our dining and restaurant experience. From the first Wimpy in Murchies Passage, Durban to now over 500 restaurants Wimpy has grown into one of South Africa’s most loved brands.

 

Gavin Reardon

(CA)SA, General Partner (Founder)

Gavin is the Founder and General Partner of Kingson. Gavin provides strategic leadership to the development of the Kingson funds and portfolio construction of the underlying businesses. Gavin has a vision to build an entrepreneurial hub that drives innovation and invests in high-growth scalable businesses. Gavin’s key stengths lie in identifying and developing business opportunities, strategy and product development, business development, innovation and business leadership.

Prof Nceba Gqaleni

PhD, Advisor

A National Research Foundation rated researcher, Nceba has contributed significantly to the medical research profession. Having been appointed Chairperson of the IKS Bioprospecting and Product Development Platform of the Department of Science and Technology and to the Presidential Task Team on African Traditional Medicine, Nceba now serves as Managing Director of AIK Innovations and Project Manager for the Agroprocessing Industrial Economic Hub, a project of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Nic Combrinck

CA (SA), Venture Partner

Nic brings a vision to see value unlocked through the transformation of key suppliers in corporate supply chains. Nic joined Raubex Group Ltd as head of finance in their KZN division in 2014, with a focus on commercial contracts and financial reporting requirements for the JSE listed group. Nic has vast experience in B-BBEE strategy development and execution. He is the founder of Umzila Empowerment NPC, advising on transformation ownership structures that give currently disadvantaged communities access to the economy.

Dave Marshall

Advisor

Dave has over 30 years’ of business experience serving as managing director and chairman of a number of different businesses, in both listed and unlisted companies. Some of the well-known brands Dave has worked with include Nampak Paper, Robor Steel, Beares and Geen and Richards. With industry experience in paper and packaging, steel and allied steel products, and furniture and retail appliances Dave has added significant value in product development, strategy, leadership and corporate governance.

 

Ross Jenvey

CFA, General Partner

Ross has 10 years’ experience as an equity analyst, 5 of which as the front-line Banks analyst, and another 4 years working in strategic roles within Standard Bank. He has spent the last 2 years managing a distribution business of around 30 employees, which has taken much of his theoretical business knowledge and converted it into on-the-ground business and management experience. Ross specialises in industry macro and micro analysis; strategic formulation and critique; financial analysis, modelling and forecasting; trouble-shooting and asset valuation.

Gavin Spavins

(CA) SA, Advisor

Gavin has almost 10 years’ experience with Goldman Sachs in London where he was responsible for the financial control of European commodities and equities trading, and the debt and equity capital markets banking teams which included private equity investing and fund management. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Durban in 2002 and returned to South Africa in 2012. He currently serves as Treasury Manager at Grindrod and has also served on a number of boards within the Grindrod Group.