Meet the key executives who have chosen to make a career at NMG. They are responsible for creating a culture that retains outstanding people.
Chief Executive Officer: NMG Benefits
Previous experience includes serving as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Ernst & Young (EY), responsible for the Legal, Risk, Company Secretarial and Partner Affairs and an ex officio member of the Executive Committee and Board of EY.
As the Principal Officer of Discovery Health Medical Scheme for a period of six years, Jacky was involved in the development and implementation of the Scheme’s strategy and governance and served as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and the Scheme’s various sub-committees. During this time, he also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Healthcare Funders Southern Africa (BHF) and as Deputy Chairperson of the Policy and Regulatory Sub-Committee of the Board of Healthcare Funders.
Jacky joined NMG Benefits as an Executive Director responsible for Business Development in September 2010. In this role, he was responsible for the development of new business opportunities and growth of the organisation. In June 2016, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of NMG Benefits and serves on the Board of Directors of NMG.
Faul la Grange
Executive Head: Retirement Fund Administration
Faul joined NMG in March 2000 as General Manager of NMG Personal Financial Services and has held several executive roles within the NMG Group since. These roles include; Operations Director of NMG Personal Financial Services, Director of NMG-agency (now NMG Wealth Management), Managing Director of NMG Benefits Namibia, National Executive Head of Business Development, and most recently the Executive Head of NMG Retirement Fund Management Services.
Faul has more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is a subject-matter expert in employee benefit program design and management as well as consulting and administration solutions. Faul has led large consulting teams in both the Retirement Fund and Healthcare Consulting arena for NMG Benefits in South Africa as well as NMG Benefits Namibia, and more recently leads a large team of retirement fund administrators and fund accountants.
Faul obtained a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management and Personnel Administration from the University of Johannesburg and a Honours Degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of the Witwatersrand. Faul also holds a Masters Degree in People and Professional Leadership from the University of Johannesburg. His Masters Dissertation was focused on Leadership Models for Retirement Fund Trustees in the South African Retirement Fund Industry.
Faul also holds a number of industry-related qualifications including a Wealth Management qualification and qualifications in Retirement Fund Consulting and Management from the Insurance Institute of South Africa.
Executive Head: Investment Consulting
Hein completed his B.Com Degree in Economics from the North West University in 1993 and obtained an MBA degree in Strategic Management from the University of the Free State in 2003. Hein has more than two decades of investment experience (15 years of which includes employee benefits experience). His career has included roles within international investment firms, such as Fidelity International, Templeton Asset Management, Crosby Forsyth Asset Management, Sanlam Global Investment Solutions and Glacier International, across Southern Africa, Asia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
During his career, Hein gained experience through the various roles he has held in investment analysis, product development, portfolio management and distribution. He joined NMG from Sanlam Global Investments Solutions where he headed up the South African business.
Hein was appointed as the head of Investment Consulting at NMG in December 2014 and in December 2016, he was appointed as the Executive Head: Investment Consulting.
Executive Head: Corporate Development
Lara joined NMG in January 2013 as the National Director of Actuarial and Specialised Consulting comprising healthcare actuarial, retirement fund actuarial and investment consulting services as well as special projects.
Prior to NMG, Lara was an Associate Director at Deloitte, focused on healthcare actuarial projects locally and internationally across the public and private sectors. She has also worked on a number of significant workforce analytics and planning projects for South African employers.
Lara is an actuary through the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) with a Healthcare Practicing Certificate. Lara holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a thesis on the impact of HIV/AIDS on medical schemes. She was part of the first group to write and pass both the South Africa Healthcare Specialist Application (SA1 RSA) exam and the Healthcare Specialist Technical (ST1) paper. Lara enjoyed a period of lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand while completing her MSc degree and working with Calibre Clinical Consultants in an actuarial analyst capacity on disease management programmes.
Lara was awarded the Inkanyezi Star Award prize from ASABA in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the actuarial profession and won the best paper award at the ASSA Convention in 2006.
Executive Head: Retail
Gavin obtained a Diploma in Financial Markets and Instruments in 2005: a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of the Free State in 2006 and is eligible to make use of the designation Certified Financial Planner. He is currently studying towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation through the CFA institute in the U.S. as well as his Masters of Business Administration qualification through the London School of International Business.
Previous work experience includes: Fee-based Financial Planner; Sales Manager at Old Mutual and Branch Manager for Momentum. Gavin then joined the Discovery fold as a Special Projects Manager where he was responsible for identifying growth opportunities for Discovery and conducting due diligence and viability studies on these identified opportunities.
In December 2016, Gavin joined NMG Benefits as the Executive Head of Sales where he is responsible for oversight of new business sales on the institutional side as well as retail distribution. In terms of Retail Distribution, Gavin is responsible for the oversight of NMG Agency, Personal Financial Services and the Discovery Franchise.
Executive Head: Corporate and Institutional Sales
Wayne Sunker holds a Post Graduate Diploma (CFP) from the University of the Free State and a MBA from Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA).
Wayne joined NMG In March 2018 as Executive Head of the Corporate and Institutional Sales department, responsible for the development of new business opportunities. The Institutional Sales division incorporates healthcare, retirement funding and actuarial consulting solutions. Prior to joining NMG Wayne served at Sasfin as an Executive of Institutional Sales in the wealth division.
He has extensive experience in the financial services industry in which he has dedicated 16 years to Alexander Forbes, in various roles. He specialises in finding employee benefit solutions that best suits the employer.
Nicolette Van Vuuren
Head: Legal, Risk and Compliance and Company Secretary
Nicci obtained her BProc Degree from the University of South Africa and completed her articles with Mostert Attorneys in Bryanston, where she specialised in Pension Fund Law. She has extensive experience in Pension Funds and Labour Law which she gained from running a litigation and labour law practice for 8 years.
Nicci joined NMG in November 2015 as the Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance, as well as the Company Secretary. In addition to her Company Secretarial functions, she is responsible for managing a Pension Funds legal team which resides under the Retirement Fund Administration Department.
Regional Director: Healthcare
Location: Western Cape
Gary obtained his BCom Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1988 and an Executive Marketing Diploma from the UCT Graduate School of Business in 1994. He is a member of the Institute of Marketing Managers and the Financial Planning Institute (FIA), where he serves as an Executive Committee member of the FIA Healthcare Chapter.
During his tenure at Old Mutual, he held various management positions in sales and marketing before joining Glenrand MIB as Regional Director: Benefit Services Cape Town and later as National Manager of the Healthcare Consultants. A position he retained after Glenrand was acquired by Absa Healthcare Consultants.
Gary joined NMG in August 2010 as Regional Director: Healthcare and serves as an Executive Committee member of NMG. Gary is not only responsible for the management of the Healthcare Consultants, but is also responsible for the roll-out of the national strategy in the Regional Office and for the formulation of various strategies and processes that are required to grow the business as well as the value proposition and service offering to corporate clients.
Regional Director: Healthcare
Location: Kwazulu-Natal and Eastern Cape
Following a period of time with a number of medical schemes and administrators, Richard established the Healthcare Consulting practice in KZN for First Bowring Consulting and Actuarial Services, before going on to establish and manage the healthcare consulting office of AON Consulting in Durban for a period of six years.
Richard’s regional responsibilities were extended in 2009 to include the NMG Eastern Cape operation, based in Port Elizabeth. Richard continues to manage the KZN and Eastern Cape Healthcare business units and is operationally and strategically engaged with all corporate clients.
Richard is accredited with the Council for Medical Schemes as a broker, has a Diploma in Marketing Management and attained the National Wealth qualification from Universal Health Care. Richard has a certificate in the Fundamentals of Health Insurance through the Health Insurance Association of America and is a member of the Financial Planning Institute. Richard completed the FAIS Regulatory Examination for both Key Individuals and Representatives as required by the Financial Services Board and has more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry.
Executive Head – Healthcare
Grant Olivier has more than two decades of healthcare consulting experience. His healthcare career commenced in the medical scheme administrator space where he fulfilled various roles including client service, Corporate Relations Consulting and New Business Development.
In 2005, Grant ventured into the healthcare intermediary environment when he joined NMG as a Senior Healthcare Consultant. Subsequent positions within NMG include Principal Healthcare Consultant, Consulting Manager and Regional Director: Healthcare.
Grant completed his B.Soc.Sc Degree in Marketing & Psychology from the University of Natal in 1994. He holds various industry-related qualifications including a National Certificate in Wealth Management and the FAIS Regulatory Examination for Representatives. He is also accredited with the Council for Medical Schemes and is a member of the Financial Planning Institute.
His portfolio and responsibilities include the management of the Gauteng healthcare team to ensure retention of corporate healthcare clients and to identify areas for expansion for NMG’s broader services to these clients.
Acting Executive Head: Corporate Services
In 2017, Blaise was appointed Director of Cedar heading up Corporate Services which includes Finance, IT, HR, Payroll, Compliance and Facilities/Building Management.
NMG purchased Cedar in 2018, and appointed Blaise in a caretaker role as Executive Head: Corporate Services looking after the Finance and Internal Operations for the broader NMG Benefits operations.
Blaise’s work life started as a general manager in the restaurant industry where he served for 10 years. It was during this time that his passion for operations and numbers began, he thereafter pursued his studies towards his National Diploma: Accounting through Technikon SA (now Unisa).
Previous work experience includes: Accounts assistant at TMS Group and Accountant at Wynne-Jones & Company as well as being employed at Cedar Employee Benefits since 2007.
Blaise completed his SMDP (NQF L8) in 2018, through GIBS. His syndicate groups ALP was titled “Customer centricity, why do companies struggle to successfully implement it?”. This research and report was based on the insurance industry in South Africa. It was during this study that he realised that the divisions that he managed has clients and became passionate about creating a Client Centric environment.
Blaise is a qualified Professional Accountant and Tax Practitioner through SAIPA. He is also a director on the Lily Fund, a charity organisation that focuses on the well-being of the elderly.
Natasha Huggett – Henchie
Acting Executive Head: Employee Benefits
Location: Cape Town
Natasha has 24 years’ experience in Employee Benefits. She is an approved Pensions Valuator of defined benefit and defined contribution funds and has specialist pension’s knowledge relating to all aspects of funding for retirement arrangements, surplus and other legislative work, and accounting for pensions in employer financial statements.