The Orion Real Estate Board


Mr Richard Wilkinson – Independent Non Executive Chairman

Mr Richard Wilkinson retired as Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in southern Africa during 2003, a position he held since 1991. He provided the Secretariat to, and was a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance. He holds several directorships on listed and non-listed companies and in the non-governmental organisation sector. he retired in 1991 as Executive Director of Rennies Group Limited having served the enterprise for 35 years.


Mr Delani Mthembu – Independent Non Executive Director

Mr Delani Mthembu holds BA Honours HRD (UJ) and MSc Leadership and Innovation (UKZN) degrees. He has also completed a postgraduate certificate in Coaching from Middlesex University (UK) and Masters Level Accreditation by EMCC and WABC. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of KZN. He has memberships to various business organisations and is lecturing part time at various universities.Mr Mthembu has served as CEO and board member to a number of private and public organizations.


Dr Antoinette Gmeiner – Non Executive Director

Dr Antoinette Gmeiner completed her Doctorate in Nursing Science in 1993 at RAU. She is a Master Executive Coach and has extensive coaching experience on executive committee and board level. She has been coaching for more than 14 years and has established an internal coaching programme for the Orion Group, coaching 21 teams monthly. She specialises in team coaching and has been coaching internal and external teams in organisations for more than 26 years.


Mr Franz Gmeiner – Group CEO and Managing Director

Mr Franz Gmeiner attained his BCom Accounting (Hons) and qualified as one of the top ten students in the Chartered Accountants examination in 1983. During his accountancy career he became a partner in Cohen and Gmeiner Accountants, which he led to become one of the largest auditing firms in South Africa. Hoe founded a property company in 1991, which has grown into the current Orion Real Estate Limited, listed on the JSE Limited. During 1999 he took over the hotel operations of the Hotel Devonshire and since then the Orion Hotels division has built up a portfolio of 13 hotels. he is a member of several clubs and organisations and holds numerous directorships and trusteeships.