CEO, Grindrod Rail Consultancy Services
SA Branch Committee Portfolio : President
Natasha Flack-Vaughan (FICS)
LLM, Masters in Maritime Law
SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Chairman
Sub Committees: Finance & Admin; Human Resources; Marketing; Branch Vetting Committee
Natasha has been with Grindrod Trading for 2 years after spending nearly 20 years with various Shipping companies in Durban focusing on international trade and cargo broking in addition to vessel and port operations. Natasha has been a Fellow since 2005 and is also currently a tutor for Logistics and Multi-modal Transport. Natasha is a keen motorsport enthusiast.
Capt. Richard Brook-Hart (FICS)
MNI, Master Mariner
SA Branch Committee Portfolio:Vice-Chairman
Sub Committees: Finance & Admin; Human Resources
Richard is the current International Chairman of the ICS and the first South African to be elected to do so. He is immediate past Chairman of the South Africa Branch.
Richard is a tutor for Shipping Business and Ships Operation and Management.and is also active in promoting ICS to the industry wherever possible. Richard spent 12 years with P&O, before becoming a harbour pilot in East Africa for eight years. After ‘swallowing the anchor’, he worked for various firms before setting up Alpha Shipping Agency, who specialize in ships agency, freight forwarding, broking, container leasing, tank operating and NVOCC. Richard is married with three children, and keeps fit by sailing, jogging and the occasional hike in the Drakensberg mountains.
Rob Gardner (FICS)
MBA International Management
Sub Committees: Human Resources; Education & Bursaries
Rob is a member of the ETC (ICS Head Office, London) and is a tutor for Introduction to Shipping, Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade and the Understanding Shipping course. He is General Manager for Sturrock Grindrod Offshore.
Dieudonne Nyandu Kabongo (MICS)
Sub Committee Finance and Administration
Dieudonne obtained his honors degree in Development Studies in Kinshasa in 1997 and then completed the ICS PQE in 2008. He received membership in the same year. He has more than 10 years experience in liner shipping with DELMAS and CMA CGM, in Traffic Administration, Disbursement Accounts Control and Carrier’s Accounts Audit.
Senzo Nxmualo (MICS)
SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Education Officer
Sub Committee: Education & Bursaries
Senzo is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
Commercial & Operations Director – Linsen Nambi (Pty) Ltd
Founder – Imbewu Contracting and Trading
SAMSA Panel of Experts on Maritime Education and Training in South Africa
Maritime Studies Industrial Advisory Board – Mangosuthu University of Tecnhology
Senzo matriculated from New Forest High School with an Understanding Shipping Certificate and then achieved his ICS Foundation Diploma before continuing with the full PQE exams and thus becoming a member of ICS. He is the Commercial & Operations director at Linsen Nambi Pty (Ltd). He is also the head Maritime Economics Educator at New Forest High School and in his spare time he enjoys listening and creating music, movies and playing basketball.
Tony Norton (FICS)
Sub Committee: BVC, Ethics & Discipline
Tony is a director at ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs), and has 26 years of experience as a shipping and logistics attorney specialising in maritime law. He has been a member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa for 27 years, two as president. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and has been Chairman of the South African Branch. He has been chairperson of the National Port Users Forum, an association of trade associations in the broader shipping industry. He has also lectured and spoken on Maritime Law and Commodity Trading matters at various seminars and forums. He is married to Lynn and enjoys outings with his family as well as reading and relaxing.
Gerard Loubser (MICS)
Sub Committee: Marketing
Gerard joined the Grindrod Group in 1993 and currently holds the position of Business Unit Manager at Mitchell Cotts Maritime based in Durban. He also tutors Understanding Shipping.
Lance Schneider (MICS)
Sub Committee: Education & Bursaries
Lance matriculated at New Forest High School where he completed their maritime course as well as Understanding Shipping. He obtained membership in 2009 and he is currently studying full time at UKZN. Lance’s special skill is cooking crayfish!!
Dean Fraser (FICS)
Sub Committee : Marketing
Dean began his shipping career some 23 years ago in the Port of Richards Bay and has subsequently also worked in the ports of Cape Town and Durban. He has worked in the Ships agency arena since 1995 and held positions as Operations Manager, Branch Manager and Marketing Executive in this time. Dean is currently the GM for Mainport Africa (a member of the Hull Blyth Group) in their Durban office.
In 2006 he became a member of the ICS and was inducted as a Fellow in 2009. Currently, Dean sits on the BBS Steering Committee as well as the DPC for SAASOA, Durban Chapter. Dean is currently a shore-crew member with the NSRI in Durban, is a keen ocean water sports-man, surfs, wind surfs, scuba dive's and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Malte Kersten (MICS)
Malte was born and raised in Germany and has started his career in shipping with DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien in Hamburg some 28 years ago. He has worked in all fields of shipping, from water clerk to finance, from sales to operations. Since 2005 he is back in Africa for the second time in his life and still working for DAL. He lectured ‘Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade’ for the German Chapter of the ICS and was also appointed by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce to chair an examination board for shipping students. Malte is also a Director of the ‘South African Association of Ship Operators & Agents’ (SAASOA) and serves the Durban Chapter of SAASOA as Chairman at the same time.
Bianca Knight (FICS)
Bianca has worked for various trading houses in chartering and operating vessels in the dry-bulk market since starting in the shipping industry with a ship’s agency company in the mid-90’s.
She has extensive experience with shipping software systems having been involved in a number of implementation projects at the various firms she has worked for.
Tim Hastie (MICS)
Tim qualified as an Associate of the Institute of SA Shipbrokers by examination and then achieved a Diploma in Maritime Studies at Plymouth Polytechnic. He has been in shipping for about 36 years covering dry bulk chartering,short and deep sea liner trades , agency and container logistics. He is currently General Manager of K-Line Shipping (SA)Pty Ltd specializing in Container and Car Carrier Services.
SA Branch Committee Portfolio : Student Representative
Serena is a Operations Controller with Olam. She is currently studying through ICS and has successfully completed the Foundation Diploma. Serena will be the student liaison and will assist with student matters and report back to the committee on issues that require their attention.
Joan Murphy (MICS) (MBA S&L UK) - Johannesburg Chapter
SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Johannesburg Chapter Head
Sub Committee: BVC, Ethics & Discipline
Joan joined MUR Shipping RSA in 1996. Having been given the opportunity to “learn a little about shipping”, the management of MUR enrolled her with the ICS SA Branch for the Qualifying Exams. Joan received her MICS in 2000 and moved from Personal Assistant to the MD to the post fixtures department of MUR and shortly thereafter to the Operations Department. In December 2012, Joan graduated Cum Laude from the Middlesex University with an MBA in Shipping & Logistics. Joan is an avid dancer and she and her partner are the reigning SA Champions in Latin-American in their category; Joan is also a keen horserider, keeps fit in the gym, and loves hiking, fly fishing, reading & birding
Barry Higham (MICS) – Cape Town Chapter
SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Cape Town Chapter Head
Barry has been in shipping for some thirty odd years, from chartering to trade management (commercial and operations), sales and marketing to agency, and consulting as well as owner's representation, He was MD of a line and ship management. Hobbies and interests include sailing and boating, game and fly fishing, swimming and snorkeling as well as music which includes guitar playing.
Amanda Harrison (MICS) - Richards Bay Chapter
SA Branch Committee Portfolio: Richards Bay Chapter Head
Amanda has spent the last 15 years involved in the maritime industry. Having worked her way through the ranks within the Ships Agency business, Amanda is now actively involved in the day to day operations at D and A Shipping Richards Bay, where she has spent the last 5 years. She completed ICS Qualifying exams in 2009. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys walking, mountain biking & spending time with her family.
Mahendra (Bobby) RAMPHUL (FICS) - Mauritius Chapter
MBA ( Maritime Management) – Australian Maritime College.
Bobby has more than 20 years experience in the commercial shipping environment and is currently the Operations Manager of the Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd (MSCL) based in Port Louis, Mauritius.