MEET OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Anthony is proud to introduce himself as the company’s first official employee when approached by his father (and Douglas Jones founder) Robin in May 2000. Prior to this time, Anthony had been working as a Foreign Investment consultant at Old Mutual for two years, after completing a BComm Degree at the University of Stellenbosch.
Robin and Anthony formed a very special bond as business partners and shared the passion and professionalism needed to move forward in the ever-changing fashion world. Anthony was appointed Managing Director in 2007 as Robin was nominated Board Chairman. Robin remained in this position until his passing in March 2013 and Anthony continues to steer the company forward, keeping Douglas Jones the preferred mosaic company to buy through in Southern Africa.
When Beverley married the founder, Robin Douglas-Jones, in the 1960s, she decided to leave her pharmacy degree to support Robin’s entrepreneurial skills full time. Being the driving force behind Robin, she focussed on allowing him the freedom to grow and develop the many successful companies he set up by managing the accounts of these enterprises with her loyal and committed control.
Bev has been the Financial Director for Douglas Jones since inception in the year 2000 and remains a critical part of our Board of Directors, together with Anthony, Kitty and Rens.
Having completed diplomas in Public Relations & Marketing and Business Computing, Kitty found herself as a Shareholder of an Inbound Tour Operator for 5 of her 10 years in the Tourism Industry. In 2008 Robin then called on Kitty to join the family business and to move to Mauritius to open the Douglas Jones operation in the Indian Ocean.
After a successful 3 and a half years establishing the brand on the Indian Ocean Islands, Kitty moved to Johannesburg to open a Boutique Gallery for Douglas Jones in the affluent Northern Suburbs. She moved to Cape Town in June 2013 and now heads up the Marketing Department where creative juices flow and ideas are conceptualised and brought to life!
Rens Rezelman is Operations Director of Douglas Jones and has been a part of the team since July 2013. With the various exciting challenges that exist in the market today, Rens has been integral in optimising the various processes throughout the business as we continue to expand our products.
As a former Management Consultant with an international firm, Rens brings experience to Douglas Jones from a variety of businesses. He has worked across a span of industries, and he holds an undergraduate degree from Stellenbosch University, as well as an Honours and Master’s Degree specialising in Management and Organisational Studies.
Nina has been with the Douglas Jones family since inception, and without her and the founding members we would not be where we are today!
From a company of 5 to over 54 people in just over 16 years, Nina always has her finger on the pulse and it’s fair to say she knows what is happening in every department! But, her main focus is Warehouse operations and logistics, from managing stock arriving at the warehouse, to orders being picked and dispatched from Cape Town. She works closely with our various transport companies who distribute our product throughout Southern Africa. Nina’s job never quietens down but she thrives in this role!
Cheehaam joined the family business mid year 2010 and is in charge of all facets of the shipping and importing / exporting of our products. She is in control of all stock orders, foreign payments and keeping our buying system updated, as well as the daily running of the warehouse and production core essentials.
Together with her International Trade and Transport degree as well as her expertise from working in the shipping industry for many years prior to joining Douglas Jones, Cheehaam brings a wealth of knowledge to the company.
CREATIVE ASSEMBLY MANAGER
Nazlie was in the clothing industry for 28 years managing the factory staff before we were able to snatch her up and she has been with us since November 2002.
Nazlie is in charge of our Creative Assembly division and there is no limit to the creativity which comes from here, with the most beautiful patterns and fades being produced by her capable staff. Every day they are presented with new and more complex patterns, but the department accepts the challenges with enthusiasm, and to date, they have achieved and exceeded our clients’ expectations every single time!