Our Directors
Oakhurst was founded in 2015 by Craig Robertson who was joined in 2016 by Byron Nichles. Between them Craig and Byron have a 40 year track record of success at the highest levels of corporate business in South Africa.

Craig Robertson – BCompt

Corporate experience

Craig completed his Articles with PKF. In a career spanning over 20 years, the last 15 of which as Chief Executive Officer, Craig was instrumental in growing ARB Electrical Wholesalers from a small, privately owned business with 2 branches into SA’s largest independent electrical wholesaling group which successfully listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”) in 2007. Craig exited the corporate world in 2012 to focus on building his personal property portfolio.

Property experience

Craig was instrumental in the creation of a sizeable property portfolio for ARB Holdings. Over the years, Craig has successfully acquired, redeveloped and disposed of a number of residential and industrial properties across South Africa.

Craig is the founder of Oakhurst.

Byron Nichles – CA(SA), CGMA (UK)

Corporate experience

Byron has significant corporate finance and investment banking expertise, gained from both Deloitte and as a founding shareholder and director of Bridge Capital Group. Byron has advised several JSE listed companies including Murray & Roberts, ARB Holdings, Reunert, ADvTECH, Basil Read, Vukile Property Income Fund and MICC Property Income Fund on a variety of strategic transactions and capital raisings.  After selling his stake in Bridge Capital in 2008, Byron held senior directorships of several listed companies including:

  • Group Chief Financial Officer of Amalgamated Appliance Holdings Limited (now part of the Bidvest Group)
  • Group Chief Executive Officer of ARB Holdings Limited
  • Executive Director of Invicta Holdings Limited & Chief Executive Officer of its Engineering Solutions Group
  • Non-executive director of Invicta Holdings Limited (Nov 2016 – May 2020).

 

Property experience

Byron was a key member of the Bridge Capital Properties team that successfully raised the Springbok Fund in 2006 from European investors seeking to gain exposure to the South African commercial property market. During 2008 and 2009, the Springbok Fund was the top performing commercial property fund in the Investment Property Databank (IPD) South African all fund universe.

Byron’s property experience further includes acquisitions, disposals, leases and development including the acquisition and development of several new branch premises for ARB across South Africa as well as the R400m expansion and redevelopment of BMG’s head office campus and centralised supply chain distribution complex in Johannesburg.

Byron exited the corporate world in 2016 to join Craig in growing Oakhurst Property Group.