Meet our forex team

  • Andrew-Rissik
    Andrew Rissik
    Group International Director
  • Tim Powell: Director
    Tim Powell
    Director: Forex SA
  • Graham Barratt
    Head of Sales Director: Forex
  • Gemma Blommaert
    Gemma Blommaert
    Forex Global Manager
  • Shawn Maidwell: Operations Manager
    Shawn Maidwell
    Operations Manager: Forex SA
  • Sebastian_Steyn
    Sebastian Steyn
    Forex Risk and Hedging Specialist
  • shelly_naude
    Shelley Naudé
    Compliance Officer
  • Justin Fortuin - Forex Broker
    Justin Fortuin
    Forex Broker
  • nicholas_freel
    Nicholas Freel
    Senior Forex Broker
  • Sebastian Friedman
    Forex Broker
  • Shauna Goodall
    Forex Broker Assistant
  • Charmaine Thompson
    Charmaine Thomson
    Forex Broker
  • Carey Kolver
    Carey Goaté
    Business Development and Client Relations Consultant
  • Brenda Simpkins
    Brenda Simpkins
    Forex Broker
  • Anita Huyser
    Anita Huyser
    Business Development Executive
  • Lynn Ӧz
    Lynn Creighton
    Client Relations – Policy Encashment
  • Teri-Anne Hermans
    Teri-Anne Hermans
    Forex Broker
  • Charlene Windvogel
    Charlene Windvogel
    Forex Broker
  • Kayla Julie
    Kayla Julie
    Client Relations Consultant
  • Colleen de vries
    Colleen De Vries
    Client Relations - Estates
  • Ronel Dhrumaraj_bw
    Ronel Dhrumaraj
    Forex Administrator
  • Divania Govender
    Forex Administrator
  • Lawren Hartogh
    Client Relations Consultant
  • Laurinda Fortuin
    Forex Administrator
  • Clarissa Naidoo
    Forex Broker
  • Gary Davies
    Gary Davies
    Business Development Executive
  • James Edward: Director
    James Edward
    Business Director: Forex SA
  • Andrew Rissik
    Group International Director

    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.

    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.

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

  • Tim Powell
    Director: Forex SA

    Tim has 25 years of work experience, including at the likes of Price Waterhouse Coopers, Combined Motor Holdings, BoE, Ernst & Young, JD Edwards in South Africa, Deutsche Bank and 1st Contact Forex in London.

    He started an online forex business in London before returning to South Africa. He then joined FX Capital, growing the business to annual trade in excess of R4 billion per annum.

    In 2017, FX Capital merged with Sable International and Tim is now the director of Sable International’s South African forex business.

    On weekends, Tim enjoys climbing mountains with his wife and two sons.

  • Graham Barratt
    Head of Sales Director: Forex

    Graham was born and bred in the Mother City. 

    With a background in education (PGCE, UCT), financial planning (Liberty Life) and experience as a currency trader, Graham has over 15 years sales experience in financial services. 

    He spent the last 12 years leading a global forex business in SA and joins Sable International's South African Forex Team as Head of Sales Director to further grow and develop the SA team. 

    Graham is happiest when outdoors, surrounded by family and friends. He endeavors to live in the present as far as possible… #living

  • Gemma Blommaert
    Forex Global Manager

    Gemma was raised and schooled in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied business management and computing before quickly being snapped up by Sable International.

    Gemma holds the position of Forex Global Manager at Sable International, with a keen focus on customer service which she believes is what “separates us from the rest". She brings an outstanding enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the company to the role.

    Gemma is happily stationed at Sable International’s Cape Town office with her team who take care in moving money around the world for their clients.

    Outside of the office she enjoys travelling, spending time with family and wining and dining at Stellenbosch’s wine estates.

  • Shawn Maidwell
    Operations Manager: Forex SA

    Shawn hails from windy Fish Hoek, Cape Town. After qualifying with a BComm in Marketing and Economics from Unisa, he spent seven years in sunny Scotland before returning to South Africa to begin working with FX Capital.

    He joined Sable International in November 2017 as part of a merger with FX Capital. Shawn has over four years’ experience in foreign exchange, exchange control and cross-border payments. He is currently the Operations Manager for our South Africa forex division and deals mainly with private clients, corporates, estates and transfers into South Africa.

    He enjoys playing sport, hiking and spending time with friends.

  • Sebastian Steyn
    Forex Risk and Hedging Specialist

    Sebastian completed his BComm (Hons) degree in Financial Risk Management at Stellenbosch University. With a keen interest in trading, he joined the forex team at Sable International.

    Sebastian’s ambitious nature saw him climb the ranks from Broker to Senior Broker and later as a Global Team Leader. He has since shifted his focus to risk management, with a personal interest in the technological development in the crypto sphere.

    In 2019, he obtained the FRM certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He then moved into a Risk and Hedging Specialist role at Sable International.

    Sebastian is passionate about hiking, trail running and photography. He often spends weekends exploring the expansive mountain ranges in and around the Cape Peninsula.

  • Shelley Naudé
    Compliance Officer

    Shelley matriculated in Johannesburg and attended UNISA where she studied English and history of art and obtained a diploma in photo journalism.

    After spending two years living and working in London, she joined Standard Bank in South Africa where she worked for over 20 years in various roles in global financial institutions and correspondent banking.

    Shelley is the compliance officer at Sable International and is responsible for the implementation of anti-money laundering measures.

    She loves belly dancing, hiking, swimming in the ocean and exploring the countryside.

  • Justin Fortuin
    Forex Broker

    Justin studied at Stellenbosch University; attaining a BA in Geo Environmental studies and a Bcom Hons in Public Development Management.

    Before joining Sable International, Justin worked as a junior development economist specialising in market research focusing on property and agriculture. 

    He is currently a member of the global forex team, assisting clients with all their forex needs as a broker

    In his personal life, Justin enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming and a good book.

  • Nicholas Freel
    Senior Forex Broker

    Nicholas was born and raised in Kimberley, South Africa. He moved to Bloemfontein where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree with specialisation in investment management and banking at the University of the Free State. He is extremely interested in forex and the financial world. His hard work and fervent interest in forex and the financial realm have earned him the position as a Senior Forex Broker at Sable.

    Beyond the trading desk, Nicholas's adventurous spirit shines through his love for spearfishing and freediving. Nicholas has also proudly represented his country in two barefoot water-skiing World Championships.

  • Sebastian Friedman
    Forex Broker

    Sebastian grew up in St James, Cape Town. He went on to complete a BSc Property Studies Hons degree from the University of Cape Town.

    Although Sebastian pursued a property degree, he is fascinated by the financial world and has been trading for several years. He has recently joined Sable International’s Forex department as a Forex Broker.

    In his spare time Sebastian enjoys working out, as well as playing tennis and padel with friends.

  • Shauna Goodall
    Forex Broker Assistant

    Shauna comes from a humble home in the heart of Cape Town’s south. She has spent more than 16 years working on the financial team for a fashion conglomerate, where she learned all her financial skills. Thereafter, she spent a while working as an in-house accountant for a small butchery.

    She is family-orientated, kind-hearted, and has a keen eye for details. She also has quite a head for coordinating social activities and events. Shauna is often found spending her free time with family, catching up with friends, or finishing up the latest DIY projects for various events.

  • Charmaine Thomson
    Forex Broker

    Charmaine has 20 years’ banking experience, where she specialised in foreign exchange, international banking and trade finance. She is currently employed as a Forex Broker, and she manages the forex requirements of a portfolio of corporate clients, private individuals and brokers.

    Charmaine has a National Diploma NQF6 in Financial Markets and Instruments (Academy of Financial Markets), a Diploma in Treasury Management and Trade Finance (Institute of Bankers), and a Certificate in Marketing (RAU University).

    She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and travelling. She also plays social golf and enjoys swimming the Midmar Mile with her husband and teenage daughter.

  • Carey Goaté
    Business Development and Client Relations Consultant

    Carey grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It was while managing two warehouses for Behr Hella, an international automotive company, that Carey took a keen interest in logistics. She went on to study logistics and procurement at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

    During this time, she realised her passion for people and took an about-turn into marketing and sales, where she excelled.

    Now living in London, Carey joined Sable International in 2013 and specialises in saving both individuals and companies money on their international money transfers.

    In her free time, Carey frequents the gym, enjoys travelling and loves being outdoors.

  • Brenda Simpkins
    Forex Broker

    Brenda has been a Forex Consultant in the Durban Office since March 2016. She has 25 years’ experience in project management and business management, in the event organising and office design industries. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Industrial Psychology at UKZN.

    She specifically deals with the private individual clients and particularly enjoys the more challenging situations where the client is struggling to find a realistic solution to their offshore transfer requirements. Brenda also deals with inheritance payments, financial emigration and SARS tax clearances.

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her three children.

  • Anita Huyser
    Business Development Executive

    Anita has a BComm degree and over 20 years work experience, 14 years of which she spent in the finance industry and eight years in foreign exchange, exchange control and cross-border payments. She has worked and travelled throughout Europe.

    Anita successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro and completed her first Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour in 2014.

  • Lynn Creighton
    Client Relations – Policy Encashment

    Lynn was born and bred in George along the beautiful Garden Route. She has travelled extensively and has lived in Israel, the United Kingdom and Turkey. After she obtained a Certificate in Banking with Milpark Business School, she gained 18 years of banking experience at FNB George, Knysna and Tokai.

    Lynn loves travelling, hiking, going to the gym and spending time with her family, especially her grown-up son. She joined Sable International from FX Capital as part of the merger between the two companies. She is currently employed in Client Relations for Policy Encashment in Sable International's South African Forex department.

  • Teri-Anne Hermans
    Forex Broker

    Teri-Anne has 18 years of work experience.

    She has previously worked at ABSA and at an immigration firm where she held the position of Key Account manager for private and corporate clients and ran the operations for the Namibian branch.

    Before moving into the Forex broker role, she was a client relations consultant in the same forex team.

    Teri-Anne enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children. 

  • Charlene Windvogel
    Forex Broker

    Charlene has 23 years’ experience in the banking industry and has spent the last 12 years working in corporate and investment banking.

    She joined Sable International in 2018 and is currently employed as a Forex Broker, managing corporate and private client portfolios at the Cape Town office.

    Charlene enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

  • Kayla Julie
    Client Relations Consultant

    Kayla was born and raised in Cape Town. She attended Damelin College where she obtained her diploma in business management. She is currently in her final year, studying BCom at UNISA.

    She has previously worked as an investment reporting administrator. She joined Sable international in 2021 as a Forex Administrator, and is now a Client Relations Consultant, where she assists with opening and monitoring new client accounts.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.

  • Colleen De Vries
    Client Relations - Estates

    Colleen was employed as an office manager within the building/insurance industry for over 17 years. 

    She began her Sable International tenure as part of the South African Forex division and now specialises in deceased estates. 

    She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

     

  • Ronel Dhrumaraj
    Forex Administrator

    Prior to starting at Sable International, Ronel had eight years of banking experience in foreign exchange and customer service. She holds an NQF level 5 and a national diploma in accounting.

    She is an animal lover who enjoys listening to music and watching extreme sports. She spends her free time with family and friends. 

  • Divania Govender
    Forex Administrator

    Divania Govender was born and raised in Durban. She is a recent graduate, completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Finance and Economics at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She followed on completing her Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Finance degree at The University of KwaZulu Natal. 

    She joins Sable International as a Forex Administrator in our South African Forex department in Durban.

    She is a motivated and attentive individual who enjoys anything that challenges her thinking and pushes her out of my comfort zone.

    Outside of work, she likes to watch series and movies, spending time with her family and friends. She also likes going on random drives exploring the country in a lot more detail. 

  • Lawren Hartogh
    Client Relations Consultant

    Lawren is from Cape Town and matriculated in 2015 from Portland Secondary School in Mitchell's Plain.

    Before starting at Sable International she worked at Old Mutual Finance for five years as a financial consultant. She is now a Client Relations Consultant at Sable International.

    She loves summer is her favourite time of the year and she loves being in the kitchen and trying different dishes. She loves reading, watching documentaries, catching up with family and friends in her spare time and being a soccer mom on Saturdays. She also loves hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Laurinda Fortuin
    Forex Administrator

    Laurinda was born and raised in Cape Town. After completing high school she studied NQF Level 5 at Northlink College. She has 10 years of combined experience in customer services, emigration and foreign exchange.

    She is a Forex Administrator in Sable International's South African Forex department where she assists with the onboarding, account opening as well as cross-border and local payments.

    Outside of work she likes to binger watch series and loves spending time outdoors and travelling.

  • Clarissa Naidoo
    Forex Broker

    Clarissa comes from a small town in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at UKZN Westville and her Bachelor of Commerce Honours qualification from UNISA.

    She was previously employed at Exchange4free. She is currently employed as a Forex Broker at Sable International, where she hopes to gain a lot of experience with balance of payments and trades.

    Outside of work she loves to read thriller novels, scrap book and journal. 

  • Gary Davies
    Business Development Executive

    Gary was born and raised in Johannesburg and has also lived in Somerset West in Cape Town and Los Angeles in the USA. He has 23 years’ work experience within local and international banks focussing on international corporate and individual banking and investment platforms.

    Outside of work, Gary enjoys cycling and has successfully completed twelve 947 Cycle Challenges and eight Cape Town Cycle Tours in support of The Reach for a Dream Foundation. When not cycling, he takes educational outdoor trips with his two children and three foster children.

  • James Edward
    Business Director: Forex SA

    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.

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