Southey Holdings’ management team is led by Chief Executive Officer Barry Wickins and Financial Director Peter Ringelmann who contribute significant operational expertise and extensive knowledge of local market conditions and dynamics. Barry and Peter are supported by a strong management team from across the various Southey Holdings subsidiaries, combining exceptional skill and experience in areas of contracting, shipping and related services. This management team has a proven track record of growing shareholder wealth and maintaining the group’s strong market position.


Barry Wickins (Chief Executive Officer) Barry is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of broad financial, commercial and management experience, covering mechanical engineering and a wide range of manufacturing industries. He has held the position of CEO of Southey Holdings since 2001 and his qualifications include a B.Com (Rand), C.A. (SA), Advanced Management Diploma from UNISA and attendance at the Senior Executive Programme at the Harvard Business School.

Barry has served on the boards of listed companies in South Africa, including subsidiaries of the Dorbyl Ltd Group, originally part of the Dorman Long Group. He has also served as Managing Director of Babcock Africa in South Africa, which is part of London Babcock Plc.

PeterPeter Ringelmann (Financial Director) Peter is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal. Initially joining the group as Financial Manager in 2001, he was appointed Director on the main board in 2003 and Financial Director in 2007. In addition to a solid track record of academic achievement (lecturing at university in 3rd & 4th year), Peter has held numerous leadership positions since being his school’s Head Boy.

Peter has been integral to the successful acquisitions of Southey Holdings, as well as the modernising of this traditional family business. Before joining Southey Holdings, Peter completed his Articles at Ernst & Young who transferred him to corporate finance in the USA.


Scott Bigby Scott is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southey Holdings. He was educated at Maritzburg College, University of South Africa and University of Natal and is a practising attorney and the Managing Director of Woodhead Bigby, a regional law firm based in KwaZulu-Natal.Scott has a wide experience in most areas of the law. He is a notary and conveyancer, a maritime lawyer, and sits on numerous boards of trustees. His experience in corporate and commercial law and his accumulated knowledge and participation in the affairs of the Southey Group in particular add strength to his position on the Board of Southey Holdings.

Scott’s extra-mural interests include travel and adventure motorcycling. He is also an accomplished bagpiper. He is married to Jeanette, a holiday travel specialist, and they have two children, both of whom are attorneys.

Prudence (Gugu) Motlanthe is a well-travelled, black business woman with interests in mining and financial services. Gugu heads Mbongeni Investments (Pty) Ltd and holds shareholding in various companies including Capitec Bank through the Ashbrook Consortium.

Gugu holds a management and marketing diploma from the SA Institute of Management and further certificates through the Oxford Brookes Marketing and Management Degree Programme. She is a part-time designer holding a diploma from the Design School of South Africa. 

As a social activist, Gugu uses her skills to promote diversity and is also hard at work solving pressing economic issues experienced day to day. Her social responsibilities are many and involve being a patron of Siloe Centre for the blind, addressing women and the youth on critical issues, whilst looking out for the aged. Learning is an all-time passion, and she continues to acquire knowledge in various fields. Gugu is currently enrolled at UNISA.   

Paul Botha is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Metier. He is an Attorney and Notary Public, having been in private practice since 1986. In 1998 he established an advisory division for Brait and was its CEO until 2003.

Previously he was a senior commercial law partner in the Johannesburg practice of Bell, Dewar & Hall, where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions and cross-border work across a number of industries. Paul has an outstanding record in executing more than 250 corporate transactions, of which the majority have involved private equity transactions and the entrepreneurial multi-disciplinary assignments which Metier targets.

Paul is a committed and effective deal-maker and board member with a reputation for getting things done to the highest standards of professionalism.

Grant Howarth  is an Associate at Metier, in support of the Capital Growth Funds. Grant completed his Bachelor of Business Science in Economics and Masters in Commerce, specialising in financial markets, from Rhodes University.

In 2008, he joined the Monitor Group, an international management consulting firm, during which time he primarily worked in their capital team in support of private equity funds operating across Southern Africa. His responsibilities included managing analysts during a variety of due diligence processes on a number of deals. This allowed Grant to gain exposure to a range of different industries in the region.

As a result of a relationship that was developed with Metier during his time at the Monitor Group, Grant joined the firm in 2009 and is taking on coverage responsibilities across Africa in addition to transaction research and analysis.