Mike was born in England, and graduated from Brighton and Loughborough Universities with an MSc in Construction and Project Management and an Honours degree in Building Science.
Mike has since gained vast worldwide experience in the property and construction industries, having worked in the UK, US and Australia in the capacities of Surveyor, Construction Engineer and Contract Manager. After a stint in South Africa as a Quantity Surveyor, Mike returned to the UK, where he was appointed Projects Manager for a large property holding company, working on multi-million Pound projects. Mike then made his way back to South Africa in 1989. He was appointed Project Director for Group 5 Properties, before founding his own company, Nixon Properties, in Johannesburg in 1991. The company was responsible for several large industrial/commercial and hotel developments during the 1990′s.
Mike moved to Cape Town and together with Chris Drummond as co-owners of New Property Ventures undertook the investment and development of properties in the Western Cape. Today as sole owner of the company, Mike is focussing on growing New Property Ventures’ commercial and retail property investments.
Mike lives in Cape Town with his wife and four children. He is a self-confessed “fitness junkie” with cycling being his main sport, followed by mountaineering and golf.
Fiona was born in the United States, but settled in South Africa at an early age. She then went on to graduate from Wits University and after completing her articles at KPMG, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Fiona met Mike while both were holidaying in Europe and they later were married in Johannesburg.
Fiona moved to Cape Town in 1998 and although she had her own auditing firm, she started handling the financial side of New Property Ventures and has been running this side of the business, on a full-time basis, ever since.
Fiona juggles the business with her full-time position of mother to four lively children. She enjoys walking the dogs, hiking, scuba diving when she has the chance.