MD & Co-Founder
Martin is the Managing Director for Jessen and co-founder of the business, as well as Managing Director and founder of CCJ Elevators Pty ltd.
Martin has a Diploma in International Marketing from the Export Academy, Aarhus, Denmark and MAP, Management Advancement Program from WITS, Witwatersrand Business School, Johannesburg as well as a MBA from (GIBS) Gordons Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.
Martin moved to South Africa from Denmark in 1995 and worked for several years for the Danish based engineering components conglomerate Danfoss. Martin was a Director for the Automobile Association for 7 years during which time many new businesses were started and several existing core businesses further developed under his leadership.
Martin has a proven track record of leading and managing complex businesses, and Jessen Pty ltd. has for the last 11 years experienced significant yearly growth coupled with a large growing client base of satisfied clients. CCJ Elevators Pty ltd. has also grown substantially the last two and half years, leveraging a large compliment of technical skills all in house within the companies. We look forward to continue to being of service.
Director & Shareholder
Ronel joined Jessen in March 2007 and became a Director and Shareholder of Jessen soon thereafter and is responsible for the operations and technical issues within the firm.
Ronel is a representative on various technical committees for the South African Bureau of Standards, consulting on universal access and universal design within the built environment.
Ronel also represented South Africa on one of the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) Committees’ Joint Technical Advisory Group’s for the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71, Guidelines for standards developers addressing universal access and universal design in the built environment which were published.
Ronel is ceiling hoist and rail system expert; an advocate and scholar of international best practice and benchmarking in safe patient handling (SPH) – including the "no lift" policy. The no lift policy governs care-givers from lifting and transferring care-receivers in ways that may not threaten their dignity, potentially cause harm – such as falls – and thus threaten their well-being.
Currently, Ronel is busy with her Master Degree in Philosophy in Disability Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), investigating transfer-related experiences of persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in context of care relationships. She is thus investigating how the nature and availability of transfers influence the experiences of persons with tetraplegia in activities of daily living (ADL) in context of care relationships.