Executive Team

Arthur Gillis
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Gillis serves as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company.  He has 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 30 years with Protea Hotels, including 26 of these years as Chief Executive Officer of Protea Hotels.  He received a National Diploma in Hotel Management from Johannesburg University and completed Cornell University’s first Advanced Management Programme.  The Protea Hotels Group grew from its four initial hotels to over 120 hotels, operating in seven African countries and Protea became the largest and leading hotel operating company in Africa.  On April 1, 2014, Mr Gillis facilitated the sale of Protea Hotels’ three brands and management company to Marriott International, Inc., a global hospitality giant, in order to fulfil the company’s unrealised potential in Africa.

Gregory Tonkin
General Manager

Greg is responsible for the senior financial aspects and general management of the company, and represents the company as a Director and/or Trustee on many of the Hotel investment companies.

Greg commenced at Plan One in 1993 after spending a period overseas. During his 21 years at Plan One, the company undertook the conceptualisation, development, procurement and the opening of many Hotels within South Africa, Africa and in other countries. Greg handled the financial responsibilities and many other functions during his time with Plan One before he transferred to Platinum Hospitality Holdings.

Kate Henshilwood
Finance Analyst

Kate is responsible for the hotel analytics, hotel valuations and for the company’s special projects.

Kate graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1998 with a Business Science Finance degree, after which she worked in finance in various industries before joining Protea Hotels as a Hotel Financial Manager in 2008. Kate was promoted in 2011 to Regional Financial Manager overseeing the financial function of a number of hotels belonging to Hospitality Property Fund. In 2014, she transferred to Platinum Hospitality Holdings.

Selwyn Paulse
Financial Analyst

Selwyn joined the Platinum Hospitality Holdings team during October 2020 as Financial Analyst.

Selwyn has 37 years’ experience within the hospitality industry.  He joined Protea Hotels in 1983 and has held various positions at several hotels and at head office level including Financial Manager, General Manager and Business Optimisation Manager.

After Marriott International, Inc. purchased Protea Hotels’ three brands and management company in April 2014, Selwyn was appointed as Regional Manager responsible for Internal Controls at Protea Hotels and Marriott Hotels in the Sub Saharan Africa region.   Some of the functions of this role included were to oversee Marriott’s policies and procedures, conduct fraud investigations and compliance audits at the hotels.

Henriette Louw
Financial Assistant

In February 2015 Henriette joined the Platinum Hospitality Holdings team as Financial Assistant handling the company’s debtors, creditors, cashbooks and monthly financials.

Henriette has gained over 15 years hotel accounting experience across the various Protea Hotels.  She started her career at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction in November 2000 as Creditors Clerk. In March 2005 she accepted the position of Accountant for the Protea Hotel Cape Castle.  And from November 2009 to January 2015, she fulfilled the position of Accountant for African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa.

Eric Mwanza
General Assistant

Eric joined Platinum Hospitality Holdings company in July 2014.  His career experience is in the print origination trade. He also has many years of client liaison and general administration experience. Eric’s supporting role includes numerous responsibilities to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the office as well as handling the general administration for the company.

Yvonne Kiewiet
Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Yvonne is the Executive Personal Assistant to Arthur Gillis and fulfils a secretarial role for the company.

Yvonne started her career with Protea Hotels in the year 2000 in the guest relations department measuring and responding to hotel guest service feedback. She grew with the company and was appointed as the Group Guest Relations Manager, managing the guest service call centre and enhancing the guest comment system.  In 2008 Yvonne changed roles and was appointed as the Personal Assistant to Protea Hotels’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Arthur Gillis.

When Protea Hotels’ three brands and management company was sold to Marriott International Inc. in April 2014, Yvonne transferred to Platinum Hospitality Holdings.