CEFA Executive Committee Members

Adriaan Vorster
Joe Raad
Ryan Cox

Bernard Ashlin

Bernard Ashlin is the Chairman of Cape Engineers and Founders Association. He presently consults on the Technical aspects at Companies and continues to serve the Industry via the CEFA. He entered the Metal Industry in 1962 and has an NTC3 and Technical Matric (Fitting & Turning) and a National Technical Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (NTD) with a BSc (Mech. Eng.) Degree. In 1980 he was offered shares in the Management buyout of the Defence Division namely Cape Manufacturing Engineers and served as a Technical Director and finally M.D. in 1994 when CME was forced to restructure with the declining Defence Industry. Bernard served as a Director on all the CME Boards as the Company diversified into the Automotive and Foundry Sectors of the Metal Industry. He retired as Group M.D. of the CME Holding Company in 2009. He served as Chairman of CME Precision until voluntary liquidation in 2015 and is a retired Colonel of the South Africa Army.
Bernard continues to represents CEFA on the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) both regionally and at national level and remains an active member of the CEFA Negotiating Team.

Adriaan Vorster

Adriaan Vorster is the Compliance Manager, at John Thompson a division of Actom (Pty) Ltd, 
Adriaan has been in the Metal & Engineering Industry in an HR capacity since 1989. Before that as legal advisor for the Building Industrial Council. 
He holds a law degree from Unisa and post-graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Business Administration from Stellenbosch University.
Apart from general HR responsibility with emphasis on building employment relationships in an actively unionised environment he has been responsible for Skills Development and BBBEE administration since 2003.

Joe Raad

Joe is the Human Resources Managing Director of CFW Industries Group.  These companies have been in business for over 50 years manufacturing quality products and offering industry air technology solutions of the highest standard.
Joe is a long serving member on both the CEFA Executive Committee and on the MEIBC Regional Bargaining Council Committee.

Ryan Cox

Ryan did his MSc (Mech Eng) at UCT. He started working at AMC Cookware, with product development, then moving onto production management and is currently Manufacturing Director. 

AMC cookware manufactures high-quality stainless-steel cookware. Our factory has specialist skills in deep draw and polishing.

Jeanine Pomario

Jeanine Pomario is the proud owner of WH Circuit Pty Ltd. She was born in the beautiful city of Cape Town and studied Marketing Management at CPUT and has completed various courses such as Social Media Management. She is blessed with a supportive husband and two beautiful boys. Jeanine is a born entrepreneur, with a passion for people and marketing.
About WH Circuit Pty Ltd:
WH Circuit has been in the industry of manufacturing printed circuit boards since 1990. A leader in our industry and a supplier to many South African’s leading electronic companies. Known for high quality PC Boards, fast and reliable delivery schedules, and competitive pricing products including single sided, double sided, metal clad, multilayer and certain Flexi PC Boards.

Melanie Mulholland

Melanie has been in the Manufacturing and Engineering industry for 10 years. She is an extremely motivated and dedicated professional with more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources specifically focused on Learning and Development, Training and Development and Skills Development. 
Melanie is a member of the MEIBC regional and national Committees and represents CEFA at Merseta’s Regional and Metal Chamber Committees.
Melanie holds a BA Degree in Human and Social Sciences as well as a higher certificate for Leadership & Development Programme from GIBS Business School and numerous professional training certificates and post graduate courses. Melanie was awarded an Extraordinary Professorship – for Social Sciences (VET) in 2017. 
Melanie joined CEFA in April 2019 as the CEO.