Our Executive Board

We take a personal approach to business, offering global reach and vast experience with a human touch.

Founding Director

Charles graduated with a B Proc and an LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand South Africa in 1983. He then commenced his career in South Africa in the trade finance industry.

In 1985 Charles relocated to the UK where he was involved in and formed trade finance companies. In 1993 he moved to Switzerland where he focused on creating and establishing a range of trade finance products that are now the core products provided by Tower Trade Group.

Charles’ primary responsibilities include heading business development at Tower Trade Group where he is Founding Director.

Chief Executive Officer

Richard is our Chief Executive Officer and a key member of both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of Tower Trade Group.

After completing his Bachelor’s Degree and Post Graduate studies at the University of Natal Durban, Richard moved into the financial sector in which he has spent the last 19 years. He was initially actively involved in the project and structured finance sector, dealing extensively with large governmental organizations and funds. Richard has spent the last 8 years focusing on the trade finance and commodity finance sectors culminating in his appointment at Tower Trade Group.

William Battershill


William left school aged 17 and commenced his working career with his father, John Battershill, at his manufacturing and agricultural supply company in Zimbabwe. William immigrated to RSA in 1981 and worked for Way Industries, a manufacturing company in Qwa Qwa, where he was appointed as a director at the age of 23.

In May 1985, William resigned from Way Industries and started Discount Steel. This was the founding company from which BSi Steel was spawned.

William’s strengths are his broad based understanding of business and his ability to recognize and convert business opportunities

Non-Executive Director

Nigel is a non-executive director of a number of major SA listed companies. He is chairman of Mr Price Group Limited, Bidvest Bank Limited, Tower Trade Group and Areta Health. Nigel is a director of Bidvest Group, Bidcorp Limited, JSE Limited, Vukile Property Fund Ltd and BSi Steel.

His unlisted company directorships include PPS Insurance, PPS Investments, Strate Limited and Gobodo Forensics.

Nigel has BCom (Hon), CA (SA), MBL academic qualifications, and extensive directorship, risk management, deal making and corporate governance experience across a range of industries, including financial services, retail, industrial and property.

After qualifying, Nigel was a finance executive in a large textiles group, and thereafter was a partner in KPMG. He has served as a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance, on the international board of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has lectured on IOD corporate governance and board leadership training programs.

Nigel is an avid mountain biker and canoeist, participating annually in major events in both sports.

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