About Viking Fishing
Board of directors and shareholders
Nico is a qualified mechanical engineer with over five decades of experience in fishing. He began his career in 1959, with the Kaap Kunene group (at the time one of the most successful pelagic fishing operations in South Africa) and went on to develop his management skills at I&J, working initially as a factory production manager and later as group fishing manager. In 1980, Nico left I&J to establish Viking Fishing.
Nico is acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable figures in the South African fishing industry, having operated fishing vessels across a range of fisheries and countries. In 1983, he introduced the double longline system for catching hake and the gear used in this fishery remains largely unchanged today. Over the years, Nico has played an integral role in the management of southern African fisheries, serving on several industry committees and advisory panels in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique.
Rory Williams is a chartered accountant. He joined Viking Fishing in 1996 as Financial Manager and has remained with the company as it has grown and diversified over the past 18 years. Rory is involved in all aspects of the Viking Fishing Group and also plays an active role in a number of industry associations. For instance, he has served on the Executive Committee of the South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) for the past five years and is also the chairman of the Port of Cape Town Fishing Industry Association (POCTFIA), an organisation that works with the National Ports Authority to ensure the fishing industry enjoys equitable access to port facilities.
Linda was appointed Group Human Resources Director in 2003 and is broadly responsible for the development of a competent and motivated workforce at Viking Fishing. Over the years, she has become intricately involved in improving the conditions of work for seagoing employees. For example, she is an executive member of the South African Fishing Industry Employers Association; chairperson of the South African Chamber of Inshore Fishing Organisation; and an executive member of the Bargaining Council for the Fishing Industry.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Western Cape and a diploma in Human Resources Management from Damelin College. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Laws degree through the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Tim is an engineer who is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced figures in the South African fishing industry. His career in fishing began in 1985 when he joined I&J as an industrial engineer. He rose quickly through the ranks to eventually be appointed operations director, responsible for the efficient operation of the company’s fishing fleet and its sophisticated processing facilities. His departure from I&J in 2004 allowed Tim to give full reign to his entrepreneurial spirit and by the time long-term rights were allocated in 2006, he had acquired a number of fishing companies and vessels and was a partner in several fishing ventures. These have since been incorporated into the Viking Fishing Group of which Tim is now Operations Director.
Since 2011, Tim has devoted much of his time and energy to building Viking Fishing’s aquaculture interests, most notably its extensive abalone farm which is rapidly nearing completion on a remote stretch of land near Gansbaai on the Cape south coast.
Gwen is a South African politician, a former Minister of Public Works and a former Deputy Minister of Economic Development. Her involvement with the fishing industry began when she served on, and later chaired, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Gwen joined Viking Fishing as a shareholder and non-executive director in 2004.
Kagiso Chikane has experience in management, business, academia and the religious sector. She is the strategic relations manager of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute and has served as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of companies including Brait South Africa Ltd. and Lonrho Mining Ltd. She was a senior lecturer at Vista University (now the University of Johannesburg) from 1984 to 2001 and a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. She also taught at Boston University (USA) in 1995.
Kagiso completed an MTE program at IMD (Switzerland) and a Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from UNISA, a Bachelor of Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, a BA and UED from the University of the North (now the University of Limpopo). She is the chairperson of AFM International Sisters Fellowship.
Althea runs a small transportation business. She was awarded a shareholding in Viking Fishing in recognition of her late husband, Clive Wilson’s outstanding contribution to Viking Fishing.