South Africa is home to our Oil & Gas investments (Prommac, New Age and EC&I) which have been serving the South African market since 2014 under the CG brand.
The Middle East remains home to our oldest standing business Al Laith which has served the Middle East since 1995 and which has been under the CG brand since 2016.
The UK remains home to Serious International, The Virtulab and Eventcentre which have been serving a variety of markets under the CG brand since 2019.
Niall Carroll has 25 years of experience as a financial markets professional and investor, with senior corporate and board level expertise in financial services and natural resources. From 1991 to 2004, he held various positions at Deutsche Bank South Africa, including head of investment banking and corporate finance. From 2004 to 2012 he was the founder Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bafokeng Finance (subsequently Royal Bafokeng Holdings), which became a major investment holding company in South Africa and the world’s largest community owned investment holding company. Since 2012, he has been building a portfolio of industrial services businesses, now housed in CG Tech. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and is a chartered accountant and chartered financial analyst. Mr Carroll is currently based in London.
Jason English has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the Project Management & Project services space. After serving as a member of the South African Police Services and medical unit, Jason qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and worked for 15 years at Kentz Engineers & Constructors. In 2012, Jason became the CEO of Prommac, and holds a project management qualification and has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Jason has spoken at and attended seminars around the world, and is one of few South African born leaders to be selected as part of the Peter Diamandis mastermind of 250 exponential entrepreneurs. Jason serves on the EXCO of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), the Global Deal and Opportunity Network, as well as the Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation Network. He was appointed as CG Tech Chief Ecosystem Officer in 2018 and appointed as the CEO of Al Laith in 2020.
Dany has over 15 years of construction experience, is a qualified CA (SA) and has a Leadership and Management Diploma from Gibbs. Prior to joining the Prommac Team, he spent 3 years at Murray & Roberts as the General Manager for the Resources and Industrial Division. Before joining Murray & Roberts, Dany spent more than 7 years as the Financial Director of Kentz Engineers & Constructors. Dany has experience in Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Metals, Power and Mining and has worked with several blue chip clients. Dany is Portuguese speaking and has successfully opened new business operations in over 10 countries in Africa. Dany is also a member of the Johannesburg Chapter of YPO.
Joseph has over 25 years of welding experience and began his career as a metallurgical engineer where he was responsible for quality management and welding procedure qualification for Sasol in Secunda. Joseph was also responsible for the certification and approval of various welding procedures for a variety of companies. Joseph’s business interests began in 2002 with the establishment of New Age Engineering whereby he provided specialised welding support services to clients in the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Power & Utility sectors.
Dave is the Executive Director of The Virtulab, and possesses a wide and varied skillset from his past experiences and positions as a military pilot. Innovation and Research and development have always been at the centre of his focus. Before joining CG Tech, Cummins was the Operations Director for a drone company in Switzerland that produced new drones, completed test and evaluation and training to onboard customers to the new technology. Dave has over 3500 hours of flight and instructor time, on multiple aircraft and gained the coveted Weapons Instructor qualification (QWI) or “topgun qualification”.
Andrew qualified as a geologist from the University of Natal and is a chartered financial analyst. He has 25 years of experience in mining and financial markets and has worked in a number of African countries and the Middle East. After an initial period as an exploration geologist for De Beers, in the mid 1990’s he joined Deutsche Bank South Africa and became a director of mining equity research. In 2004, he joined Royal Bafokeng Finance (subsequently Royal Bafokeng Holdings) as its second employee and Chief Investment Officer and oversaw the diversification and growth of its investment portfolio to more than USD4 billion. In 2010, he became an executive director of Mining Oil and Gas Services (MOGS).
Max is a Director of Serious Stages Ltd, a 35 year old family run business that designs, manufactures and constructs stages and temporary structures internationally. Max has experience working with some of the biggest events in the business from Glastonbury Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival, to the London 2012 Olympics and the Ryder Cup 2018, along with artists such as Elton John and Rod Stewart. Max has worked in various locations including Australia, the Middle East, South America and the USA where Serious Stages Ltd has partners. Max has two degrees in economics and finance, and has a passion for investing in small businesses and coaching other companies and Directors.
Donal is founder and director of Eventcentre.ie which comprises Seating & Access Contracts Ltd and Tall Order Structures ltd, both companies supply temporary structures to the events and media industry. Prior to this he was an owner director of Scafform Ltd and director with SGB Scafform (Ire) ltd for several years.
He has over 30yrs of experience in both the construction and events industries. In construction he managed major projects across a range of areas from new build schemes, historic building refurbishment through to industrial and maintenance contracts in plants such as Intel and Bristol Meyer Squibb. Highlights from his events and media career include projects with The European Tour including Ryder Cup Golf in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France 2018. The London 2012 Olympic Studio & facilities hub for SKY TV at Westfield. Studio & facilities provision for NBC Broadcasting at the US PGA, US Open, British Open, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup in both South Korea and Australia.
He has also worked for many years providing staging and seating solutions in many Irish venues for artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran.
The collection of business within the CG Tech group allows us to share learnings and ideas with each other, sparking collective investments into research and development of new products and services which would not normally have been created.
The technology arm of the CG Tech group, The Virtulab, has allowed me to grow the reputation of Prommac as a digital business in a traditional industry, and we have been able to transform at a fraction of the cost of outsourcing these services.
As the youngest leader in the group, the collective knowledge of leadership has helped me grow personally by engaging with great business leaders who have been there, done that and have shared their experiences with me.
The CG Tech team has helped us raise capital and fund growth using the know how and experience of the collective group. The spread of skill sets between Accountants, M&A Experts, Operational Specialists, Metallurgy Specialists has helped me shape my business for the future.