Sean is a property professional with 7 years’ experience working in various sectors of the property industry, in South Africa and the UK. He lived in London for the 4 years and relocated back to Johannesburg in early 2017. Most of his professional experience has been in property market analysis where he has developed a strong understanding of property markets and an interest in what makes them tick. More specifically, cities and emerging economies interest him.
He recently started operating as an independent consultant through his company Divercity Property Solutions and aims advise investors in South Africa, Sub Saharan and Europe interested in pursuing cross-border transactions, providing nuanced market analysis and assisting wherever possible with the property needs of investors, occupiers and other organisations or individuals. He is also involved in property training in South Africa.
Sean is passionate about South Africa, Africa, poverty alleviation and education. In his own capacity and through his role on the executive committee of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in London, he actively looks to promote and facilitate business and charitable activity between the UK and South Africa. In line with his field, he is passionate about promoting the African property industry and the opportunities it holds.
Dawn Denton is a trained Physical Education teacher who arrived in the UK in January 1995. After a supply teaching stint, she led tours around Europe for Contiki Holidays before managing the customer service centre in London. Dawn trained as a London City guide and returned to the classroom to teach Travel and Tourism, customer service, History, Geography, event planning and World Development at A-Level, taking her students to South Africa to teach sport in the Soweto township.
In 2012 Dawn worked with the South African Olympic team at the London Games, went ‘back on the road’ as a tour director in UK, Ireland, Russia and the Balkans. She completed her correspondence degree in International Relations and Diplomacy through Unisa and now runs her own brands, which include Celebrate Southern Africa (an annual market in the UK, an online magazine, online radio show and podcast). She publishes, writes and promotes other writers with her Ukuphuma Books brand and teaches small businesses how to create content.
Dawn is the winner of the ‘South African abroad Micro Business Award 2018’
A former South African Trade Diplomat, with overseas assignments in Angola, Italy, and the UK, where Rob served as Trade Commissioner in London up until the end of 2010. He then served as a Special Advisor to the UKTI team in South Africa, while supporting key initiatives between the UK and SA. In this role, Rob established the first ever BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) Bilateral Partnership with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in SA, and the first ever BP ED Fund, amongst numerous others.
He is also registered with the Financial Services Board in South Africa, and is an authorised and regulated FSP. Rob advises and supports Multinationals & SME’s to gain access to key opportunities across all sectors of Southern Africa; including: Defence, Oil & Gas, Mining, Finance, Energy, and assisting companies to navigate the understanding of BEE legislation. He continues to promote bilateral initiatives to boost winning partnerships across Southern Africa.
Ntoshane has experience in management consulting, business development, stakeholder management and foreign direct investment in South Africa (SA) and United Kingdom (UK).
He obtained his self-funded MBA degree whilst working as a business development executive at Ernst & Young (EY) Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time he received recognition as an EY Africa for developing and drafting sustainable and profitable business strategies.
Given the foreign investment and ambassadorial nature of this work Ntoshane was nominated, in 2017, for a Brand South Africa business award for young South Africans who are doing phenomenal work in the UK and flying the South African. In April 2017 at the annual South African Chamber of Commerce and Brand South Africa business awards in London, he was awarded the ‘Rising Star of the Year 2017’ award winner.
Being passionate about coaching and mentoring, Ntoshane co-founded and lead a non-profit organisation focused on mentoring and collecting school uniforms and stationery for vulnerable children in Soweto. He has participated in RiseTutors ( coaching and training professionals such as Senior Solicitors, Accountants, Management Consultants, Media journalists, and IT professionals) and has been a seasonal public speaking consultant for the UK government’s National Citizens Services campaign under Speaker’s Trust. Recently, Ntoshane was selected as a mentor for one of the Queen’s Young Leaders 2017 in the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in partnership with University of Cambridge.
JACO VAN ZYL
Jaco was born and grew up in Cape Town South Africa. He was at school at Rondebosch Boys’ High and continued his education at Stellenbosch University completing a Bcomm LLB. After completing his law articles at Webber Wentzel, he started his international career at Maitland Group in 2011. Jaco has worked in Maitland’s Cape Town, Luxembourg and London offices, specialising in wealth structuring, emigration and cross-border taxation with special emphasis on the creation of bespoke international tax structures for individuals and corporates, particularly those that have a UK-South African link. Jaco is also a qualified solicitor of the courts of England and Wales.
In Jaco’s also dedicates his time to Transact SA-UK, a separate non-profit entity closely associated with the Chamber which aims to grow significant trade and major investment transactions between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Transact SA-UK hope to contribute to a rising tide of mutual prosperity between the two countries in a post-Brexit global economy. Transact SA-UK identify potential trade and investment opportunities together with Invest Africa / BCA and the Chamber to deliver targeted deal missions by facilitating bilateral meetings and creating new networks to support business and growth.
Pamela is the Director of three start-up companies: Showbizbee (TV/Film company), MyShopLondon (UK-based shopping platform for South Africans) and Braai House (mobile braai street food stall that caters for the UK market). With a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering. Pamela is also the Director of Nala Consulting which offers project management and engineering management services to the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Consulting Industries. To date she has worked on several major international engineering projects providing technical and advisory services working alongside several multinational companies such as Sasol, Johnson Matthey, Capita and Eni on major capital intensive projects globally.
She is also a best-selling author of her book ‘Just Friends- The Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Male Friendships’ was critically acclaimed for empowering the modern woman which has been featured on several international TV and raido shows including the BBC, iHeart Radio and Talk Radio Europe.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Rich has been based in the UK for almost 4 years and runs the London office for the Switch Group. Switch is a proudly independent creative agency that specializes in graphic design & branding and currently assists the Chamber with all of their event and marketing collateral.
Having studied Brand & Marketing Management through Vega School of Brand Leadership, Rich has worked in the design and advertising sector for over 14 years and comes with a wealth of experience in various creative disciplines.
Rob is a South African Chartered Accountant who has been living in UK for the past 18 years. Rob has 30 years business experience as a CFO and COO. Most recently, after spending 17 years working for Dimension Data both in Johannesburg and London, Rob moved out of big corporates and into working with SME’s and has his own consultancy specialising in helping SME’s with Financial, Commercial and Operational business challenges.