Sean Phillips

13th May 2016


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Full Name: Sean Phillips

Position: MD of the Johannesburg Roads Agency since May 1, 2016

Main Activity of the Company: Managing and developing municipal roads, bridges and stormwater infrastructure in the City of Johannesburg

Date and Place of Birth: August 31, 1964, Pietermaritzburg
Education: BEng (Hons), MSc (project management and municipal engineering for developing areas), Master of Management (public and development management), PhD (civil engineering)

First Job: Trainee engineer, James Croswell & Associates Consulting Engineers, Johannesburg

Career History Prior to Current Position: James Croswell & Associates Consulting Engineers; Director for public works programmes, Gauteng provincial government; chief director for roads and bridges, Limpopo provincial government; head of department, Department of Public Works and Roads, Limpopo; COO, national Department of Public Works; director-general, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation; CEO, Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency

Size of First Pay Packet: About R4 000 a month

First Job with Present Group: MD

Value of Assets under Your Control: A yearly budget of about R2-billion and assets of about R50-billion

Number of People under Your Leadership: About 1 500

Management Style: Consultative and participatory, hands-on

Personal Best Achievement: Being a father

Professional Best Achievement: Together with the rest of the management team and the late MEC, Collins Chabane, making provincial roads service delivery in Limpopo more efficient and effective

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Nelson Mandela

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Collins Chabane

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barack Obama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Richard Branson

Philosophy of Life: It is not the difficulties that you encounter in life that are important; it is how you deal with them

Biggest Ever Opportunity: All my jobs in the postapartheid government

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Seeing achievements being reversed as a result of leadership changes in departments

Hope for the Future: That we achieve at least half of the targets in the National Development Programme

Favourite Reading: Realistic novels, current affairs

Favourite TV Programme: Discovery Channel

Favourite Food/Drink: All good food and good wine

Favourite Music: Rock

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Favourite Website: news24, Business Day Live

Hobbies: DIY, cooking, working out in the gym, swimming

Car: Audi A3

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Unnecessarily long, unfocused and inefficient meetings

Favourite Other South African Company: Woolworths

Favourite Foreign Company: Google

Married: I have been engaged to Connie Peter for two years

Children: Tenzin, 19; Keanu, 17

Clubs: Virgin Active

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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