Blaine Freer (Age 49)
GROUP DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Blaine started his career as a waiter before moving into a franchisee management position. He joined head office in 1998 and is responsible for the development of new restaurants and the relocation and revamping of existing outlets outside of the Western and Eastern Cape.
Cobus Jooste (Age 38)
NATIONAL TRAINING EXECUTIVE
Certificate in Human Resources – Damelin
Cobus started his career as a waiter. He was a manager at several outlets before taking on a training role for a large multiple-franchisee group. Cobus was recruited as the Gauteng regional training manager in 2005 and was promoted to national training executive in 2010.
David Maich (Age 42)
FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE: UK
David gained extensive experience in the local restaurant industry before relocating to the UK and joining the group in 2011. David is responsible for the group’s operations in the UK and Ireland.
Derick Koekemoer (Age 44)
FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE: AFRICA
Diploma in business and financial management
Derick trained as a chef during his national military service. He joined head office in 1996 as an operations manager and was promoted to a regional operations manager in Gauteng in 1999. Derick was involved in establishing the group’s first outlets in the UK and Ireland. Since 2009, he has managed the group’s expansion into Africa.
Duncan Werner (Age 54)
GROUP PROCUREMENT AND DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Duncan began his career in the packaging business. He joined Spur as a waiter in 1985 and moved to head office in 1988. Duncan is responsible for national procurement, Western and Eastern Cape development and menu engineering. He also oversees the group’s sauce and décor manufacturing facilities.
José Vilar (Age 56)
FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE: AUSTRALIA
José started his career in the restaurant industry in the late 1980s as a restaurateur, before joining Spur in 1991 as an operations manager. He relocated to Australia in 1998 to assist in establishing the group’s presence in that region and was appointed as head of the region shortly thereafter.
Julian Odendaal (Age 38)
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: CAPTAIN DOREGOS
Julian started his Spur career as a waiter in 1996, progressing to manager and then restaurant operator. He joined Spur head office as an operations manager in 2006 and was appointed as a regional manager for Gauteng in 2011. He was appointed chief operating officer of Captain DoRegos from 1 July 2013.
Justin Fortune (Age 42)
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: THE HUSSAR GRILL
Justin started his career as a waiter in 1989 before becoming a restaurant manager and working overseas in the hospitality industry. He joined Spur in January 2000 as an operations manager and was then promoted to regional manager. Justin assisted in opening restaurants in the UK, Mauritius and Namibia. He was appointed chief operating officer for The Hussar Grill in January 2014.
Kevin Robertson (Age 48)
NATIONAL FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE
Kevin joined Spur in 1987 as a waiter and was appointed to the board and as managing director of Panarottis Pizza Pasta Franchise in 1999. Kevin managed the group’s operations in the UK from 2008 to 2011 and was appointed as a director of Spur Group (Pty) Ltd and national franchise executive in 2012. Kevin is responsible for managing the Spur South Africa inland operations and provides the board and other brand chief operating officers with strategic input.
Leonard Coetzee (Age 41)
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: JOHN DORY’S
Leonard started his career as a waiter in 1989 before becoming a restaurant manager. He joined head office in March 1996 and was promoted to regional operations manager for the KwaZulu-Natal region in 2003. Leonard assisted in opening restaurants in Perth, Dar Es Salaam and Mauritius. He was appointed chief operating office of John Dory’s in February 2012.
Patrick Lawson (Age 43)
GROUP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE EXECUTIVE
Patrick joined Spur Corporation in 1998 as the Spur marketing brand manager and left in 2003 to join an international advertising agency working on a large retail food brand. He rejoined the group in 2009 as senior marketing brand manager, overseeing the Spur and Panarottis brands. Patrick was appointed as group business intelligence executive in 2011.
Peter Wright (Age 63)
GROUP HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE
Diploma in construction supervision – Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Higher diploma in business management – Damelin; Certificate in coaching practice – Middlesex University.
Peter started as a waiter in 1975 and gained further experience at the Cape Town manufacturing facility, Midnite Grill and Hard Rock Café. He left the group for a period and returned in 1991 to develop the Panarottis business. Peter is currently head of human resources.
Phillip Matthee (Age 36)
GROUP FINANCE EXECUTIVE
B.Com (Acc), Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting – University of Cape Town; CA(SA)
Phillip completed his articles at KPMG in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed as group accountant for Clicks Group Ltd before joining Spur Corporation in 2007 as new business development manager. In September 2008, Phillip was appointed group finance executive.
Robin Charles (Age 40)
NATIONAL PROCUREMENT EXECUTIVE
National diploma in food technology – Cape Technikon
Robin gained extensive experience in food technology, product research and development, quality management, logistics and warehouse management before joining the group in 2008 as logistics and quality assurance manager. He was promoted to national procurement executive in 2010.
Sacha du Plessis (Age 36)
GROUP MARKETING EXECUTIVE
B.A (Hons) (Business Management) – University of Stellenbosch
Sacha started his marketing career at Distell in 2001 and joined Spur Corporation in January 2007 as group marketing manager. He was appointed as group marketing executive in 2010. Sacha is responsible for building a strong portfolio of brands that deliver profitable turnover growth. He is also responsible for the fiscal management of all marketing funds across the group as well as marketing operations.
Samkelo Blom (Age 42)
GROUP HUMAN RESOURCE AND TRANSFORMATION EXECUTIVE
B.A. – University of Cape Town; HR Diploma and Management Development Programme – Stellenbosch Business School
Samkelo started his career in human resources specialising in ‘learning and development’. He previously managed the ‘learning and development’ function at Old Mutual, Standard Bank, government and Media24. Samkelo joined Spur Corporation in January 2013.
Tyrone Herdman-Grant (Age 43)
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: PANAROTTIS
Diploma in business and financial management
Tyrone started as a waiter in 1992 and moved into management one year later. He joined Spur as an operations manager in February 1998 and was promoted to regional operations manager in 2000. He also assisted in opening Spur restaurants internationally. He was appointed as the chief operating officer of Panarottis Pizza Pasta in 2011.