ADV. ANNAMARIE VAN DER MERWE
Advocate Annamarie van der Merwe (B.Iuris, LLB, LLM) has been a corporate lawyer and company secretary of companies in the listed environment for more than 30 years. She is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance for South Africa and was actively involved in the writing of King III, focusing specifically on the chapter dealing with boards and directors.
Annamarie is also a well-known presenter of workshops for directors and company secretaries on issues such as board effectiveness, statutory duties and liabilities and effective meetings. Annamarie was extensively involved in the review of King III and the preparation of the King IV™ report as part of a dedicated task team mandated by the King Committee for this purpose. She is executive Chair of FluidRock Governance Group and a non-executive director of a number of companies, including Pick n Pay Stores Limited and the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy NPC.
Marianne Fourie is a professional company law consultant and Attorney of the High Court. Her academic qualifications include B.Comm (Law); LLB. Her core skills include company secretarial work, governance, compliance and she enjoys training people. Being involved in compliance she had to deal with the myriad of laws that regulate businesses and this understanding she uses to assist boards and members.
Crisna Erasmus is a governance professional who advises governing bodies on governance best practice and compliance. Prior to being affiliated with FluidRock, Crisna has worked in the company secretarial industry for a number of firms since 2005. During these years she gained extensive experience with organisations of all sizes in a vast array of industries. As such, she understands how the implementation of good corporate governance practices could and does benefit any organisation.
Chartered Secretary and a Certified Director. She holds active membership with the Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa, the Institute of Directors Southern Africa and The Ethics Institute. Sihle is Governance Consultant at FluidRock and has more than 10 years of experience in the company secretariat environment mainly in the public sector and was managing a team of administrators during her tenure at a National Department.
Ronelle Kleyn is a businesswoman and governance professional who understands the importance of organisations reaching their strategic objectives. Her academic qualifications include B.Proc, LLB, B.BA (Business Administration and Mandarin), ACIS. She has been involved with companies at board level as director and advisor as of 2012.
Shirley Braham (FCIS) has in excess of 30 years’ experience in our industry and has worked at several audit practices (Centner Levine; Price Waterhouse, Deloitte & Touche) as a secretarial consultant and was appointed a manager of Deloitte & Touche’s company secretarial department in the mid 1990’s.
ANDREA VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
Andrea van der Westhuizen (B.Com, Post graduate diploma Corporate Law) heads the statutory division of FluidRock. She is passionate about the technical aspects of statutory compliance and has an in-depth understanding of statutory and administrative processes and how best to achieve the desired results in the most time efficient manner whilst maintaining high standards of service delivery.
Harry Pretorius is an attorney and notary public, internationally certified compliance professional and ethics officer with a proven track record of leveraging legal, compliance and ethical risk management expertise to deliver mission critical results for various multinational organisations and is constantly alert to opportunities to rectify and improve risk management, business systems and compliance procedures.
Harry is experienced as the Head of Compliance, FSCA registered Compliance Officer, Company Secretary, Group Money Laundering Control Officer, Audit Lead, Ethics Officer, Legal Counsel, and serving on EXCO, MANCO, STRATCO and various board committees with more than 20 years experience. He has experience in several industries and specialities including financial services, insurance, healthcare, legal, compliance, internal audit, accounting, technology. Harry exercises strong commercial judgement that aligns seamlessly with industry-relevant legislation, regulation, risk and ethics. He is keen to share his knowledge on risk and compliance and is a facilitator on our various Risk and Compliance courses.
Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience in commercial law. She was a commercial litigation lawyer in the Toronto office of global law firm Fasken Martineau from 1991 to 1998 and held various South African and global roles for Royal Dutch Shell from 1999 to 2021. Her roles with Shell included: Associate General Counsel responsible for Shell’s Downstream businesses in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Saudia Arabia, Spain, Italy, Turkey and South Africa; lead counsel for Shell’s global Retail business and Head of Legal for South Africa. Her responsibilities included advising the business on matters of ethics and compliance.
Stephanie is passionate about animals and the power of individuals to contribute to a better world. She has been involved with nonprofits since 2011 and is a co-founder of Kusudi La Adventures launched in 2021. Kusudi La is a for impact (non-profit) company which uses adventure to raise funds for charitable goals, primarily in animal welfare. Stephanie has climbed Kilimanjaro four times and her ambition is to build a sustainable adventure fundraising model that can provide sustainable and impactful funding for animals and communities.
Stephanie moved to South Africa from Canada in 1999 with her South African husband, Advocate Paul Farlam. She has four rescue dogs: Jess, Juno, Ollie and Maggie. When Stephanie is not on purposeful adventures or walking her dogs, she consults in the area of corporate governance with a particular focus on business ethics. Education Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario 1986), a Certificat en francais langue seconde from Universite Laval (Quebec, Quebec 1986), an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario 1989) and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (New York, New York 1997).
Ine-lize Terblanche is the founding director of inFidi, a consultancy that provides specialised, yet cost effective support towards tax governance, tax risk management and greater tax transparency. She is particularly interested in the interplay between governments, the public and corporates in sustained value creation and domestic resource mobilisation and the ability of an organisation to build a relationship based on trust and transparency with internal and external tax stakeholders. For the past 17 years she has been involved in tax risk advisory across various industries. She spent 9 years at PwC where she lead the tax function effectiveness team and 5 years at Vodacom where she was responsible for the Group’s tax governance and stakeholder engagement across Africa.
Since 2018 she has worked as an independent contractor to assist large organisations establish a future ready tax function in the current global tax landscape. Ine-lize has both authored various articles and participated in panel discussions on the topic of tax governance and tax transparency. She is and non-executive director of OTB Advisory where she focusses of strategy, governance and integrated reporting. Ine-Lize is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and holds a Master’s degree in Tax and Commercial Law. She holds certificates in Senior Leadership Development and Mentoring from WITS Business School, a PROCI Certification in Change Management and has completed various trainings in corporate governance, integrated reporting and sustainability. She is also a member of the Institute of Risk Managers of South Africa.
Carolynn is an internationally recognized name in governance and a renowned facilitator on several aspects of governance. She has been involved since inception in the drafting of ISO 37000 and is one of the few people who can provide the history behind, and the intentions of, every aspect of ISO 37000. Carolynn also chairs the South African Bureau of Standards’ technical committee responsible for this standard.