Atlantic Leaf


Peter Bacon

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

National Diploma in Hotel Keeping and Catering, Stanford Executive Programme

Peter was appointed as independent non-executive director and Chairman of Atlantic Leaf on 8 July 2014. Peter has over 38 years’ experience in the hospitality, resorts and gaming industry. He is currently a nonexecutive director of Sun International Holdings and previously served as an executive director of Sun International’s board from 1994 and as the group’s Chief Executive from 1994 until 2006. Peter also served as a director of Woolworths Holdings Limited until November 2017. In addition, he previously served as Chairman of each of the National Sea Rescue Institute, Cape Town Routes Unlimited and the Tourism Grading Council Awards Committee.

Paul Leaf-Wright

Chief Executive Officer

BCom, CA (SA)

Paul has over 28 years of property and financial services experience. He established Leaf Capital in 2004, together with Jacqui Hathorn. Paul completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and Touche in 1986. He subsequently held various roles in NBS Bank and BoE (subsequently Nedbank Ltd) which included financial and strategy director, head of treasury, director of property and asset finance, and head of wealth management. During his years in the banking sector his roles included running the bank’s private equity division, co-ordinating mergers and acquisitions of both bank and third party deals, establishment of BEE companies and funding of a wide range of projects. Paul has also served on the boards of a number of listed companies.


Warren Morton

Financial Director

B Compt; B Compt (Hons); M Com Taxation; CA (SA)

Warren qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Accountancy from the University of South Africa. Warren also completed a Master of Commerce degree in Taxation from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. Warren completed his Articles in 1993. He has 23 years of working experience of which most has been in the Financial Services Industry with significant experience in Investment Banking as well as Fund Management and Administration. His roles have, amongst other senior positions included Chief Operating Officer of Rand Merchant Bank’s Investment Banking Division, as well as Group Financial Director at Oryx Investment Management and Equinox.


Cleopatra Folkes

Independent Non-Executive Director

BVSc MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon (UK))

After graduating in 2005 with a distinction in Veterinary Medicine, Cleo spent 3 years in private small animal practice as a Veterinary Surgeon with an active role in the business management. Since joining Folkes Holdings Ltd in 2009 Cleo has quickly risen up the ranks from Business Development to Director of Operations to her current position as Deputy Chairman. She holds active positions on the boards of all the Folkes Holding Group companies; both engineering and property related and additionally holds a directorship and alternate directorship on the boards of two private South African property funds. Cleo also actively participates in the Young Investors Organisation which is a global network of next generation leaders.

Kesaven Moothoosamy

Non-Executive Director


Kesaven is an Executive Director of Perigeum Capital. He was, until June 2016, a Senior Manager in the Capital Market Advisory team of a leading management company in Mauritius. For the past 12 years, in the Mauritius financial services industry, he has acquired experience ranging from fund formation and administration, fund accounting, Mauritius regulatory matters, investment structuring, transaction advisory to capital raising and listing on Securities Exchanges. He is actively involved on various initiatives to enhance the attractiveness of the SEM. He is also a board member of SEM listed companies and a number of funds established in Mauritius. He graduated from the University of Mauritius with a B.Sc (Hons) in Accounting with Information Systems and holds a MBA in Leadership and Innovation. He is also a fellow member of the Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants UK (FCCA), a member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants (MIPA) and Member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MiOD).


Nick Winearls

Independent Non-Executive Director

Independent Non-executive Director

Cape Town born Nick Winearls started his professional career in 1975 at The Board of Executors (later rebranded as BoE) in Cape Town, with responsibility for the structuring of the affairs of high net worth clients both domestically and internationally. In 1987, he emigrated with his family to the Isle of Man to join accountants Touche Ross and Co in their newly established Offshore Department dealing extensively with IPOs. In 1999, he re-joined BoE to establish and head up their international trust company in the Isle of Man. In 2009, he moved to Monaco following his appointment as a Client Director of independent trust company Landmark Management SAM, where he manages a portfolio of globally based structures for clients.



Laurence Rapp

Non-Executive Director

BCom (Hons), Wharton Executive Programme

Laurence is currently the CEO of Vukile Property Fund Limited, one of South Africa’s largest listed REITs, and former Chairman of the SA REIT Association. He has significant property experience and has led Vukile through various corporate activities, including the acquisition of Synergy Income Fund. In addition to his wealth of property experience Laurence has extensive experience in the financial services environment, spanning investment banking, private equity, retail banking, and insurance and asset management. He was previously a director of Standard Bank, as head of the Insurance and Asset management divisions, and prior to that was in charge of the Strategic Investments and Alliances division.

Vukile is a major shareholder of Atlantic Leaf.


Rudolf Pretorius

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCompt Hons

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in the mid 1980’s, Rudolf spent twelve years with Rand Merchant Bank and the FirstRand banking group, before founding Treacle Private Equity (Pty) Ltd in 2000. Treacle raised and managed two successful general South African focused private equity funds between 2000 and 2015. Rudolf is currently resident in Mauritius where he is a director of Adansonia Holdings, and serves on the boards of various investee companies spanning the information technology and financial services industries in Mauritius, sub-Saharan Africa and the USA. He also acts as independent non-executive director (and investment committee member) for a number of USA and South African based private equity funds that principally invest in Africa.