Board of directors

Alan R Burke
Founder and Chairman
Non-executive Director

Alan trained as an apprentice electrician which proved to be the springboard for his involvement in the electrical wholesale industry. He founded ARB in 1980 in Richards Bay and has been the driving force behind its success. Alan has played an integral part in formulating and executing the Group's growth strategy and remains ARB's largest shareholder.
Alan is a member of the Remuneration and Risk Committees.
William "Billy" Neasham
Chief Executive Officer

Billy qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and has been involved with ARB Electrical Wholesalers since 1988 as the audit partner and professional advisor, initially with KPMG, and then with Griffith & Aitken. Billy joined ARB in June 2000 as Financial Director responsible for the high level of financial discipline instilled throughout the Group.
Billy is a member of the Risk Committee

Grant Scrutton
B.Comm(Hons) (Wits) CA (SA)
Financial Director

Grant qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989, serving articles with KPMG, and remaining with the firm for another five years after this, participating in KPMG’s international rotational program in the USA. Grant then joined Voltex, a former client, where he was promoted to financial director. When Voltex sold Illmans Cables to Aberdare and the rest of its operations to Bidvest, Grant joined Powertech, where he was also promoted to Group financial director. After this, Grant held numerous positions with Afgri before joining Winhold Limited as Group financial director. Grant joined ARB in October 2015, and has extensive experience in trading operations, plastic manufacturing, mining and industrial supplies sectors.
Grant is a member of the Risk Committee

Ralph Patmore
B.Com, MBL
Lead Independent Non-executive Director

Ralph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master of Business Leadership degree, and has attended the Executive Programme at Stanford University, USA. Ralph is an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business international. Ralph was a co-founder of Iliad Africa Limited and served as CEO from 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Prior to joining Iliad, Ralph held various executive positions including as managing director of subsidiaries within the Unihold and Malbak groups, and as a director of Everite Limited and Group Five Limited. Ralph currently serves on the boards of several listed companies including Mustek Limited, Calgro M3 Holdings Limited, Accentuate Limited and Sentula Mining Limited.
Ralph is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk and Audit Committees.
Simon Downes
Independent Non-executive Director

Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles at Pim Goldby (now Deloitte). In 1984 he received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. Simon is the CEO, Chairman and sole shareholder of Shave & Gibson Group (Pty) Limited, an independent manufacturer of board packaging and the largest manufacturer of cheques and other security printed products in Africa. Simon is the Chairman of the board of directors and a Trustee of Clifton College as well as the Chairman of Centenary Homes for the Aged (incorporating Bartle House and Blaine House). He holds directorships in various investment companies.
Simon is a member of the Risk and Audit Committees and the Remuneration and Social and Ethics Committees.
James S Dixon
Independent Non-executive Director

James qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and retired in 2009 after 40 years’ service. He was the engagement partner of many of the firm’s larger clients, led their KZN Assurance practice and represented the region as a member of the National Assurance Executive. James also serves as an independent non-executive on the Combined Motor Holdings Limited Board as well as some smaller unlisted companies and trusts. James is the Chairman of the Audit Committees and a member of the Risk and Social and Ethics Committees.


19 February 2018

Interim results presentation more


19 February 2018

Interim results December 2017 more