Our people

Gibela wholeheartedly endorses the transfer of human skills and technological know-how in the building of trains for a modern era. We are helping our people to advance their technical skills through further training in world-class train design and manufacturing, and we also equip all employees with professional-service skills.

Board of Directors

Irene Charnley

Non-executive director
Certificate in Management Advanced Programme, Industrial Relations, Wits Business School; Diploma in Graphic Art, Reproduction and Technology, London College of PrintingRead more

Andrew DeLeone

Non-executive director
Master’s degree in industrial relations from Cornell University, New YorkRead more

Sonja De Bruyn

Non-executive director
LLB Hons, London School of Economics; MA Business and Economic Policy, McGill University, Montreal; Securities and Funding Authority (UK); Executive Programme (Harvard Kennedy School)Read more

Bernard Peille

Non-executive director
Master’s degree from the Industrial Management School in Arras, FranceRead more

Mokganyetsi Violet Sithole

Non-executive director
MPhil, Stellenbosch UniversityRead more

Tristan le Masne de Chermont

Non-executive director
Master’s: Management, ESCP Business School, Paris, FranceRead more
Irene Charnley

Irene is currently the deputy chairperson of Smile Telecoms Holdings. She was, for 12 years, CEO of the same company, formerly known as Smile Telecoms Group.

She sits on several boards, including Smile Telecoms Holdings and all its subsidiary company boards – Smile Communications Tanzania, Smile Communications Democratic Republic of Congo, Smile Communications Uganda, Smile Communications Nigeria and Smile Communications PTY (a South Africa-based company); MTN Group; MCell; South African Broadcasting Corporation.

She is also the non-executive director for Metropolitan; South African Breweries; Premier Group LTD; Times Media Limited; MNet; MultiChoice; First National Bank.

Andrew DeLeone

President, Africa, Middle East & Central Asia (AMECA) region at Alstom

Before joining Alstom, Andrew was president for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India region at Bombardier Transportation. His regional responsibilities included customer-relationship management, sales, services and project management for Europe (Switzerland, Italy, Iberia and Nordic countries), Middle East, Africa and India.

Andrew studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a master’s degree in industrial relations from Cornell University, New York. He has extensive experience in expanding profitable service businesses. Furthermore, he has led large-scale transformations, optimising organisational structures and strengthening employee engagement and accountability.

Sonja De Bruyn

With extensive experience in finance, business and empowerment of women in South Africa. Sonja is the co-founder and principal shareholder of Identity Partners, an investor in established and growing businesses, advisor to government and corporate clients, with a dedicated fund to finance black youth and women entrepreneurs.

She currently sits on the boards of RMBH and RMI, Discovery Group, Remgro, Mr Price Group and the National Empowerment Fund. She has received recognition from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, the Black Management Forum and the World Economic Forum as a young global leader.

Bernard Peille

Managing director, Southern Africa cluster, MEA-GENL MNG-ASAH

Before moving to Alstom Ubunye, Bernard joined Gibela’s executive committee as a rolling-stock operations director in 2019, responsible for industrial operations and the growth of Dunnottar’s plant capacity for effective and efficient rolling-stock operations.

Bernard holds a master’s degree from the Industrial Management School in Arras, France. His career at Alstom spans 30 years and includes various executive positions in the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and France. He was previously Alstom’s managing director for the Western and Central Asia cluster, based in Astana, Kazakhstan. He successfully steered industrial sites such as Reichshoffen and La Rochelle, designing and manufacturing regional trains, tramways and very high-speed trains.

Mokganyetsi Violet Sithole

Mokganyetsi is the founding director of specialist monitoring and evaluation consultancy firm, Uweso Consulting, and Genorah Resources, an emerging black mining company that was previously the majority shareholder in Australian Stock Exchange-listed Nkwe Platinum.

She has more than 30 years of experience in education management, e-learning, strategic planning, as well as stakeholder and human resource management. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Mokganyetsi has served on the boards of the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance and the Gauteng Institute of Education Development and Management.

Tristan le Masne de Chermont

Tristan joined Alstom as assistant to the senior auditor in 2004. He served as vice president: internal audit and internal control for three years before becoming vice president: finance, Middle East and Africa in 2019. During the audit and control tenure, Alstom’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index score soared to 86/100 on risk and crisis management (versus a peer average of 56/100).

Executive Committee

Hector Danisa

Chief Executive
BSc Honours, University of Natal; MBA, University of WalesRead more

Reggie Boqo (CA)(SA)

Chief Financial Officer
BCom, North West University; BCompt Honours, University of South AfricaRead more

Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani (Dr)

Corporate Service & Traction Motors Operations Executive
DPhil (Technology and Innovation Management), Da Vinci InstituteRead more

Loïc Le Gorrec

Rolling Stock Operations Executive
EIGSI industrial systems engineering school, La Rochelle, FranceRead more

Vuyiswa Tlomatsane

Maintenance Services Executive
B Tech (Civil Engineering), Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyRead more

Convey Meintjies

Legal Services & Company Secretary
Bachelor of Law (LLB), University of KwaZulu-NatalRead more

Colette Yende

Procurement Operations Executive
Executive Development Programme, GIBS Business School; B Tech (Quality Management), University of JohannesburgRead more

Thokozani Mabuya

Human Resource Executive
BTech in Human Resources Management from the Durban University of Technology; Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice from Henley Business SchoolRead more
Hector Danisa

Hector was appointed Chief Executive on 1 May 2019. He initially joined Gibela in 2016 as general manager in the CEO’s office, and became project director for the Manufacture and Supply Agreement for PRASA’s new rolling stock and engineer for the rolling stock project in January 2017.

He is an experienced business executive with proven capabilities in the operations, distribution and logistic sectors of private and state-owned organisations, where he has managed complex business units. Hector has previously overseen capital projects with operational expenditure of more than R1-billion and has received recognition for financial, operational and safety achievements in businesses internationally.

Reggie Boqo (CA)(SA)

Previously group chief financial officer of the City of Johannesburg, Reggie joined Gibela as chief financial officer in June 2018 with experience in finance that spans over 20 years. Reggie has held various positions, including group financial director at a financial services company. He has served in executive roles and at board level in both the public and private sectors.

Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani (Dr)

Buyiswa joined Gibela as the economic development director at the end of 2013. She is responsible for the company's contractual commitments on local content, enterprise development, skills development, socio-economic development, transformation and stakeholder relations.

With more than 20 years’ experience in economic development, enterprise development and transformation with multinational companies including Sasol Mining, Sasol Oil and Shell South Africa. Her accomplishments include the establishment of the Shell South Africa’s Enterprise Development Fund to assist black-owned small, medium and micro enterprises.

Loïc Le Gorrec

Loïc has extensive experience in managing multi-skills teams within large-scale projects. At Gibela, he is in charge of the engineering, industrialisation, supply chain, manufacturing, test and commissioning, enterprise resource planning methods and tools, environmental health and safety, facilities management and planning, as well as managing up to 650 FTE.

Recognised for his dynamism and capacity to empower and develop teams to achieve targets, Loïc is organised with a clear vision to drive change on the Gibela shop floor through a strong team spirit, process improvement, adapted tools and visual management.

Vuyiswa Tlomatsane

Vuyisa comes with more than 20 years’ experience in civil engineering. She has worked as a traffic engineer at BKS (Pty) Ltd, responsible for transport modelling and simulation, road and bridge design and traffic impact assessments for private commercial developments. She later moved to transport infrastructure projects, leading commuter rail transport planning, road-based mass transit systems planning and implementation.

Tlomatsane has a track record in project and construction management of high-profile projects, including the Department of Transport, City of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Development Agency. She joined Gibela as a construction director in April 2016 and managed the construction of Gibela’s new train manufacturing plant. In July 2018, she joined Gibela’s executive committee, becoming the organisation’s service operations director.

Convey Meintjies

Convey is an admitted attorney of the Republic of South Africa, a member of the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa and registered with the Southern African Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

He started his career in corporate and property law, then moved into advisory positions, drafting legislation for the government, and also enjoyed a corporate career with an American manufacturing firm as a senior legal and contracts counsel and company secretary. He serviced developing and emerging markets before joining Gibela’s executive committee in September 2017.

Colette Yende

Colette is an accomplished procurement operations executive, with a focused orientation towards innovation and transformation. She specialises in the provision of strategic direction for supply chain management, sourcing and procurement, category management and contracts management, as well as both internal and external relationship management (partners and suppliers).

With experience spanning more than two decades in a variety of industries, Colette has worked for Barloworld Equipment, Transnet Engineering, Total SA and Eskom.

These roles have enabled Colette to find her passion and “calling”. As a fair and firm leader, she holds strong beliefs in ongoing learning and teaching, within the team and as an individual. Working hand in hand with a network of stakeholders to build and share her extensive knowledge base, she is known across Gibela for going the extra mile to confront and resolve diverse business and industry-related challenges.

Thokozani Mabuya

Thokozani Mabuya’s career spans more than two decades and cuts across various industries, including engineering, automotive components manufacturing, mining, human resources, business consulting, and chemical manufacturing. He has held positions ranging from business consultant to board-level executive director, and has an interest in the areas of organisational development and human resources.

Thokozani’s practical experience is augmented by academic qualifications that include a BTech in Human Resources Management from the Durban University of Technology; a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice from Henley Business School; and a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate from Penn State University in the United States.