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.
ROB CLARK, Treasurer
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.
With a background in marketing and a degree in psychology, Charlotte has a keen interest in how these two practices work together in personal and business development. By empowering employees, Charlotte believes that individuals will be able to define client’s needs and, use this knowledge to grow business.
Holding a Master’s degree from Kings College London, in Security, Society and Terrorism, Charlotte consults on the risks and effects of terrorism on society and business in Sub-Saharan Africa. A diligent self-starter and continuous learner, Charlotte’s passion lies in South African art and literature, having studied both through Unisa.
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
Previously Head of Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors, Janet was responsible for the development of the Examinations and the Chartered Director Programme, including their CPD Programme. Janet organised many events with high-profile speakers and worked with different communities in her professional capacity, including a charity and a Deanery. Janet now undertakes business research, writing papers on business topics and governance and acting as a Committee and Board Secretary. Janet works alongside Sharon and with other SACC members on events.
Sean is a property professional with 7 years’ experience in South Africa and the UK. He lived in London for the 4 years and relocated back to Johannesburg in early 2017.
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.
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.
Ed is a Managing Director at GKB Ventures. He has 19 years’ experience of working in structured export finance. He started his career as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons specialising in cross border transactions and then moved to Barclays Capital where he was head of emerging markets on the Capex Financing Solutions team. Focusing on Africa he led numerous transactions advising exporters helping to secure large transformational contracts. Most notable was the NMS Infrastructure Ghana Hospital transaction which won many awards including GTR and the FT’s, Banker Magazine, “Deal of the Year”. After leaving Barclays, and before joining GKB, he advised UKEF on their Direct Lending programme. He is also chair of the Financial Services Committee for the Business Council for Africa and a judge for the UK National Export Excellence awards.
Having lived in SA, UK and the USA, Hazel’s career has taken her along an interesting and varied path. After co-hosting the breakfast show on RadioSA in London, Hazel co-founded a music management company which supported South African musicians playing in the UK. Growing up on a farm, her love for wildlife drew her to expand Rooting for Rhino from SA into the UK where much needed funds and awareness was raised for rhino conservation.
She returned to her native SA in 2016, where she is the Founder of VA Centre who offer Virtual Assistant services to those with UK business interests whilst being based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hazel is African at heart, global minded with an entrepreneurial spirit. A horse and music lover, wildlife conservationist and finds dabbling in the garden soul restoring.
Jeanette founded ZABRA – AfreeBra initiative in Sept 2015 when she discovered bras donated to charities in the UK are sent to fabric recycling. Alongside running ZABRA, she holds down a demanding career as a Business Development Manager.
She has been living in the UK since 2002 when she came on a career assignment from IBM South Africa to IBM EMEA. In 2004 she became an IBM UK employee. In her spare time, she is also a school governor with the Twyford C of E Academies Trust.
Mike Miller grew up in Durban and after graduating from the University of Natal he joined Unilever’s Marketing department in Durban. He subsequently enjoyed a successful corporate career in both South Africa and the UK with Unilever, Beecham Products International (now GSK), Revlon and Colgate Palmolive in both senior marketing and general management roles. He established Sapro International in South Africa in 1997 and then set up Sapro in the UK followed by The South African Shop retail and online stores which were later sold. His company, SAJE International Ltd, is in the process of launching a new webshop specialising in South African consumer products delivered directly from South Africa, www.sapro.co.uk.
Mike is one of the original founder members of the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK and is also a past president of the Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a family man who has been married to his wife Liz for more years than he cares to remember with four children and five grandchildren who have become the passions in his life. Mike’s motto in both business and life is “Always strive to make a difference”.
Ntoshane has experience in management consulting, business development, stakeholder management and foreign direct investment in South Africa (SA) and United Kingdom (UK).
He obtained a self-funded MBA degree whilst working as a business development executive at Ernst & Young (EY) Johannesburg, South Africa. 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.
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) and has been a seasonal public speaking consultant for the UK government’s National Citizens Services campaign under Speaker’s Trust.
Stuart Round is a veteran anti-apartheid activist who worked with the ANC inside and outside South Africa from the mid-1980’s until the early 1990’s. Working as a freelance professional photographer for the next 10 years, he was engaged by the South African High Commission in London in 2003 as a project and event manager, organising a wide range of events and conferences involving African, South African and British business, civic, governmental, political and diplomatic institutions. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of CIDA Foundation UK, a British charity supporting CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg until it closed in 2015. He now runs his own software company, specialising in event management software, website design and development, and also manages IT for the South African Chamber of Commerce. He remains keenly interested in South African affairs and is particularly passionate about human rights, education and economic development.
Antony is a consultant working across media, communications, conference production, stakeholder engagement and public relations. He has a special interest in frontier, developing and growing markets. This includes working extensively with the public, private and third sectors across Africa.
An experienced author with a large number of published articles and several books to his name, Antony’s role on the ExCo is to lead PR and Communications strategy.
Henk is an award-winning and influential marketeer with an exceptional penchant for event management and the media industry. He has extensive experience of conceptualising and meticulously implementing highly creative and memorable events and exhibitions. An active networker, with an extensive network of decision-makers and influential professionals across many verticals and industries including politicians, community leaders, artists and business-leaders. He has high community and societal involvement, well known as a vital aspect of African business culture. He has an outstanding record of accomplishment in obtaining sponsorships and fundraising. He harnesses the power of social media to promote marketing goals, events, and charitable causes.
Michel completed her LLB at Stellenbosch University in 2008 and was admitted as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public in 2011, whereafter she practised as such at a law firm in Somerset West. She subsequently joined the Maitland Group in Cape Town and moved over to the UK at the end of April 2018 to join their London office. She is employed as a private client lawyer and relationship manager specialising in cross border estate planning and tax structuring, with a particular focus on trusts and emigration solutions for SA and UK resident clients.
Michel interrupted her Maitland employment for 2 years, to manage the trust division of Nedgroup Trust. She holds postgraduate diplomas in Financial Planning (Kovsies) and Tax Law (UCT). She is also a STEP member and busy with her qualifications to become a solicitor qualified in the courts of England and Wales.
Grace has worked in financial services for 15 years and is a qualified Chartered Governance Professional. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (WCCSA) and, alongside Sharon, she is a member of the WCCSA Membership Committee and the SACC Governance Committee. She has worked with Chairs and Boards to improve and retain high standards of governance best practice within their organisations.
Prior to working in financial services, Grace qualified as a verbatim shorthand court reporter. Grace holds a MSc in Corporate Governance and a BSc (Econ) Hons in Financial Economics and enjoys singing classical choral music in one of London’s best Chamber choirs during her downtime.
A former UK trade diplomat, Elena recently served as the UK’s trade director for South and Southern Africa, during which time she was also on the Board of the British Chamber of Business in South Africa. Prior to that she was the director for financial and professional services at the Department for International Trade, in London.
Elena spent 17 years as a UK civil servant specifically in trade, financial services and taxation, which included three years as a UK national expert seconded to the South African Revenue Service in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Elena currently divides her time between London and Cape Town where she is a consultant on business and economic development projects, is on the TEDx Cape Town delivery team, and actively supports various charities including ‘Ladles of Love’ and ‘One Small Act of Kindness’ who provide much needed services to the vulnerable and homeless.