André Theys is the Executive Manager: Operations for the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s most iconic and visited destinations. André joined the V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd in June 2017 and is responsible for all operations including technical infrastructure, utilities, physical plant, hard and soft facilities management, by way of example, cleaning and hygiene, security and safeguarding, waste management, landscaping, parking and so forth. With more than 24 years of work experience, spanning engineering and building maintenance, services design, new build infrastructure and contracting developed in industrial contracting, institutional facilities management and corporate real estate he has a keen sense of multi-stakeholder environments.
Prior to the V&A Waterfront, André spent 16 years with the University of Cape Town and was the Executive Director of Properties and Services, responsible for the 600 000 square meter UCT property portfolio. He joined UCT in 2001 as a Project Engineer, then promoted to the position of Head: Engineering Services before being appointed as the Executive Director.
Prior to UCT, he was employed at Eskom’s Peaking Generation division and before that at Luwa (South Africa), formerly a Swiss industrial engineering group, now ACTOM HVAC. André holds professional memberships with the Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa (ICMEESA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) and the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC).
André is a Certificated Engineer, is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa and holds a National Higher Diploma and Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from UCT.