I have close on 25 years of business experience in a diverse range of disciplines and industries. After completing articles with PWC in Paarl, I cut my teeth at Sappi starting as trainee accountant in the cost office and progressed to the Southern Africa Financial Directors Committee. This journey gave me vast experience in general management ranging from finance and admin to information technology, logistics and inventory management. Working in a blue-chip environment taught me the value of discipline and reporting as well as the dangers of hours of nonsensical forecasting and slide tweaking.
I joined Natie Kirsh in Swaziland as CFO of his investment corporation in 2002. Here, I served on several boards of multi-national companies as their local representative as well as managed operations in the motor trade, agriculture, FMCG distribution and property management. This was a time of significant growth for me as I had to act as a sounding board, give independent opinions as well as be hands-on in sorting out problems.
I am a founding member of the Nusolar Group and was MD of SDA, CFO and rotated as CEO. The group operated in the renewables sector – primarily in solar water heating. The business won significant tenders with Eskom on a national basis as well as with the City of Cape Town. I gained invaluable experience starting up a number of companies and rolling with the punches and took the company to level 1 BBBEE status as well as ISO9001 compliance.