Board of Directors

Prieur Du Plessis


With more than three decades’ experience in finance, economic analysis and investment management, Prieur is one of the most experienced and well-known investment professionals in South Africa. In addition to chairing the board of Bridge Fund Managers, he also serves as a non-executive director of Distell Group, deputy chairman of the Institute of Directors (Southern Africa), trustee of Professional Provident Society (PPS) Holdings Trust and chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Stellenbosch University. Additionally, he is professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), President of the Alumni Association of the USB, and Honorary Consul General of Slovenia for South Africa.

Paul Stewart

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has worked in investments both internationally and in South Africa. In 2005 he joined Plexus Asset Management as Chief Operating Officer and became Managing Director of the Plexus Group in 2008. Plexus was acquired by Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management) in March 2012. Paul has served on and chaired various industry committees including ACI and Asisa. Paul has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years.

Ian Anderson

Chief Investment Officer

Ian joined Bridge Fund Managers (formerly Grindrod Asset Management) as Chief Investment Officer in September 2009. Prior to that, he ran his own consultancy where his clients included Marriott Asset Management, Fortress Asset Managers (part of the Resilient group of companies) and the Property Loan Stock Association of South Africa. Ian was the Investment Director at Marriott Asset Management from 2002 to 2007, having joined the firm as an Investment Analyst in 1996. Ian has been involved in the management of specialist listed property portfolios for the past 15 years and the investment industry for over 20 years.

Greg Heron

Board Member

Greg, a chartered accountant, is the CEO of Infinitus Holdings, an investment holding company with interests in quality, high growth unlisted businesses. Infinitus Holdings is a significant shareholder in Bridge Fund Managers. He has over 25 years’ experience in corporate, structured and property finance as well as operational exposure to a variety of businesses. Greg has served as a board member for various companies in both the listed and unlisted environment.

Andrew Blades

Board Member

Andrew is currently an Executive Director of Grindrod Bank Limited and has over 13 years banking experience. Andrew is also responsible for the implementation of the Bank’s strategy, and is a member of Exco, Alco and Credit Committees.

David Polkinghorne

Board Member

David is the Chief Executive of Grindrod Bank Limited. Outside of banking David was appointed to the Grindrod Executive Committee and the Grindrod Limited Board in 2005. He was Chairman of the Kearsney College Board of Governors, is a non-executive Director of The Umhlatuzi Valley Sugar Company, and is a Trustee of The Cecil Renaud Charitable Trust, the Kearsney College Development Fund and Durban Children Welfare Society.