Louis Marais has been Gelvenor’s CEO since 2018, and is driven to ensure steady and sustainable growth in the company. After joining Bearing Man as the Human Resources Director in 1995, Louis rapidly climbed through the ranks until he was appointed Acting CEO just 4 years later, a position that became permanent in 2001. He left this role in 2008 to establish and run Innovative Technical Solutions, in which he pioneered technical innovations that saw him being recognised by the DTI. Aside from numerous management and finance courses, Louis holds a Master of Theology, a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and a T&E Aeronautical Certificate.
Willie JoubertDry Process Manager
Dry Process Manager Willie Joubert is in his 29th year at Gelvenor, and his incredible technical expertise has greatly contributed to the solid position Gelvenor enjoys today. Reporting directly to the CEO, Willie manages a staff complement of over 100 people, performing varying roles and functions in the Dry Process Department, ensuring that production and maintenance targets are met while upholding the company’s high standards of quality. Willie started at Gelvenor as an Apprentice Loom Tuner in 1990. After gaining his qualification in 1992, he steadily climbed through the ranks, moving up the Weaving Department ladder until he attained the position of Weaving Manager in 2006. 2 years later, he was promoted to Dry Process Manager, a role he has excelled in ever since.
Andrew AsquithWet Process Manager
With 26 years at Gelvenor under his belt, Wet Process Manager Andrew Asquith is an invaluable member of the team. With a staff of over 60, including Assistant Managers, Supervisors and Operational Staff, Andrew is responsible for selecting chemicals for pre-treatment, dyeing, finishing and coating, managing production and product development across a variety of departments in the Wet Process portfolio of Gelvenor. After completing his 3-year apprenticeship in 1995, Andrew launched his professional career at Gelvenor as a Senior Supervisor responsible for 25 workers in the Preparation, Dyeing and Finishing Department. Soon after being transferred to the Dyeing Department, Andrew found his niche, and was promoted through the ranks until he reached Dyehouse Manager. In 2008, his impressive skillset was recognised by the company, and he was appointed as the Wet Process Manager.
Steve FitzjohnSales Executive
Steve Fitzjohn is a relatively new face at Gelvenor, having accepted the position of Divisional Manager of the Traded Fabrics Division in 2018. He was recently promoted to Sales Executive, where he now manages the complete Gelvenor Sales Portfolio. Steve is responsible for achieving sales and profit margins for the business, leading product development, designing and implementing best practice processes and systems to build a sustainable business, and developing and executing strategic marketing plans that are aligned with the greater business strategy. Steve has a rich history in sales, joining NPV Valves’ Technical Sales Division after achieving his Bachelor of Economics from Stellenbosch University and his Operations Management Certificate from the University of Cape Town. He then spent over a decade as the Sales and Marketing Manager for Beier Envirotec, with a focus on non-woven fabrics, overseeing all aspects of the company’s commercial activity and managing the marketing and sales strategy for 9 diverse business sectors. Steve boasts a wealth of experience and a customer-centric approach to sales. We look forward to seeing our sales division soar under his guidance.
Samantha TaylorIMS Risk & Compliance Manager
Since 2017, Samantha Taylor has been competently filling the crucial role of Gelvenor’s IMS Risk & Compliance manager. She is the last stop for quality control, managing every aspect of product quality assurance to ensure that every product that leaves our factory is up to Gelvenor’s exacting standards. Additionally, Samantha is responsible for continuous improvement, Integrated Management System Risks and compliance management. Prior to joining Gelvenor, Samantha had been honing her textile technology, product development and quality management skills for over 2 decades. Samantha worked for International Trimmings & Labels for 6 years as Design and Development Officer, while completing her National Diploma in Textile Technology with a focus on Dry Processing. She started her career with Aunde Tap as a Product Design and Project technologist in 2005, following which - she was promoted to Process Technologist in 2007. Whilst at Aunde, Samantha completed a diploma in Operations Management. Her final position at Aunde was SHEQ Systems & Quality Manager, a position she served in from 2011 to 2017 before joining Gelvenor in her current capacity.
Caren VoslooSales Administration Manager
Overseeing the administrative operations of the Gelvenor Manufactured Division is Caren Vosloo, Gelvenor’s Sales Administration Manager. She is responsible for everything from sales order processing to production tracking and inventory management and is in charge of day-to-day functions as well as supporting and supervising the Sales Administration staff. Caren is the key link between the Gelvenor Manufactured Division and all other company departments, ensuring that all customer orders, queries or complaints are dealt with efficiently and effectively. She provides the Divisional team with real-time updates on production, final inspections, the lab and deliveries so that customers are kept up to date with the status of their orders. In 2000, Caren accepted a position as Customer Services Supervisor at Crosscape Express. Proving herself to be a highly-competent employee and an administrative force to be reckoned with, she was soon promoted to Manager. Caren stayed with Crosscape Express until 2010, before moving to Gelvenor.
Samantha PillaySales Administration Manager – Traded Division
Administration Manager Samantha Pillay oversees all administrative operations of the Traded Division. She is in charge of the every-day running of the division, supervising and supporting Sales and Buying Administration staff, and everything from sales order processing to stock purchasing and inventory management Samantha acts as the main link between the Traded Division Customers and Suppliers, ensuring that orders, complaints and queries are handled timeously and accurately. She also acts as the interface for customers for sampling, colour matching approvals and lab results, while providing the Divisional team with immediate updates so that customers are kept informed. Samantha started her career in the textiles industry at Sara Lee Playtex as their Woolworths Planner, being promoted to Supply Chain Expeditor after a few years. She then moved to Weatherly’s Decorating Warehouse as an Orders Administrator, and was soon promoted to Stock Administrator. After a short stint at Sandy’s Ribbon & Bows, Samantha joined Glodina as a Key Accounts Co-Coordinator in 2009. In 2015, Samantha was promoted to Wholesale Division Manager, and within just 6 months she was again elevated to the position of Stores Manager / Procurement.
Michelle JuryProcurement and Production Planning Manager
Managing the full range of the productive material supply chain planning processes and activities is Michelle Jury, Gelvenor’s Procurement and Production Planning Manager. Michelle’s responsibilities include master scheduling, supply and demand balancing, inventory management control, capacity requirement planning, and the sourcing of yarn. Michelle has been at Gelvenor for 16 years, having joined in 2003 after leaving her position as Global Traders SA’s Exports Merchandiser. Starting out as a Development Co-ordinator, her dedication to excellence saw her rapidly climbing the ranks, being promoted to Development Officer in 2004, Wet Process Production Planner in 2006, Wet Process Production Supervisor in 2008, and Logistics Officer in 2016. At the start of 2019, she began her new role as Procurement and Production Planning Manager, using her wealth of experience to ensure that all customer orders run smoothly through production. Aside from her impressive career history, Michelle has boosted her skillsets with two operations management courses from SAPICS and a Supervisory Development Programme from the Durban University of Technology (DUT), as well as a series of industry-related short courses through DUT and Technisa.