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Management Team

Jim Kayser – Managing Director and Founder of Kayser Baird

Jim founded Kayser Baird in 1986 and is still active in the business today. His hard work and perseverance laid the foundations for the company to become one of the leading independent brokerages in South Africa.

Michael Baird – Financial Director

Michael joined the business as a co-owner in 1995. Through his initiative and unique business approach Michael has steered Kayser Baird through two decades of rapid profitable growth.

Shaun Baird – Director

Shaun joined the business in 2009 after spending 4 years in Europe working for a global financial company. Shaun has driven innovation that has enabled Kayser Baird to transition into one of the most technologically advanced brokerages in South Africa.

Izelle van Heerden – Operations Director

Izelle joined Kayser Baird in 2015 to manage the operations of the business. Izelle’ s contribution has enabled Kayser Baird to successfully scale the business as it prepares for future growth and expansion.


Jenean de Beer – Manager, Claims

Jenean joined the company in 2014 and confidently established herself as a leader within the claims department. Towards the end of 2017 she accepted the challenge and new role of Claim Manager. Jenean continues to work at upholding our culture of incredible service levels, despite the challenging claims environment.

Mary-Anne Fouche – PA to Financial Director | Building Management

Mary-Anne joined the business in 1999. Mary-Anne manages various aspects of the office and performs a vital role to the Members.


Michelle Venter – Manager, Personal Lines Underwriting

Michelle joined the business in 2007 and was appointed as the Personal lines Underwriting Manager in 2008. Michelle co-ordinates the companies largest department and the management of over 5000 personal policy holders.


Claire van der Westhuizen – Manager, Commercial Lines Underwriting

Claire joined the business in 2006 and was appointed Commercial Underwriting Manager in 2013. Claire oversees the complex and diverse world of business short term insurance and leads her team in the management of over 2000 business clients ranging from small tradesman type business to large nationals involved in manufacturing, retail and transport / distribution.