Meet the Team
Rob retired as CEO of JSE listed Texton Property Fund Limited (formerly VPIF) in mid-2015 which he started in 2006 and then listed on the JSE in 2011. Since inception, Rob grew the fund to an asset value of R5.5bn comprising 350,000m2 of commercial, retail and industrial buildings throughout South Africa. In 2014 Rob diversified the business offshore and the fund had 25% of its asset base in the UK. In the same year, he concluded a BEE transaction placing 26% of the listed shares in black hands.
In addition, Rob is the non-executive Chair of the Cape Town City Improvement District (CCID), a Public-Private Partnership which is responsible for public safety, urban management, social development, and PR/Communications. The CCID is accepted as the organization primarily responsible for the turnaround of the Cape Town CBD.
Rob sits on the South African Property Owners Association Board for the Western Cape Committee and is an occasional lecturer at UCT.
Rob holds a B.Sc. Civil Engineering degree from UCT and an MBA from Bath University, UK.
John is the Founding Partner and Chair of Third Way Investment Partners. He was the youngest CEO of a JSE listed company when he was at GAIA Infrastructure Capital. John is the former Principal Executive Officer (PEO) of the GEPF. John also serves on a number of key strategic industry initiatives including being the Chairman of the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA), as well serving as a member of the PRI Advisory council. He was key to the establishment of CRISA which is hailed as one of the best in the world. He was recognized by Batseta Council of Retirement Funds (previously known as POA) as Industry Person of the year in financial services in 2012. In the same year, he was recognised by The Mail and Guardian as one of the Top 200 young South Africans for his contribution in the world of Pensions. In 2013 he was named Africa’s Top Emerging leader by Africa Investor.
John holds a BSc (Actuarial Science & Mathematical Statistics), BSc(Hons) Advanced Mathematics of Finance, and MSc Finance (Economic Policy).
HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT
Sarah has been with Boxwood Property Fund since inception as Head of Asset Management. Her core functions include acquisition selection, negotiation, due diligence, redevelopment and tenant liaison. Her most recent project was the upgrade of Picbel Parkade retail mall and parking garage, which achieved a 20% and 70% uplift in income respectively.
Sarah has also undertaken much of Boxwood Property Fund's research into various markets and it was her work that identified the impending demand for Cape Town CBD offices.
Sarah has previous experience in investment management and compliance both locally and offshore. She is known for her ability to deliver, her creativity and her deep analytical skills.
Sarah is a CFA Level III Candidate and holds a B.Bus.Sc (Finance) and Bcom (Economics).
Saajidah is our Office Manager here at Boxwood Property Fund, she is responsible for the day to day administration of the business. As well as managing all meetings/appointments she also organizes events and conferences for the team.
Saajidah joined Boxwood Property Fund in August 2019 and has proved to be a valuable asset.
Saajidah completed her Paralegal diploma at the South African School of Paralegal studies as well as a Secretarial Certificate at Montrose Business School.
Fayaz joined the team in August 2019 as our Financial Manager his day to day tasks are to manage the outsourced finance of the Property Fund and Asset Management Company, this includes the distribution of management reports and monthly reporting to investors, preparing the financial models with regards to acquisitions and redevelopment projects.
Fayaz is a BCOMPT Graduate from the University of South Africa.
Lyle van der Merwe
Lyle is our Development Manager at Boxwood Property Fund, he is responsible for all development planning, commercial development conceptualization, costings, and feasibility management and is our tenant interface.
Lyle joined the team in September 2019, Lyle has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development and The Environment, and he then went on to obtain a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town.