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Sable International's citizenship team

Our team is recognized as a world leader in providing citizenship solutions to international citizens. We have a range of innovative services which assist clients who wish to obtain a second nationality in the UK and Ireland.

Our citizenship team in the UK

Philip Gamble

Founder and Senior Partner


Philip trained with the Home Office within their Citizenship Directorate until 1992. He was the founder partner of Montgomery and Co and later Managing Director of 1st Contact Visas. He founded the present firm, as the name suggests, to focus on UK immigration and British citizenship and is now widely regarded as a leading authority on British nationality law and the effects of decolonisation within the former British Empire.

Philip has represented the industry on the Home Office After-Entry Committee and Advisory Committee of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. He has assisted the Home Office in formulation of their Policy Guidance in the past and has been actively involved in matters which have resulted in changes in Home Office Policy. Philip is registered with Immigration Services Commissioner as a level 2 adviser in Immigration. He lives in Croydon, South London and has two children.

Philip Gamble’s motto: “Knowledge is the key to all.


Donna Jarvis

Personal Assistant to Philip Gamble


Donna joined the firm in 2006 and plays a valuable role in the co-ordination of appointments and workflow for Philip Gamble. Donna not only manages Philip’s schedule, but is also a lifeline to anybody who is anxious about their immigration status. Her caring attitude and friendly manner puts both clients and co-workers at ease.


Kelly Hendricks

Business Development Manager

Kelly Hendricks

Kelly joined the team as Business Development Manager in June 2013. Based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK she is responsible for lead generation, marketing and promotional activities for the firm. She is predominantly responsible for organising our British Citizenship Seminars in Commonwealth Countries and the Middle East and our relationship with the NHS in the UK.

Prior to joining Philip Gamble & Partners, she worked at our partner company, 1st Contact Visas, in South Africa for three years where she gained extensive knowledge of the UK Immigration System and British Citizenship matters.

Kelly's motto: “Success is a journey, not a destination.


Mishal Patel

British Nationality Researcher


Mishal was born in Mombasa, Kenya and relocated to the UK in 2005 after having been the subject of a successful colonial nationality claim through Philip Gamble & Partners. Mishal joined our firm in 2009 and is currently training to become a registered adviser with the OISC. He works closely with Philip Gamble and is responsible for researching the historic facts of former British Territories related to Status Traces. Mishal has a special interest in East Africa and the sub-continent. He is fluent English, Kiswahili and Gujarati.


Jonathan Povey

British Nationality Researcher


Jonathan joined Philip Gamble & Partners as a British Citizenship Researcher in 2015. Prior to joining our citizenship team, he spent two years working in the immigration department at our partner firm, 1st Contact Visas, where he gained extensive experience in immigration and citizenship cases. He obtained a degree in Economics and Management in the UK and also spent time living and working in the Czech Republic after completing his studies. Jonathan’s focus is on researching and exploring British citizenship cases that have not previously been examined.

Jonathan is a level one registered adviser with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner.


Emma Bashford

British Nationality Caseworker


Emma joined the team as an OISC registered caseworker in May 2013. Prior to this, Emma spent 10 years at the UK Border Agency in a high-profile role and built up extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of UK Immigration. Her expertise includes civilian armed forces applications and EEA Regulations.


Cathy Rossouw

British Nationality Caseworker


Cathy was raised in South Africa and spent 10 years with the British Consulate in Pretoria, where she learnt first-hand about British citizenship. After relocating to the UK with her husband and family, she joined our partner company, 1st Contact Visas and later during 2013, Cathy joined the British citizenship team at Philip Gamble & Partners. She is fluent in English and Afrikaans. Cathy is registered as a level one UK immigration adviser with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.


Kaj Patel (Mahalingam)

Trainee Citizenship Caseworker


Kaj joined the firm in June 2013, choosing to start her career as an admin assistant with the Philip Gamble & Partners Nationality team. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Germany, Kaj moved to the UK during 2004 where she completed her studies in London and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She is fluent in English, Tamil and German. Kaj has been authorised by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner to work as a trainee caseworker with a view to becoming a registered adviser in due course. She prides herself on prompt and efficient customer service.


Robyn Eldridge

Trainee Citizenship Caseworker


Robyn joined our UK office at the beginning of June 2015. She relocated from our Cape Town office, where she previously worked as a British nationality adviser for two years. She is now training under Mr. Gamble to become an OISC registered adviser. Robyn has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, but grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied International Hotel Management. This has given her experience in dealing personally and professionally with clients. Her attention to detail is second to none and her experience and strong work ethic enables her to deliver excellent customer service to our clients.


Yolanda Murray

Receptionist and Office Administrator


With over 30 years’ experience in administration and customer care, Yolanda joined Philip Gamble & Partners in January 2013 as Receptionist and Office Administrator. She is often the first point of contact for our clients and is known for her professional and friendly manner. In addition to her great work ethic and excellent communication skills, her warm and approachable nature makes her an indispensable member of the team.


Rajeshri Solanki

Office Administrator


Rajeshri came to the UK from Kenya in 1969 and has worked in administration and customer service roles throughout her career. After spending four years working for UK Visas and Immigration, she joined Philip Gamble & Partners, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. She uses her customer service and admin skills to support our immigration staff. Rajeshri is fluent in English and Gujarati.


Our citizenship team in Cape Town

John Dunn

Nationality Manager

John Dunn

John began his career in trust accounting, working for Buchanan Boyes Attorneys. He took up the mantle of Accounting Manager at Sable International in 2008. With a knack for operations and project management, John manages the group’s nationality team. He also assists with the Kickstart department and other 1st Contact partners.

Outside of work, John’s life is dedicated to his kids. He has competed in Ironman and half-Ironman triathlons and is an avid poker player.

John’s motto: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.


Chelsea Hallett

British Nationality Adviser


Chelsea joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2015 as a Nationality Administrator with a background in administration. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, she has travelled extensively throughout the UK and developed an interest in British Nationality. She is organised, optimistic and dedicated. Using her exceptional customer service and administrative skills, Chelsea ensures that all of our clients have the best possible experience.


Simone Jordaan

British Nationality Adviser


Simone joined us in 2015 as a British Nationality Adviser. Raised in Cape Town, she has a B.Comm in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Among other things, Simone has worked as an assistant within a psychology practice and as an administrator at a 5-star hotel where she had the opportunity to interact with customers from all corners of the globe on a daily basis. Empathetic and professional, Simone is an avid traveler, who has spent a lot of time exploring Europe.


Nicole Alexander

British Nationality Adviser


Nicole joined Sable International as an administrator, bringing with her a strong background in customer relations and various service industries. Nicole is drawn to people, whether through work or in her spare time, when she plays softball for South Africa. Holding a Diploma in Project Management, Nicole is also in the process of completing her degree in Public Relations.

Nicole’s motto: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your dreams. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.”


Ancois Bosman



Ancois joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2015 as a Business Administrator. She is often the first point of contact for our clients, assisting with queries and providing guidance relating to various nationality issues. With plenty of experience in customer service, Ancois is passionate about customer care, using her customer service skills to ensure that each client receives the best possible service.


Our Portugual team

Andrew Rissik

Managing Director of Forex and International Projects


Andrew grew up in South Africa, where he was schooled at Michaelhouse after which he completed his education at the University of Stellenbosch. He served as an officer in the South African Navy before completing his management training with the McCarthy Group.

In 1994, he relocated to join their UK operation, after which he was involved in start-up businesses and business turnarounds before returning to South Africa in 2004. He established a company that facilitated the investment of UK client money into the emerging South African property market. He successfully sold his interests before being appointed to head up Sable International's forex team.

Outside of work, Andrew is a keen sailor who has competed internationally. He spends many weekends away either sailing or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children.


Samantha Carter-Vawda

Immigration and Nationality Specialist


Samantha has been active in the private client space for 19 years. She started her career at AllianceBernstein and later moved to Blue Ink were she became a business development manager in charge of private client management.

From an early stage of her career Samantha realised that trust and accountability are key in a world where client requirements’ are becoming more complex. A strong work ethic and being process and output driven combine with her core values of trust, accountability, transparency and mutual respect to best serve niche clients.

Outside of work, Samantha enjoys the outdoors and the odd challenge of a duathlon with her family and friends. She also loves tackling challenging trails in her 4x4 and loves adventuring up Matroosberg during the winter months to catch a glimpse of the snow with her family.

Contact our citizenship team

Phone us (SA): +27 (0) 21 657 2139

Phone us (UK): +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Phone us (Por): +27 (0) 21 657 1584

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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