The Management Board



John Humby


John is a SACS Old Boy who attained a Mechanical Engineering degree from UCT. He worked for South African Railways before joining R.J.Southey He then worked as Department Manager at the Dubai Drydocks. He re-joined Southey Cape Town in 2003 and then took up the position of Divisional Managing Director for Southey Gauteng. John was appointed to the Board of Directors of the company in 2006.


John Ryall


John Ryall was educated at Diocesan College Cape Town, matriculating in 1971. He served in the SA Navy before joining Safmarine where he obtained a Certificate of Mechanical Engineering. He then received  a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Technical College in 1976. John joined consulting engineers Thompson & Van Eck as Assistant RE and then worked for WJM Construction (Pipelines). John joined Southey Contracting 30 years ago and is now Divisional MD of Cape and Namibia,  also being instrumental in establishing  Southey Offshore. He serves on the Board of Directors.


Ockie Strydom


In 1993, Ockie attained a N.Dip Arch from TUT SA before joining the Concor Group as Regional Sales Manager in 2000. In 2002 he obtained an MBA from Bond University AU and worked as Branch Manager for the Isover Group. He joined Southey Contracting as Divisional Managing Director Durban in 2008 and serves on the Board of Directors.


Ben Garrad


Ben Garrad was schooled in the UK and completed his B.Eng with Honours at Southampton University. After graduating he joined Arup Consulting Engineers in SA and worked on many major projects. Ben returned to London where he was involved in high profile IT related projects. Ben returned to SA as MD of painting contractor Bulldog Projects. He was then appointed Technical Director of Southey Contracting, based in Gauteng. He is member of the Board of Directors.