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Sable International directors

Reg Bamford


Group CEO


Having qualified at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town, Reg moved over to London and spent three years in investment banking in the city. He founded a small tax consultancy in 1996 and in six years turned this into a company with offices in three countries and over 200 staff.

Reg lives in Putney, with his wife and two young sons. In his spare time, he competes internationally at croquet – he is a three-time winner of the World Championships.

Reg's motto: ‘Love what you do and do what you love!’


Ashley Deakin


Chief Operating Officer

Ash Deakin

Ashley chose to study Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University, having been influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Digging up Roman pottery on the North Yorkshire moors proved not so glamorous and ultimately, he was lured into the accounting profession.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in 1989. After moving temporarily into publishing as a finance manager, he went to the University of Cape Town in 1994 to complete his MBA. On arrival back in the UK in 1995, he teamed up with Reg Bamford to start 1st Contact. He has been embroiled with the adventures and expansion of 1st Contact, and more recently Sable International, ever since. Aside from being the COO, he is heavily involved in providing general entrepreneurial advice to our clients.

Outside of work, Ash spends his time with his family (he has three children), at his holiday house in Norfolk and sails competitively.

Ash's motto: "Carpe diem"


Scott Brown


Managing Director: Accounting

Scott Brown

Scott majored in Accounting and Business Administration at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1998, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working for five years within business services and taxation for a Chartered Accountancy firm, he decided it was time to head to London. On arrival, he joined 1st Contact in its early days, completing annual accounts for contractors.

After a number of placements, including managing a baggage relocation company and 1st Contact Visas, he was appointed as group financial controller in 2003. In 2008, he was appointed to the board and became managing director of the Accounting Division.

In 2010, following the merger with a number of smaller accountancy practices to form Sable International's accounting team, he became Managing Director of Accounting, heading a team of over 40 accountants and assistants specialising in SMEs and contractors. Scott is also interested in travel, music, fine dining and wine.

Scott’s motto: "Just get on with it."


Gary Kockott


Managing Director: South Africa

Gary Kockott

Gary was schooled at Grey College in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, after which he completed a BComm degree at the University of Port Elizabeth. Being entrepreneurial by nature, he started his own business in Johannesburg right after his studies. This quickly taught him the old adage: “Sink or swim.”

He sold his business in 2002 and headed to London, where he joined Sable International in 2004, managing numerous facets of the business including tax, immigration and commercial. Gary joined the board as a director in 2004.

He is an avid mountain biker (although he says he's certainly no professional), plays tennis and squash in his spare time and enjoys watching all sports. He’s travelled extensively, with his favourite holiday destinations being the West Coast of the United States and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Gary’s motto: "In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurels of victory, there is a glory to be found if one has done his best."


Marilie du Toit


Finance and Operations Director

Marilie du Toit

Marilie qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998, after which she worked at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town, London and Brussels. After returning to Cape Town in 2003, she fulfilled the role of Finance Director for South African operations at Panalux until she joined Sable in 2008.

Marilie describes herself as meticulous, fair, committed and lucky. She loves rules and reasoning. She taught herself to read at age 5 and has not stopped. She is also a closet chef with a deep love for gnocchi.

Marilie’s motto: "Be true to your work, your word and your friends."


Andrew Rissik


Director: Forex and International Projects

Andy Rissik

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.

Andrew’s motto: "Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."


James Edward



James has 35 years of banking experience, 15 of these intimately involved in international trade finance, including eight years as head of Capital Equipment Imports and Trade Finance, Nedbank Corporate (previously BoE Corporate Bank).

He previously headed up the Durban office of Reichmann’s Trade Finance, part of Investec Bank. James has a BComm degree majoring in Economics and Business Finance, a Banker’s Diploma and has completed an Advanced International Finance course at the University of Cape Town. In his spare time, James enjoys surfing and has a very active family that love the outdoors.


Tim Powell

BComm (Hons)


Tim Smith 

Tim has 20 years of work experience, including the likes of Price Waterhouse Coopers, Combined Motor Holdings, BoE, and Ernst & Young JD Edwards in South Africa, and Deutsche Bank and 1st Contact Forex in London.

He has four years of corporate and investment banking experience, and a further 15 years foreign exchange experience, having started and built an online forex business in London. Tim enjoys the sea and outdoors in general and can be found on the beach or climbing mountains with his wife and two boys on weekends in the Cape.

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).

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