Steve Colenbrander

Steve was born in Nongoma on 8 June 1960, and schooled in Pietermaritzburg at Merchiston and then Maritzburg College, where he matriculated in 1978. His parents were cattle and sugarcane farmers in Magudu, Northern KZN.

After 2 years compulsory National Service, Steve attended UKZN in Pietermaritzburg and qualified with a BCom degree, majoring in Agricultural Economics in 1983.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990, having completed his articles with Deloitte & Touche. He worked in commerce in the saw-milling and meat processing industry, before returning to the profession in 1996.

Steve founded Colenbrander Inc in 2000.

Steve’s hobbies are squash and mountain biking, and the rest of his spare time is spent running around his children!

Gary Banfield

Gary was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 3 August 1970 and matriculated from Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg.

He obtained his BCom degree in Accounting from UKZN, Pietermaritzburg in 1992, and signed articles with G C Ford & Co in 1993, during which time he studied towards his CTA.

After completion of his articles, Gary worked as an executive financial director in the timber industry for about 10 years, during which time he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002. Gary returned to the accounting profession in 2009 as a director at Colenbrander Inc. His leadership skills, passion and diverse experience are valuable assets to the company.

Gary is married to Kelli and they have four children.

Genevieve Chubb

Genevieve was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 21 June 1979 and matriculated from The Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg in 1996. She obtained her BCom degree from Rhodes University in 2001, and her BCom Honours in 2003 from UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

Genevieve was a trainee accountant with Mitchells Accountants in Pietermaritzburg and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2005. She has worked for a clothing and footwear manufacturer, a timber co-op and has lectured at UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

She joined Colenbrander Inc in 2009 and was appointed as a director in April 2010. In 2011, Genevieve completed the postgraduate B-BBEE Management Development Programme. This enables RockSolid Consulting (a company under common directorship) to provide B-BBEE consulting services.

Genevieve is married to Larry and they have two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, scuba diving and socialising on the hockey field.

Heather Gouweloos

Heather joined the Colenbrander team in March 2014. She was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1988 and attended The Wykeham Collegiate, where she matriculated in 2005.

After obtaining her BCom Accounting degree and Honours Cum Laude from UKZN in 2010, Heather completed her training contract at KPMG. She came eighth in the country for Part One of the SAICA Board Exams and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014. She has subsequently registered with the IRBA.

As a director at Colenbrander Inc, Heather’s area of expertise is technical accounting and taxation. Her key responsibilities within the firm include internal quality control, attending to technical accounting and taxation issues and managing the training of staff.

Heather is married to Michael, and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Her hobbies include exercise, gardening, scuba diving and sewing.

Matthew Black

Matthew was born on 20 October 1978 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was schooled in Pietermaritzburg, where he matriculated in 1996. He obtained his B.Compt degree through Unisa in 2003, while doing his articles through Colenbrander Inc. He obtained his Honours degree from UKZN in 2005, and qualified as a CA(SA) in 2009.

After completing his articles through Colenbrander, and achieving his CA(SA), Matthew continued working with the Colenbrander team as an audit manager, specialising in Attorney and Estate Agents audits.

Now as a director at Colenbrander Inc., Matthew looks after a portfolio of clients who are involved in audits, with his key responsibility being all Attorney and Estate Agent audits.

Matthew is married and has three sons. He is a keen squash player and enjoys spending time with his children, playing a variety of sports and games. He enjoys the outdoors, game viewing and bird watching.

Richard Lawrence

Richard was born on 23 March 1983 in Johannesburg. He attended Laerskool Greylingstad, Waterkloof House Preparatory School and then Hilton College, where he matriculated in 2001. He obtained his BCom in Management Accounting from Stellenbosch in 2005, and his BCom Honours in Accounting from UKZN in 2006. He completed his articles through PwC.

Richard has previously worked for BSi Steel Limited, then spent three years with Kilombero Sugar Ltd, the Tanzanian subsidiary of Illovo Sugar Ltd, before joining the Colenbrander team in 2015.

As a director at Colenbrander Inc, Richard always strives to deliver a top quality service and add value to clients’ businesses. Richard grew up on a farm and has a particular interest in the agricultural sector.

Richard is married to Sandy, and they have four busy young children. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, particularly fishing and hunting.

Ernest Pretorius

Ernest was born in Pietermaritzburg on 7 October 1965. He attended Sunridge Primary School in Port Elizabeth and then Pioneer School in Worcester, where he matriculated in 1983. He obtained his BCom degree in 1988, his Dip.Acc in 1991 and his HDip (Tax) in 1995, all from UKZN, Pietermaritzburg. Ernest served his articles at Deloitte Pietermaritzburg and passed his board exam in 1992.

Ernest spent 20 years in commerce, of which most of these were as a Senior Manager for the Pioneer Foods Group. He returned to the profession in 2014 when he joined Colenbrander Inc.

Ernest manages a portfolio a clients who operate in diverse business sectors. He strives to deliver a value-added service to all aspects of his clients’ businesses.

Ernest has two teenage children and loves spending time with them. He is passionate about sport and music.

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