Board of Trustees

Profmed medical aid scheme is governed by a Board of Trustees. Half of the Board of Trustees are elected by members of the Scheme, and half are appointed by the Board. Trustees must be members of the Scheme, which means that Profmed’s members are served by professionals drawn from various fields.

The Board is responsible for ensuring the proper and sound management of the Scheme and must act with due care, diligence, skill and in good faith.

Members serving on the Board for the 2020/2021 year

Mr GR Anderson

Pharmacist

Mr Anderson has in excess of 45 years’ extensive experience in the healthcare industry. He qualified as a pharmacist and spent two years in retail pharmacy before joining the Clinic Holdings Group of Hospitals in 1974. In 1984 he was appointed to the Board of Clinic Holdings, when he took on group responsibility. In 1987, when the group listed on the JSE, he was appointed Executive Director of the group and was responsible for group operations, hospital acquisitions and construction of new hospitals. In 1997 he was appointed as CEO of Southern Healthcare JV, a position which he held until 1999. Mr Anderson then consulted to both the healthcare and healthcare funding industries until 2003. After being a trustee of Profmed Medical Scheme for a year, he was appointed as the Principal Officer and Chief Executive of Profmed on 1 August 2003 and retired on 31 December 2018.
Mr Anderson is the founding member of the Health Funders Association (HFA), an independent body representing the interests of the healthcare funding industry, and was the inaugural chairman of the Board of HFA. Mr Anderson was elected to the Profmed Board of Trustees in June 2019.

Adv JJ Crouse

BCom, LLB

Adv Crouse has held private Advocate chambers in the Western Cape, inter alia, specialising in medico-legal matters, alternative dispute resolutions and labour law since 2017. Prior to his current activities, for 10 years Adv Crouse held various managing executive roles in the corporate healthcare environment with, inter alia, niche medical provision funds, including at Barclays Africa Consultants and Actuaries. Before joining Barclays Africa, he served for eight years as a Senior Judge in terms of the Military Courts Act promulgated in 1999 after practising in the legal profession for many years and also having flown as a qualified pilot for two airlines. Adv Crouse is also an acknowledged international authority in the fields of medical ethics, international humanitarian law and “Medicine and the Law”. His unique contribution to this field currently includes being the Senior Legal Advisor to the Secretary General and Chairman of the Scientific Council of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), based in Brussels, Belgium. Adv Crouse is also the Head of an international course of ICMM, which has been presented to medical practitioners for the past 15 years in various countries.

Ms MM Geringer

Chairman
BCom, FFA, FASSA

Ms Geringer completed a BCom degree at the University of Pretoria and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a fellow member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. She is the founding director of Solvco and is also the chair of the newly-formed Systems and Technology Committee of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

Prof WM Gumede

MA (Cardiff University)

Prof Gumede is Associate Professor at the Wits School of Governance. He runs a course on public finance and economics, including how to draft the National Budget for Members of Parliament (MPs) of all political parties in South Africa. He also runs a programme for MPs of the British Commonwealth on how to manage their parliaments and how to conduct themselves ethically as MPs.

He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation; Chairman of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH); former Lead Independent Director of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS); and former Deputy Editor of the Sowetan newspaper.

Previously he was Senior Associate & Program Director, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was Senior Associate Member & Oppenheimer Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE); Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University; Course Leader at New School University, New York.

He is the author of a number of no. 1 bestsellers. His most recent book is South Africa in BRICS.

Mr GS Harvey

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Mr Harvey completed his BSc Honours degree, majoring in Computer Science, at the University of Cape Town. Until recently, he was a partner in a technology company providing essential technology systems to a variety of healthcare companies. Mr Harvey, together with his partners, built and developed the enterprise into the largest independent IT provider to healthcare in the country until it was acquired by The Liberty Group in 2008. Mr Harvey, whilst retired from active corporate life for the past four years, has continued to be involved in entrepreneurial technology start-up companies.

Mr M Jeena

BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA), MBA

Mr Jeena is a Chartered Accountant based in Johannesburg. He completed a BCom at the University of Durban Westville and thereafter obtained a BCompt Honours degree through Unisa. He subsequently wrote the qualifying Board Examination in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Mr Jeena started practice as an Auditor and Accountant in 1985 and subsequently established the audit firm of Karolia Jeena Inc. Whilst in public practice, he completed a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) through Wits. Mr Jeena has served on the Board of numerous non-profit organisations and his key strengths lie in auditing, accounting, taxation, corporate governance, company secretarial, tax and trust laws.

Dr AP Newell

Bachelor of Dental Science

Dr Newell graduated as a dentist from Wits in 1987 and had a general dental practice for over 20 years. In 2010 a cycling accident rendered him unable to continue practising dentistry. He was privileged to be able to dedicate two years to his rehabilitation and thereafter was appointed as a trustee on the Board of Profmed from 2012 to June 2018. Profmed co-opted Dr Newell as a member of the Profmed Medical Committee for the year 2018/2019. He was also part of a dental implant research team from 2013 to 2016. Dr Newell’s years in private practice and as a Profmed member since 1989 have provided the valuable perspective of both provider and member. He is currently studying a two-year post-graduate diploma in Life Coaching at The South African Institute of Psychology. He plans to focus on people involved in the healthcare industry as well as people with disabilities.

Dr SJ Velzeboer

MBBS BSc (Medical), FFARCS, FFA (SA), MBA (Cum Laude)

After 12 years in private anaesthetic practice in Johannesburg,
Dr Velzeboer completed an MBA at Wits focusing on information systems in healthcare. In 1996, she founded Qualsa Healthcare and grew the company to a staff of 250 before the company was purchased by Metropolitan Health. She served as Secretary and as Chairman of the Gauteng Branch of the South African Medical Association and represented it at National Council, where she was elected to the Finance Committee. She served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Finance Committee from 2004 to 2006, and received an award for dedicated and professional service. She has completed additional studies in Advanced Ethics, Duties of Directors and High Performance Boards. Dr Velzeboer is now in part-time private practice.

Mr CW Comrie

Principal Officer and Chief Executive
BCompt (CTA Hons)

Mr Comrie qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000. After seven years in both the auditing and investment banking fields, he moved into the medical scheme administration industry with a large administrator. Over a period of 17 years, Craig was responsible for, amongst others, marketing, business development, service provider negotiations, amalgamation projects, and the management of 11 corporate medical schemes.