Meet The Team

A GROWING TEAM WITH EVOLVING EXPERTISE

Colenbrander comprises over 160 staff members, each with unique strengths and diverse backgrounds. This driven team of individuals lie at the heart of the Colenbrander difference, consistently striving to make our clients – and each other – the best at what they do.

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THE COLENBRANDER TEAM

Collectively, the Colenbrander team endeavours to create an environment in which innovation, industry-leading productivity, and personalised service underpin our ability to add real value to our clients’ needs.

Our directors, who have practiced in commerce and public practice, provide in-depth, reliable and unambiguous advice to our clients. Our senior managers assist the directors and provide training to our young recruits.

We provide on-the-job training for young accountants to build future capacities. 

Our bookkeepers have many years of experience and the relevant qualifications to assist our diverse client base on a monthly, bi-monthly, and annual basis.

Our tax consultants, some who have gained valuable knowledge while working for the South African Revenue Service, are kept busy assisting clients with their individual and corporate income tax returns, as well as various other tax matters.

Our secretarial staff assist the directors to meet their commitments, as well as attend to the statutory documents of companies, close corporations, trusts and other governing bodies, to ensure they comply with the relevant Acts within South Africa.

Behind the scenes are the administrative and support staff, who ensure our office runs smoothly.

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 in 2000.

Steve’s hobbies are squash and mountain biking.

Steve is married to Jenny and they have four 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. His leadership skills, passion, and diverse experience are valuable assets to the company.

Gary is married to Kelli and they have four 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. 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 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, travelling, scuba diving, and socialising on the hockey field.

Heather Gouweloos

Heather 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.

Heather joined the Colenbrander team in 2014 and became a director in 2016.

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

Heather is married to Michael and they have two children. 

Her hobbies include exercise, gardening, scuba diving, and sewing.

Heather Gouweloos

Heather 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.

Heather joined the Colenbrander team in 2014 and became a director in 2016.

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

Heather is married to Michael and they have two children. 

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. 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.

Matthew was appointed as a director at Colenbrander in 2016.

Now, as a director at Colenbrander, Matthew looks after a portfolio of clients who are involved in audits. 

Matthew is married to Tamara and they have three children. 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.

Richard was appointed as a director of Colenbrander in 2016.

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

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

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.

Richard was appointed as a director of Colenbrander in 2016.

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

Richard is married to Sandy and they have five 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, most of which were spent as a Senior Manager for the Pioneer Foods Group. He returned to the profession in 2014 when he joined Colenbrander.

Ernest was appointed a director at Colenbrander in 2017.

Ernest manages a portfolio of 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 children and loves spending time with them. He is passionate about sport and music.

Rentia Vermaak

Rentia was born in Bloemfontein on 24 December 1980 and matriculated from the Barkly East High School in 1998. She joined a firm in the Eastern Cape called Theron du Plessis as a trainee accountant in 1999 and obtained her BCompt degree from UNISA in 2004, and her BCompt Honours in 2005 from UNISA. 

Rentia qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. She worked in the steel industry as a financial accountant, and financial director later on until 2018.

She joined Colenbrander in 2018 and was appointed as a director in 2021.

Rentia is married to Jacques and they have two children. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and reading.

Rentia Vermaak

Rentia was born in Bloemfontein on 24 December 1980 and matriculated from the Barkly East High School in 1998. She joined a firm in the Eastern Cape called Theron du Plessis as a trainee accountant in 1999 and obtained her BCompt degree from UNISA in 2004, and her BCompt Honours in 2005 from UNISA. 

Rentia qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. She worked in the steel industry as a financial accountant, and financial director later on until 2018.

She joined Colenbrander in 2018 and was appointed as a director in 2021.

Rentia is married to Jacques and they have two children. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and reading.

Claire van Huyssteen

Claire was born in Pietermaritzburg on 27 July 1979. She attended Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School and matriculated in 1997, and obtained her Bcom degree in 2000, and BCom Honours in 2001, from UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

Claire fulfilled her traineeship at Ernst & Young in Durban and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in December 2005. She was also seconded in 2006 and 2007 to the Ernst & Young UK offices.

She joined Colenbrander in January 2019, for the second time, having previously been part of the Colenbrander team from 2009 to 2011 also as a director. She has worked predominantly in the auditing and accounting space, but has also worked in commerce and Industry and Education for a few years.

Claire is passionate about auditing and manages a very diversified portfolio of clients. She strives to add value and build relationships continuously. 

Claire has two young daughters. She cherishes her family time, and in her spare time, enjoys travelling, cycling, hiking and a good cup of coffee with friends.

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