Board of Directors 2021

Otto Wypkema

Chairman: Otto Wypkema

Otto Wypkema is the Managing Director of Arwyp Medical Centre, one of the largest independently owned private hospitals in South Africa, and the first private hospital in Africa to be ISO 9001:2000 certificated and now COSASA accredited. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Hospital Network. He started his career in the healthcare industry in 1985. Otto has five daughters and a son and enjoys flying in his spare time.

Ismail Bhorat

Vice-Chairman: Ismail Bhorat

Ismail Bhorat is currently an Executive Director of Melomed Hospital Holdings. After completing his schooling career at Diocesan College (Bishops) in 2001, Ismail pursued a Business Science Degree majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cape Town which he finished with honours in 2005. Ismail then joined the Melomed Group where he has occupied various positions and remains till today. Ismail has served on the NHN Board for the past six years and is currently also the Vice-Chairman.

Francois Louw

Francois Louw

Francois Louw, CEO of Vista Clinic and the Crazy-for-Walking Initiative, has served as a director for NHN since 2016. He holds a BTh degree from Andrews University (Michigan, USA) with business- and theology majors. He is Trustee of and the chair of the SEDMED Board of Trustees, a registered closed medical insurance scheme. After his graduate studies, he was conscripted to the South African National Defence Force and served as the SO2 officer in the Directorate Chaplains’ Services. He thereafter, amongst others, accepted a position as project manager at Protocon and Metica Development Corporations, overseeing national security- and advanced property development at these companies. In 2000 he became an elected regional president for the SDA Church and later for the Southern African territories. During this period, he was assigned to the development of Hope Channel International on the African Continent, served as chair for ADRA SA, MOWCS, SEDCOM and became the Chancellor of Helderberg College. As a member of the GC Executive Committee, Washington DC, he was assigned various key leadership positions and continues to serve on a 24 country Southern African region Health Systems Board of governance since 2005. Apart from chairing institutional- and hospital boards he has served on international health audit committees in East Central Africa. He is an appointed director of APHHS (Adventist Professional Health and Humanitarian Services) and its Property Company since 2010. His hobbies and interests include nature and the outdoors, reading, music, art, vintage vehicles and family life.

Riel du Toit

Riel du Toit is the sub-acute and rehabilitation respresentative on the NHN board. He is the chair of the Nurture Group in South Africa and of the Erongo Medical Group in Namibia and I Care Africa in Swaziland. Riel is a founder member of the NHN and this is his third stint as a director. He is also a founder member of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) and previous chair. He holds degrees in psychology and political science from the NMU and an MBL from UNISA. He lives in Port Elizabeth.

Amil Devchand

Amil Devchand joined the Lenmed Group in 2011 and was appointed to the Board in 2012. He has held numerous positions in Lenmed, most notably, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. He was appointed as Deputy CEO in 2018 and CEO in 2020. He is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive industry experience, having served as the Chairman of the National Hospital Network (NHN), and as a current director of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA). He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed the General Management Program.

Deon van Wyk

Deon van Wyk

As Chief Executive Officer of Visiomed, Deon van Wyk presides over a group of companies and their respective divisions. He was previously sales and marketing director of Rolab pharmaceuticals SA, which merged with two multinational pharmaceutical companies to form Novartis the largest Pharmaceutical company world-wide at the time. Deon is passionate and dedicated to the total healthcare value chain and quality assurance in the Ophthalmological surgical field. He has gained vast experience in coordinating with all levels of hospital staff, administration and the healthcare professional. Deon is acutely aware of the challenges that private healthcare are facing in South Africa today and is a strong believer that any leader in healthcare today should have strong core attributes.
He was elected to the NHN board in 2018 and are proud to serve Ophthalmology at large as discipline that can change patients’ lives.

Glenn de Villiers

Glenn de Villiers

Glenn de Villiers is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Busamed Group after returning from Nigeria in 2019, where he headed up Euracare’s Nigeria and Ghana’s operations in advanced diagnostic and acute care. Glenn has had several hospital management positions with Afrox and joined International SOS in 2000, assuming varied senior managerial positions in the same organization, notably: Country Manager in Vietnam, General Manager in Azerbaijan, Group General Manager of Clinic Operations for Africa, South East Asia and the Russian Federation, General Director in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation, and General Manager of Medical Services for Northern Asia, China and Mongolia. In 2015, Glenn became Regional Hospital Manager for Ross Healthcare.