Board Of Directors

Amelia Beattie

Position: CEO


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Amelia joined STANLIB in 2012 to establish the STANLIB Direct Property Investment business including property asset management and property development management. Amelia’s 17 years’ experience in the property sector was established at Old Mutual Property in various senior positions, spanning more than a decade, before exiting as the Chief Operating Officer to join STANLIB.

Since joining STANLIB, Amelia piloted the listing of Liberty’s first Real Estate Investment Trust in Kenya, a first for East Africa. She spearheaded the launch of STANLIB’s Africa Direct Property Development fund, securing development projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria. Amelia strategically led and implemented the joint venture transaction with JHI Retail Proprietary Limited (JHI Retail) for property management services for the LPP.

Apart from her role at STANLIB, Amelia served as President of the South African Property Association (SAPOA) from 2014 to 2015.

Amelia was appointed as a Director of the Manager on 17 June 2016 and assumed the full time role of CEO on 01 December 2016, following the approval of the Manager by the Financial Services Board (FSB) on 28 October 2016.

John Sturgeon

Position: CFO

CTA, CA (SA), CMA, Hdip Tax

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John joined Liberty as the Group Executive Corporate Finance in August 2004, responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and management of all corporate action relating to Liberty’s expansion initiatives in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Together with John’s strategic guidance, due diligence expertise and mergers and acquisitions experience, Liberty expanded the Group’s reach and penetration on the continent.

Prior to joining Liberty, John consulted at the Standard Bank Equity Fund Division on Management Buyouts and Private Equity Investments between 2000 and 2004. John’s early career started in the 1970’s as an article clerk with Peat Marwick Mitchell, progressed to the Dorbyl Group of Companies where he was able to establish and grow his financial expertise by occupying various positions, and eventually became the Group Financial Manager for Calan Limited. His financial career advanced to that of Group Financial Director / Company Secretary for Natyre Limited / Calan Group in May of 1982.

John has held various positions as the Financial Director for companies such as the Premier Group Limited in 1994 to 1999 and Argus Holdings Limited 1993 to 1994. John was appointed as a Director of the Manager on 26 May 2015.


Wolf Eli Cesman

Position Independent non-executive director

B Com, CA (SA), Hdip Tax

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Wolf has 48 years’ experience in South African property investment, development and asset and property management. He spent 24 years with Liberty Properties Proprietary Limited, the last 17 of which as CEO, from which he retired in 2000. From 2000 to 2010, Wolf was involved in the formation and / or growth, and served as a Director of the following listed South African Property Funds: Madison Property Fund Managers Limited, ApexHi Properties Limited, Hyprop Investments Limited and Redefine Properties Limited.

Wolf was appointed as a Director of the Manager on 17 June 2016.



Michael Ilsley

Position: Independent non-executive director

B Com, BAcc, CA (SA)

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Mike is a former Audit Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He left the profession in 1999 to take up the position of Group Finance Director of Alexander Forbes Limited until 2007. He is currently a Business Consultant and Professional Independent Director, serving on the Boards, and chairing the Audit Committees, of various regulated entities. He was appointed to the Boards of Liberty Holdings Limited and Liberty Group Limited in November 2014.

Mike was appointed as a Director of the Manager on 17 June 2016