Leadership Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Quintin Michael
Rossi

Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: BA (Law) PGDEM

Quintin has a wealth of real estate experience in both the listed and private property sector specialising in all aspects of management relating to commercial, retail, industrial, residential and hotel assets. Quintin started his career in real estate with Cape Town based Baker Street Properties where after joining Redefine Properties Limited. During his time at Redefine, Quintin was in charge of executing the national leasing strategy for the group across 450 nation wide assets. Quintin co-founded Spear with Mike Flax & Abu Varachhia in 2011 and until 17 May 2018 held the position of Managing Director. Quintin has subsequently succeeded Mike Flax as Group Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for setting the trajectory of the business, engaging the capital markets, executing the overall group strategy of Spear and ensuring that the business is placed in the best possible position to take advantage of growth opportunities within the Western Cape real estate market. Quintin leads the capital raising team & debt negotiation team and furthermore remains mandated to secure new acquisitions and development projects for Spear in line with the Company’s strategy.

CHRISTIAAN
BARNARD

CHIEF Financial OFFICER

Qualifications: CA(SA) (US)

Christiaan is a chartered accounted by qualification and through various family interests has been exposed to the real estate sector from a very young age and understands the demands associated with unlocking value in a real estate environment. Christiaan has experience in audit practices in various industries including software development and support, oil and gas production and property REIT holdings. Christiaan Joined Spear in July 2016 after leaving Grant Thornton LLP (Dallas) and was tasked to prepare Spear’s accounting for the JSE listing.

EXECUTIVE Management

Cliff
Toerien

Chief Operating Officer

Cliff has over 28 years’ experience in the listed and non-listed commercial real estate sector with a focus on fund, portfolio and operations management. He has been directly involved in commercial, retail and industrial property leasing and sales, as well as property portfolio and asset management, and has a good knowledge of the Western Cape’s commercial property market. As COO, he is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of Spear’s property and asset management team, which ensures that the lifeblood of the business remains that of an active and fully engaged Landlord. In his free time, Cliff spends time with his family, being in nature, and enjoys surfing photography.

Kim
Pfaff-Karg

Chief Investment Officer

Kim became the first female member of the Spear Executive Committee. Kim has in excess of 15 years’ experience in the listed and non-listed real estate sector.

Kim’s qualifications include a BSc (Hons) Property Studies (UCT), a Certificate in Lease Negotiation (University of Pretoria), she is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), a Registered Valuer of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Professional Valuer (SACPVP).

Kim will perform a strategic role across the business with a focus on acquisition, disposals, portfolio valuations and other corporate business requirements.

Non-Executive Directors

Mike Naftali Flax

ABU VARACHHIA

NON-EXECUTIVE
CHAIRMAN

 

Qualifications: B Com, GDA, CA(SA), FCMA

Abu has been involved in major property transactions and has initiated multi-million Rand property development projects throughout South Africa. Abu served as a director on the board of the JSE-listed property fund Spearhead Property Holdings Limited and Ingenuity Property Investments Limited. Currently Abu serves on the board of directors of the JSE-listed company Mazor Steel & Aluminium Limited. Abu has extensive experience in property development and his skill in this regard along with his ability to find value in potential portfolio re-developments will be invaluable to the future of the business.

Mike Naftali Flax

MIKE NAFTALI FLAX

NON-EXECUTIVE DEPUTY
CHAIRMAN

 

Qualifications: B Com, GDA, CA(SA), FCMA

Mike is an accomplished property & investment veteran. A chartered accountant by qualification, he has more than 33 years’ experience in the property sector and has been key in some of the more exciting property transactions across the listed sector in South Africa. Mike was the founder of Spearhead Property Group, which was later sold to Redefine Property Fund in 2005. Mike then served on the board of directors of Redefine until February 2011 as well as other listed REITS including Hyprop, Cromwell (Australia) and RDI (UK). Mike has extensive experience in commercial property finance, equity, development and a variety of key financial functions within the property sector. His entrepreneurial approach to property is admired by many within the property sector and his ability to create and unlock value has been proven time and time again. Recently, he has been instrumental in setting up and managing unit trust funds specialising in global REITS together with Visio Fund Managers.

Mike Naftali Flax

BRIAN GOLDBERG

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

 

Qualifications: BA, LLB (UCT)

Brian has been active in the real estate sector for the past 30 years, During this time he has initiated, and been integrally involved in many significant and iconic property developments and investments in the Western Cape. As such Brian has an astute understanding of the Western Cape real estate sector, a good strategic sense and an insightful understanding of value. Being an advocate, Brian has an excellent overarching understanding and varied expertise not only in the commercial, industrial and retail real estate space, but also materially in the legal technical environment relating thereto. Brian is chairman of Spear’s investment committee where his thorough understanding, market knowledge, deal-making and technical skills have added significant value to Spear’s strategic initiatives.

Jalal Allie

JALAL ALLIE

LEAD INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

 

Qualifications: BCompt. (Hons) (Unisa)

Jalal has been involved in the real estate sector for over 21 years. Jalal joined Seeff Trust (Pty) Ltd, the forerunner to Spearhead Property Holdings, in 1993 as the Financial Manager after leaving PKF Chartered Accountants and Auditors. Early 1999 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the newly listed Spearhead Property Holdings Limited, which he founded together with CEO Mike Flax.

Jalal Allie

BONGANI RAZIYA

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECT


Qualifications: BA, B.Proc and LLB (WSU)

Bongani is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the retail sector. He currently holds various board positions in the oil, gas and mining sectors and has established various highly successful ventures as a dynamic entrepreneur with a good understanding of the general real estate sector, given the direct real estate investments he has made across the Western Cape over the last decade. Bongani is the founder and a director of Rwenzori Rare Metals which, through an international consortium made up of Rwenzori Rare Metals, Australian and Ugandan mining investors, owns the Makuutu rare earth mine in Uganda. He is also the founder and largest independent shareholder of Burgan Cape Terminals and co-establisher of Wonderfontein Coal and founder and a director of Manaus Capital a BEE real estate investment holding company.

Jalal Allie

SEAN MCCARTHY

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

 

Sean has 30 year’s experience in the property industry. Having developed a substantial number of residential, commercial, and industrial projects, he has knowledge across a wide array of areas in the property development field. His speciality has been identifying and developing opportunities where substantial value was unlocked. His practical, hands-on approach has allowed him to tackle complex projects, which are less attractive to the broader market, but offer higher returns.

DR ROZETT PHILLIPS ('ROZE')

DR ROZETT PHILLIPS ('ROZE')

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

 

Qualifications: MBCHB (UCT), MBA (UCT), Diploma Future Studies (USB)

Dr Roze Phillips (54) is an African Futurist, adjunct faculty, associate at the Centre for Business Ethics and non-executive director at GIBS Business School. In addition to her role as non-executive director at Spear REIT, Roze also serves as non-executive director and Social and Ethics committee chairperson for Netcare Limited.  

Roze has worked as a medical doctor as well as a Public Health scientist at the SA Medical Research Council and as the Group Executive of People and Culture for The Absa Group. Over 18 years of Roze’s professional career was spent at Accenture Africa where she held various leadership positions from Consumer Industry lead, Management (including Human Capital) Consulting lead, Innovation lead and Board member. 

Roze is a passionate African Futurist and in addition to her non-executive director responsibilities and her work at GIBS, she practices as an African Futurist and Advisor on the Future of Work through her company Abundance at Work (Pty) Ltd. She is a frequent public speaker, expert panel member, guest lecturer and writer on the topics of Leadership for the Future, The Future of Work, The Workforce of the Future, Human Capital Management Trends and New Skills Now.

In 2021, Roze joined other South African business leaders to publish a book about lessons in Leadership titled ‘The Book Every Leader Needs to Read’.