John Alastair (Chick) Legh has been operating in the South African property market since 1981, primarily as an owner/developer of commercial, industrial and retail properties. He is currently the Chairman of the Kuper Legh Property Group, which he started together with David Kuper in 1997. Prior to Kuper Legh, John was joint Managing Director and shareholder of BOE Properties Transvaal Limited. John’s relationship with BOE lasted more than ten years and during this time Boardprop Limited was successfully listed in the property section of the JSE. In 2006 Kuper Legh merged their properties with Sanlam Properties to list the Vukile Property Fund Ltd. Since 1980 John has also developed numerous up-market leisure properties that he currently owns and operates.
Thys has been involved in the property industry for over 24 years serving in different capacities. He commenced his career at Barprop Ltd, a listed fund, moved to PPS as Senior Property Manager, and then went back to RMP/Barprop as Marketing Manager. He moved to Old Mutual when Barprop was delisted and acquired by Old Mutual as Senior Investment Analyst, and was eventually responsible for sales and acquisitions for Old Mutual Properties. He served there successfully for more than 10 years, until he was approached by John Legh to partner in the Kuper Legh venture, where he now is involved with major acquisitions and transactions. He has vast experience in property management, sales and acquisitions, valuations, large developments, direct property investment and deal-making.
Vanessa Govender's career in property management started in 1991, where she gained extensive experience in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. During her years at Retail International, Murray & Roberts Properties and RMS Colliers, she worked as Financial Manager on various portfolios, some of them being the La Lucia Mall development, Transnet Pension Fund portfolio and Murray & Roberts portfolio. Vanessa joined Kuper-Legh Property Management (Pty) Ltd in 2004 as Head of Finance and was instrumental in the company’s initial start-up phase which involved setting up systems, policies and processes. She progressed to shareholder and director of the company in 2009 and currently heads the operations for the company. In Kuper-Legh's successful 13 years of existence, the company has managed properties for various private clients and listed funds, namely Vukile Property Fund Limited and Texton Property Fund Limited. Vanessa is also a founding member of the Lightworkers Women's Organization which is a non-profit organization whose values lie in women and child upliftment and empowerment.