Jenè Palmer CA(SA) (Chief Financial Officer)
Jené is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and a shareholder of CGF. She has garnered a wealth of experience over the last two decades in the corporate environment including leading a JSE-listed ICT company as its CEO and returning the company to profitability. Jene’s passion is rooted in assisting companies to reach their full potential and overcome the challenges posed by an economic downturn, weak strategic direction, operational inefficiencies or financial distress. She has practical experience in implementing business rescue and attributes her success in this area to her keen appreciation for strategy, as well as open and honest communication with all stakeholders involved in the process.
Jené's areas of expertise are leadership, strategy development, financial management, business optimisation, board evaluations and associated corporate governance matters. She has leveraged her expertise by advising boards on turnarounds, corporate governance, risk management, strategy and performance management. Her broad range of skills and experience have ideally positioned her to perform board evaluations and provide practical recommendations for overall governance improvement. Furthermore, Jené has been instrumental in drafting corporate governance questionnaires and various governance instruments as well as conducting governance workshops for both the private and public sector. She has also published articles pertaining to the CGF Corporate Governance Framework®. Amongst Jenés’ many noteworthy business accolades, she was also selected as Finalist in the BWASA Business Woman of the Year 2008 and Finalist in CSSA IT Personality of the Year 2010.
Jené is a director within CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd.
Dawn Pretorius (Lead Consultant: GRC Business Training & Development)
Dawn is a Lead Consultant within CGF and her experience and skills center mainly around four areas, namely: Governance, Risk Management and Compliance; Estate and Wealth Planning; Strategic Planning and Project Management; Business Development and Communications. Dawn applies her vast experience to assist companies set up and manage their compliance infrastructure, including a risk management methodology which are vital components for building a culture of corporate governance. She is highly proficient in designing, developing and facilitating course content on these subjects, incorporating various acts such as the Companies Act, FAIS and FICA which are natural progression of this role.
Dawn has a strong fiduciary background covering inter alia the management of intervivos and will trusts, assets on behalf of clients, estate planning, liquidation of estates and wealth management. Furthermore, her experience in Organisational Development has been instrumental in strategy design and implementation, where she has managed many large projects covering the integration of business units, value activity analyses, governance among wealth product providers, fee structures, incentive policies, private banking and global banking.
Dawn has a M.Com, B.Tech Banking, FIB (SA), MAP (Wits Business School) amongst other academic credentials in her illustrious banking career. She is a professional member of the Compliance Institute of South Africa, and her services are accredited with the Financial Services Board; she has delivered a number of papers at conferences and workshops.
Petra Booysen (Financial Administrator)
Petra Booysen is our financial manager and administrator where she fulfills the role of managing CGF’s accounts, including back office support and administration. Prior to joining CGF in March 2004, Petra was a Financial Officer at Nedbank, covering the financial accounts for the bank’s Technology & Operations division. Over the periods 1994 - 2002, Petra fulfilled the functions of Assistant Accountant and then Accountant for Gaertner, an export/import company in Cape Town. Petra holds a BComm in accountancy obtained from the University of Pretoria and a BCompt(Hons) from UNISA. She is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German.
HANNES JANSE VAN RENSBURG (LEAD CONSULTANT: HUMAN CAPITAL SPECIALIST)
Hannes is a Lead Consultant with CGF. Over the last four decades he has acquired a wealth of knowledge, including skills and practical experience in the field of Human Resources at both a macro and micro level, including Education Training and Development of adult learners. In the earlier part of his career, he applied his skillset in major mining houses at various levels of seniority. He has also gained valuable knowledge and experience in the field of Business and Human Resource Strategy development and implementation, including Organisational Development, SHEQ and labour law.
Over the last twelve years Hannes established himself as an entrepreneur and formed a successful joint venture with a leading national human resource consulting company, developing a sustainable consulting business which serviced mostly the North West Province. Due to his passion for the development of adult learners, he established further alliances with a well-known Higher Education College and Training Centre which provided opportunities for students to acquire accredited qualifications in accounting, business administration as well as a wide spectrum of Information Technology training courses. Moreover, Hannes is a sought-after consultant to many blue chip companies, where he provides coaching and mentoring services to up-and-coming young executives, which encompasses leadership training.
In addition to holding MEd, (Adult Education) and MBA degrees, Hannes is also a registered Master HR Professional with SABPP (South African Board for People Practices). In addition he hold various certificates in coaching, labour law, labour relations, Health & Safety and is a certified NLP Practitioner.
JUNADI JOOSTE (LEAD CONSULTANT: COMPANY SECRETARIAT)
As a Lead Independent Consultant with CGF, Junadi has acquired a wealth of business experience over the last 15 years in various industry sectors including Public Entities, the Financial Sector as well as Media Broadcasting. Junadi specialises in a broad range of Company Secretarial functions.
Prior to joining CGF, Junadi filled Company Secretarial positions in companies such as Blue IQ (now known as the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA)), Mutual & Federal and eMedia Holdings. Junadi will be offering our clients assistance with CIPC (Company and Intellectual Property Commission) services, board meeting administration, dictaphone typing, minute taking, policy writing as well as comprehensive company secretarial services.
Junadi has been instrumental in designing and updating all forms of board policies and charters, furthermore interacting with senior executives of the organisation to ensure that these governance instruments are aligned to the business strategy and operations. Junadi is well versed in the compliance and implementation of King IV™ which has become a critical business imperative for all organisations. She also has a wealth of experience advising, furthermore providing input and drafting various sections of the Integrated Report. Junadi is also a very keen researcher and she applies these skills to ensure that all policies and external organisational reports subscribe to the highest standards of governance as they pertain to each industry sector.
Junadi also fulfils an integral role in CGF’s Healthy & Effective Boards offering, aimed at assessing board members’ performance from a competency, ethics and physical well-being point of view. In the face of increasing stakeholder demands and expectations, turbulent economic conditions and multiplying business complexities, boards are being pressured to ensure that they comprise independent, competent, astute, diligent and ethically proficient individuals who will be held accountable for their actions and decisions. Against this backdrop, succession planning becomes imperative.
GLEN TALBOT (CA) SA (LEAD CONSULTANT: GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS & COMBINED ASSURANCE)
Glen qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa in 1990 and has extensive experience in internal audit, accounting, governance and oversight processes. He previously served as an internal audit contractor in the Risk and Advisory team of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc. Whilst based at Deloitte, he performed reviews for clients in the financial services, media and motor industries.
After starting his career at BDO Spencer Steward as an articled clerk, Glen fulfilled the role of assistant accountant at Federated Timbers. He then went on to specialize in internal audit at Standard Bank and later assumed the position of head of audit at Sasfin Bank. Glen’s experience in internal controls and management was further enhanced when he occupied the role of senior internal audit manager at the Road Accident Fund.
Glen has acquired a wealth of internal audit experience over the last 24 years in various industry sectors and he has a keen interest in performing governance assessments with reference to the Corporate Governance Framework®, more especially in the areas of internal audit and combined assurance.
Glen has also completed studies in Money Laundering Control. He is a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as well as a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIASA).
TRAVERS CAPE (CA(SA), MBA) (LEAD CONSULTANT: GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS & INTEGRATED REPORTING)
Travers qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa in 2008 and has extensive experience in managing diverse accounting, business development and financial management systems at multi-national and listed organisations.
Being adept at analysing facts, figures and similar detail, Travers supports our clients in the application and verification of their combined assurance processes, including the associated functions that are linked in their annual Integrated Reports. The Integrated Report is a fundamental governance instrument used for keeping an organisation’s stakeholders properly informed of its many enterprise activities, including the organisation’s commitment to the protection of the environment, good corporate citizenship and value creation. The Integrated Report is one of only a few organisational documents which is required to be made publicly available to stakeholders at large. As such, it is widely used by stakeholders to assess the performance and future sustainability of an organisation. It is therefore imperative that this report be transparent and accurate in its disclosure of information.
Travers completed his MBA at the University of Strathclyde in 2017, with a focus on business strategy. He is a registered member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
STEPHEN SIMMONDS (LEAD CONSULTANT: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS)
After emigrating to South Africa in 1975 from the United Kingdom, Stephen (‘Steve’) was employed in the engineering and quality assurance profession for 18 years. In 1993, Steve began working as a Management Consultant where he assisted numerous businesses in the implementation of ISO Management Systems in the Quality Management, Environmental, Health and Safety, Food Safety and Automotive disciplines. Steve then joined Metrix Software Solutions in 2008 where he was responsible for overseeing and implementing client GRC software projects, including management system design and development. In this role, he served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) guiding the project team to ensure the software content was accurate and fit for purpose.
Steve is also highly knowledgeable in the disciplines of business continuity, risk, governance and ethics which forms part of the digital Corporate Governance Framework®, and used to assess an organisation’s real-time GRC status. To pursue this highly specialised business discipline, he left Metrix in July 2017 and returned to the consulting profession as an Integrated Management Systems specialist, prior to being appointed as a Lead Consultant at CGF in October 2019.
Steve is a Certified Business Continuity Practitioner through the BCI UK, Management Systems Lead Auditor, Qualified Learning Assessor, Coach, Guide, Moderator, Assessment Designer and Developer, a former National President and Director of the South African Society for Quality and former Director of the South African Quality Institute. Professionally he is a member of the Institute of Consultants SA.