Executive Team

James Brice

Founder & CEO

James is responsible for the business growth and strategic development of the company including new product development. He is responsible for the overall creation, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization. This includes responsibility for all components and departments of the business.

James has implemented Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) for 10 Private Equity General Partners; has conducted and/or directed over 50 Environmental Impact Assessment authorisations, 80 Environmental and Legal Compliance audits, over 200 site assessments, Environmental and Social Due Diligence studies in accordance with IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles. James’ experience spans a wide variety of business sectors and regions, including South Africa, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, Holland, Turkey and India, as well as 23 African countries.

In addition, James is an ISO 14001 environmental auditor and has implemented ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and Integrated Management Systems (i.e. ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001, ISO 26001) for over 25 international industrial and mining clients, including Vodacom, Omnia, Protea Chemicals, Anglo Coal, Samancor, ARM, Mondi, L’Oreal, Canon, Airports Company, ATE and Thermopower. He has served as a technical and process expert for numerous clients including Anglo American, X-Strata, Dow, BHP Billiton, ArcelorMittal, Investec, ABSA, Nedbank, Sasol, PPC, Impala Platinum, Rand Water and Shell.

Raylene Watson

Chief Operations Officer

As Group COO Raylene is responsible for the day to day running of group operations. These span across Africa, with formal registered entities in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. The focus is on the standardisation of approach in running these operations especially as this pertains to finance, human resource, ICT, and technical excellence. Raylene works closely with the Managing directors responsible for each region to implement processes and undertakes regular audits to ensure the group imbeds best practice processes when running businesses.

Raylene is a Professionally Registered Scientific Professional with the South African Council of Natural Sciences. She managed the sustainability portfolio for a large multinational engineering firm across Africa for six years spanning across 12 offices providing support to over 1000 employees. She has over 20 years’ experience as a technical expert in sustainable infrastructure design, with a focus on process optimisation, green building and green road design, with the application of climate change adaptation initiatives focused on the protection of bulk infrastructure and the provision of advisory services to integrating business supply chain by applying the principles of the circular economy.

Key sector focus areas where she has gained experience include agricultural beneficiation, energy generation (renewable and thermal technology options), the oil and gas sector, sustainable cities (industrial development zones, development of integrated transport nodes – airports, harbours, rail and toll roads), mining (gold, coal, platinum, chromium, diamonds, zinc, uranium, zinc, copper), heavy industrial processes (Iron and Steel, Chromite, Manganese, Uranium, Gold, Platinum) and light manufacturing.

Raylene provides strategic support to executive teams in defining corporate strategy, assessing gaps in process and highlighting opportunities to maximise ESG value creation within an organisation. This level of support has also been provided to government departments when setting strategy and policy on a regional and provincial level. Through this experience Raylene can also assist business and funders in bridging the gap between government and regulatory requirements and commercial considerations.

Ola Toba

Regional Managing Director - West Africa

As the Managing Director for the West Africa region coordinates day to day functioning of the business. This is undertaken with the assistance of the Group COO, whom together with the Group CEO constitutes the West African board. Ola is responsible to tracking the businesses performance against annual budgeted targets, aligning objectives with day to day realities on the group and ensures ongoing mentorship of staff in the region.

Ola has managed many multiple disciplinary projects with a focus on acquiring environmental licenses for infrastructure developments, including residential and commercial developments, and manufacturing operations. This experience is additionally transposed into coordinating consultants across in the West African Region in the implementation of ESG due diligence assessments, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA), environmental and social management systems (ESMS) development, environmental and social audits, environmental and social monitoring and training, social impact assessments, development of strategic communication pieces, and integrated reporting.

These services are provided to a wide range of clients including the financial services sector, industrial and mining clients, as well as listed entities. He is well versed in the application of international standards pertaining to the assessment of ESG risks, including the IFC performance standards, SMART customer protection principles, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing. He is also trained in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 implementation and auditing.

Key sectors he has gained experience in include power generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas, agriculture both primary production and beneficiation, financial services including microfinance institutions, education, bulk infrastructure development such as roads and harbors as well as light manufacturing operations, telecommunications, hospitality, health care and residential developments.

Mumo Kivuitu

Regional Managing Director - East Africa

Mumo as the Managing Director for the East Africa region coordinates day to day functioning of the business. This is undertaken with the assistance of the Group COO (Chief Operating Officer), whom together with the Group CEO (Chief Executive Officer) constitutes the East African board. Mumo is responsible for tracking the businesses performance against annual budgeted targets, aligning objectives with day to day realities on the group and ensures ongoing mentorship of staff in the region.

Mumo Kivuitu is a sustainable business and social development expert with 20 years’ experience working in the social and private sectors. Mumo has worked across several sectors on a variety of sustainable business issues including ethical and responsible business practices, corporate community engagement, corporate social investment, social enterprise, inclusive business, value chain development, social responsibility, certification, sustainable reporting and integrated reporting within the Eastern Africa region.

Natalie Wilkins

Acting Managing Director - SADC

As the Acting Managing Director for the SADC region, Natalie coordinates the day to day functioning of the SADC regional business. This is undertaken with the assistance of the Financial, and Business Development Director, whom together with the Group COO and CEO constitutes the SADC board. She is responsible for tracking the regions businesses performance against annual budgeted targets, aligning regional business objectives with the group strategy, and ensures ongoing mentorship and development of staff in the SADC region.

Natalie has gained extensive environmental and social experience working across a multitude of sectors over her 20+ years of experience. Natalie has worked across a range of business types including consultancy, development, advisory, investment, and education, both locally and internationally. Natalie has worked for organisations both in the private and public sectors and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding the different needs of our clients.

Key sector areas where she has gained experience include energy and low emissions development (renewable, biomass to energy, waste to energy, PV, small-scale embedded generation), the mining sector (business management consulting), sustainable cities (industrial development zones, integrated transport, green transport, green buildings, urban agriculture, ), smart cities (integrated systems), waste (circular economy, waste to energy, landfill site construction), and climate change (adaptation and mitigation).

Grant Cornish-Bowden

Business Director

As the Business Development Director Grant is responsible for identifying and executing potential growth opportunities for EBS. This includes all aspects of market research, communications, innovation and stakeholder engagement. Grant is responsible for new client acquisition, client retention, proposal development, pitching and contract negotiations. He has over 15 years ESG management consulting experience in designing practical client solutions. Grant is a member of the Cambridge Sustainable Leadership Institute and is an ISO trained auditor. Grant has held senior business development, strategy and innovation roles in some of Africa’s largest ESG and sustainability consultancies. Through extensive industry engagement Grant is highly connected to industry trends and has become a regular speaker at prominent industry events.

In addition to Business Development, Grant is passionate about influencing the flow of capital for positive social and environmental outcomes in the emerging markets and has direct experience in applying ESG impact principles in all major sectors across Africa and parts of the Middle East. This includes numerous multi-stakeholder projects involving various LP requirements, such as the IFC Performance Standards, in combination with national ESG related regulations and international best practice. Projects include the spectrum of risk, strategy, communications and impact advisory services. Specifically, this includes the development of ESIA, ESMS and ESDD projects for African multi-national companies as well as complex resettlement, livelihood restoration, carbon sequestration, ecosystem service quantification, REDD+ forest restoration and socio-economic resilience to climate change projects. Whilst Grant has experience in all major sectors his key experience lies in infrastructure, energy (traditional and renewable), large scale agriculture, mining (particularly coal, platinum, zinc and copper) and industrial projects.

Given Grants unique experience in both technical project delivery and business development, Grant also provides critical insight into the integration of ESG and impact principles into client’s investment thesis’. This is done in collaboration with the head of impact and the internal EBS graphic design and communication team. In this role, Grant represents clients when engaging potential investors, particularly when ESG and impact are high on the specific LPs agenda.

Ziegfried Schnetler

Financial Manager

Ziegfried manages the financials for all EBS Advisory subsidiaries. In this role he prepares financial reports, organises credit and collections, manages risk, cash flow and insurance aspects for the business.

Ziegfried has extensive data analytics and quality management skills having worked 5 years within the banking environment. He has also undertaken assessments focussed on determining Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) as it pertains to compliance and implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act FATCA (United States federal law). In his role at the bank, he also provided support to the European Banking Authority, FINREP (Financial Reporting) with regards to compliance and implementation. He was involved in the implementation of BA350 and BA900 automation and regulatory and IT credit data storage and has experience at three of the four large Banks and is pertains to NCA, MLC, COBP and FAIS.

Ziegfried has developed a reputation for getting the job done. He brings with him the expertise gained across various skill-sets with regards to problem solving, compliance to standards and operating in highly pressurised environments. He has experience in credit risk and market risk management, accounting and business analytics. In the last 5 years, he’s worked on consolidation and business analysis in an insurance business at RMB and Santam.

His prior work experience has allowed him to develop a big-picture view of company operations, regulations, and modelling, which has honed his ability to provide bespoke solutions to unique problems which positions him as a powerful asset on projects.

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165 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg (entrance on Sandown Crescent)
Office: +27 (0)10 880 0064
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