Guiding Visionaries - Our Board

Learn about the esteemed individuals who provide strategic leadership and governance oversight, shaping NHN's mission and objectives towards advancing healthcare delivery



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.


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, 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.


Bibi Goss-Ross

Bibi Goss-Ross obtained her BA degree from the Nelson Mandela University in 1988. Further qualifications include a Diploma in Business Management (1993) as well as a Diploma in Risk Management in Healthcare (2007). Bibi started her career in healthcare with Maddocs group at Akasia Hospital in 1994 and formed part of the commissioning team to Bahrain in 2002. She joined Community Hospital group for 10 years and Netcare in 2008 as Funder Risk Manager. Thereafter joined MedCeptional as Operational Manager (Subsidiary of SpesNet’s specialising in day hospitals) focussing on operational facilities specifically day hospitals and DOH engagement. Currently, Bibi is the Chief Operational Officer at Advanced Health group of day hospitals, a listed company on the Altx division of the JSE managing and owning 11 day hospitals in and around South Africa. Bibi is passionate about the healthcare industry and the challenges and competition we face in the day hospital industry. As representative for the day hospital sub-group within NHN and a director of the DHASA (Day Hospital Association of South Africa), she is working together with her colleagues to promote appropriate same-day surgery for day hospitals.


Bilal Khan

Bilal Khan C.A (S.A) is a resident of Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Graduated from the University of Natal – Pietermaritzburg with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree (B.Com) and thereafter graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Accounting) Degree (B.Com (Hons)) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Completed his SAICA Articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers – Pietermaritzburg and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After 10 years of auditing, he then decided to venture out into the unknown commerce world. At the age of 36, Bilal is now the Group CFO of the Mid-Medic Holdings Group of Companies which includes amongst others, Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital (Acute) (283 beds), Royal Rehabilitation Hospital (Sub Acute and Rehab) (104 beds) and Midlands Medical Centre Pharmacy. He was appointed as a Director of NHN in March 2019. Bilal is also a part time (well actually more social than anything else) road cyclist and runner.


Yaseen Harneker

Yaseen commenced his career in healthcare administration and management while still a student almost 25 years ago. He started as a telephonist on Saturday mornings and steadily worked his way through many posts including receptionist, reception and allied services manager, case manager and medical coder, before making his way into hospital management. In addition to managing established health facilities (including oncology treatment centres), he has also commissioned and managed green fields projects through construction, commissioning and post-commissioning. He currently works as a Funder Relations Manager for Busamed Hospital Holdings.


Johan Nel

Johan qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2009. Currently he is the Chief Financial Officer of the Cure Day Hospitals Group. Johan was the Financial Manager at Intercare until May 2016 and joined the Cure Group in June of 2016. Prior to Intercare, Johan held a manager position at KPMG. He gained international experience at KPMG as a Manager with an 18-month secondment to KPMG Singapore. He worked with major companies in Singapore’s healthcare industry, Raffles Medical Group (listed on Singapore Stock Exchange, Ministry of Health (Singapore’s Public Sector Health). In South Africa his major clients were G4S and the Efficient Group.


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.