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.
Lucien Caron (Lead Consultant: Company Secretariat & Legal)
Lucien is a Lead Consultant, where he focusses predominantly upon the company secretariat, regulatory and compliance areas. During the last 12 years, he has gained extensive experience in company secretarial and corporate governance matters in both unlisted and listed companies. This includes support to the board of directors and committees, corporate governance and board advisory functions, board effectiveness evaluations, director training and orientation. He has also gained extensive experience in the fields of regulatory compliance and affairs, legal drafting and opinions, risk management, annual reports, group insurance portfolios, cover limits and exclusions and renewal processes. Lucien has the following qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws; Advanced Diploma in Company Law and is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. After being admitted to practice in the High Court of South Africa, Lucien specialised in commercial law and commercial litigation for a number of years.
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.
Melanie Bosman CA(SA) (Lead Consultant: Audit, Accounting & Risk Management)
Melanie is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and has been a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1996. She specialises in audit, accounting and risk management. She started her career at KPMG Inc. where she was a member of the Financial Services team. She was appointed as a director of KPMG in 2000 and was the lead audit engagement partner for a number of prominent companies in the financial services industry, including Mutual & Federal Insurance Company and Munich Re of Africa.
Melanie resigned from KPMG in 2004 and set up a consulting and audit practice. She initially performed external audits to smaller companies but later focused only on consulting to companies in the financial services industry, notably short-term and life insurance companies. Her areas of expertise include audit and accounting as well as the regulatory and risk management issues faced by financial services companies. Melanie has four years of practical boardroom experience and is a board member and member of the audit committees of two companies. She previously also served as an audit committee chairperson and provides internal audit services to a small listed entity. Melanie is a Lead Consultant within CGF.
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.
DEBBIE SINCLAIR (LEAD CONSULTANT: WRITING, EDITING & RESEARCHING)
Debbie Sinclair is a Lead Consultant with CGF and has a diverse background that spans both the legal and publication sectors. As such, she is able to offer clients a broad range of services, with insights into a variety of disciplines. As an admitted attorney, the previous editor of a business-to-business pharmaceutical journal and as a freelance writer, Debbie’s drafting, editing and research skills are grounded in practical experience, with the benefit of corporate insight.
In addition to conducting in-depth research into corporate governance, risk and compliance topics and preparing reports on such matters; Debbie has extensive experience in writing thought-leadership articles, editing business and organisational reports, similarly also within organisational guidelines, policies and codes. Debbie’s experience also includes preparing material for corporate websites and social media, this all being within the context of highlighting and promoting good governance practices.
Debbie graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA.LLB degree and began her career at a blue-chip law firm in Gauteng. She was admitted as an attorney in 2004.
JULIAN DE LA HUNT (LEAD CONSULTANT: HR SPECIALIST)
Julian has many years of Human Resource (HR) experience; where he has applied his consulting skill set at the executive HR management levels with some of the largest local and international companies including, University of Pretoria, Kumba Resources, King Price Insurance, Nissan SA, Ticor, Standard Bank, Basil Read, TWP Projects, WorleyParsons Engineering, Compensation Technologies, Deutsche Bank (New York / Singapore / London) and the SABC.
After qualifying from the University of Pretoria with a Commercial Honours degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Julian specialised in Performance Management, Job Profiling and evaluation, Organisational Design and effectiveness, motivation and strategy.
After leaving the world of consulting, he then moved into the corporate environment where he worked for large blue-chip organisations in mining, construction, banking, automobile, engineering consultancies and higher education. Julian was one of the youngest HR Executives in South Africa, heading up the Human Resources department for a total staff compliment of 2300 in an Engineering EPCM business in Gauteng.
During the last 15 years, Julian has gained extensive experience in people management, organisational effectiveness, performance management, industrial relations, strategy, employee engagement and wellness, organisational dynamics and performance psychology, retention, engagement and motivation. Julian also has extensive experience in the fields of behavioural change, change management, leadership and psychometrics (particular reference to the Activity Vector Analysis behavioral assessment) of which he is currently the sole certified analyst in Africa.
Julian has a BCom (Honours), NGLP and PMD (Gordon Institute of Business Science), HPCSA accredited and COMENSA member, Certified AVA Analyst through Bizet Human Asset Management.
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.