Board of Directors

Executive

Eric Diack
Executive Chairman
QUALIFICATIONS BAcc, CA(SA), AMP (Harvard and UCT)
Aveng Board Committees: Chair of the Investment Committee and Tender Approval Committee. Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Tender Risk Committee.
Eric has extensive experience of the South African industrial and mining landscape. During his corporate and entrepreneurial career, Eric fulfilled numerous senior and executive financial management positions, and has been integral to the negotiation and successful conclusion of a multitude of transactions. Eric is currently a Non-Executive Director on the boards of African Consolidated Resources, Bidvest Group, Bidvest Bank and McConnell Dowell. Eric has previously served on numerous major listed and unlisted company boards.
Sean Flanagan
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
QUALIFICATIONS BSc Building
Aveng Board Committees: Member of the Tender Risk Committee.
Sean has over 30 years' industry experience from contract and claims negotiation, project engineering, project and construction management, implementing company strategies, leading mergers and acquisitions, trouble shooting in underperforming projects and businesses, as well as full executive responsibility for a large portfolio of businesses and major projects. He was previously with Murray & Roberts for 19 years where he occupied a range of operational, general management and executive director board roles. Sean assumed the position of CEO on 1 February 2019.
Adrian Macartney
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
QUALIFICATIONS BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Aveng Board Committees: Member of the Tender Risk Committee and Tender Approval Committee.
Adrian has over 20 years of assurance, transactions and advisory experience. Adrian holds a BCom degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BCompt Honours from the University of South Africa. After completing his degree he joined the Johannesburg-based office of EY in 1992, after which he spent two years with advisory and tax services firm PwC in New Zealand before returning to EY in 2001. He worked there until his appointment in September 2014 as Executive Financial Director and CFO of the Aveng Group. Adrian is also on the executive of Aveng (Africa) Pty (Ltd) and Aveng Australia Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Non-Executive

May Hermanus
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director
QUALIFICATIONS BSc Geology, MSc Physical Metallurgy, Takemi Fellow (Harvard University), SAIMM Fellow
Aveng Board Committees: Chair of the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee and Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
May served on the boards of the Rail Safety Regulator, the Nuclear Regulator, the Minerals and Mining Development Board of the Department of Mineral Resources, the Council for Geoscience, Sacred Heart College and the Bokamoso Trust. She is currently an Independent Consultant, serves as the Chair of the Responsible Mining Foundation and is a Fellow of the SAIMM. She continues to be associated with the University of the Witwatersrand in a visiting capacity. May was appointed to the Aveng Board in September 2009.
Michael Kilbride
Independent Non-Executive Director
QUALIFICATIONS BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering (RSM, London University), MDP (Unisa), SEP (London Business School)
Aveng Board Committees: Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Tender Risk Committee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee; Investment Committee; Safety, Health and Environmental Committee; and Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee.
Michael's career has involved working for Anglo American in the gold-mining sector as well as serving as an Executive Director of both Kumba Resources and Exxaro Resources. He also served on the board of Continental Coal where he was the Non-Executive Chairman. Michael brings extensive experience in mining to the Aveng Board, to which he was appointed on 4 July 2012.
Philip Hourquebie
Independent Non-Executive Director
QUALIFICATIONS BCom Finance, BAcc, CA(SA)
Aveng Board Committees: Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee; Investment Committee; Safety, Health and Environmental Committee; Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee; and Tender Risk Committee.
Philip has extensive operational and strategic experience, gained particularly from his long career at EY (formerly Ernst & Young). During this time he held various positions including CEO South Africa; Managing Partner: sub-Saharan Africa region; and Managing Partner: central and south-east Europe region. He is currently a Director of Investec Ltd, Investec plc, Investec Bank Ltd and Investec Property Fund Ltd, and Trustee of the Denis Hurley Association. Philip was appointed to the Aveng Board in August 2015.