Meet the team

We have a multinational team of Aussies, Kiwis, South Africans, Poles and even the odd Brit. Our dedicated brokers in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and South Africa work across multiple times zones and are always happy to assist you with any query you may have.

We can talk high level forex, but can put it in layman’s terms if you need us to. We’re passionate about what we do and we put our clients at the heart of our business.

Find out a little more about the brokers and client liaisons you’ll have the pleasure of getting to know when you use our service.

 

Our forex team

  • Monique Chapman
    Monique Chapman
    Business Development Consultant
  • Brenda Simpkins
    Brenda Simpkins
    Forex Broker
  • James Edward: Director
    James Edward
    Director: Forex
  • Tim Powell: Director
    Tim Powell
    Director: Forex
  • Andrew-Rissik
    Andrew Rissik
    Managing Director - FX and Investment Migration
  • Jason Chown
    Jason Chown
    Director
  • Shawn Maidwell: Operations Manager
    Shawn Maidwell
    Operations Manager
  • Saskia Johnston: Senior Business Development Manager
    Saskia Johnston
    Senior Business Development Manager
  • Gemma Blommaert
    Gemma Blommaert
    Global Forex Operations Manager
  • Juanita Dunn
    Juanita Dunn
    Client Relations - Registrations
  • Meagan Adams
    Meagan Adams
    Client Relations - Policy Encashment
  • Charlene Windvogel
    Charlene Windvogel
    Forex Broker
  • Gary Davies
    Gary Davies
    Business Development Executive
  • Teri-Anne Hermans
    Teri-Anne Hermans
    Client Relations - Registrations
  • Charmaine Thompson
    Charmaine Thomson
    Forex Broker
  • Lynn Ӧz
    Lynn Ӧz
    Forex Broker
  • Anita Huyser
    Anita Huyser
    Business Development Executive
  • Tanya Van Der Westhuizen
    Tanya Van Der Westhuizen
    Business Development Executive
  • rochelle_frayster
    Rochelle Frayster
    Forex Broker
  • Sebastian_Steyn
    Sebastian Steyn
    Forex Risk and Hedging Specialist
  • Carey Kolver
    Carey Goaté
    Business Development and Client Relations Consultant
  • Justin Fortuin - Forex Broker
    Justin Fortuin
    Forex Broker
  • nicholas_freel
    Nicholas Freel
    Forex Broker
  • Andre Pheiffer - Forex Broker
    Andre Pheiffer
    Forex Broker
  • shelly_naude
    Shelley Naudé
    Compliance Officer
  • Monique Chapman
    Business Development Consultant

    Monique graduated from the University of Cape Town, where she dual-majored in Economics and Finance. She then went on to complete her Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management.

    Monique is always up for a challenge and believes in hard work and measurable results. She was snapped up by Sable International in 2011.

    She quickly worked her way from broking on the global desk into a more specialised role surrounding the South African Reserve Bank’s exchange control regulations. She enjoys spending her time outdoors; exploring the countryside with her husband, two children and three dogs.

  • 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.

  • James Edward
    Director: Forex

    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
    Director: Forex

    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.

  • Andrew Rissik
    Managing Director - FX and Investment Migration

    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.

  • Jason Chown
    Director

    Born in Queensland, Australia, Jason first started working at Sable International over 10 years ago, after moving to the UK for a working holiday.

    Since joining the Sable International team, Jason has worked in a variety of roles within our London, Cape Town and now Melbourne offices. Jason currently oversees our Australian and New Zealand foreign exchange operations.

    He holds an MBA from Deakin University and is a member of the teaching team at Swinburne Online, where he specialises in postgraduate Economics.

    Jason enjoys mountain biking in the local national parks and searching for Melbourne’s best coffee.

  • Shawn Maidwell
    Operations Manager

    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.

  • Saskia Johnston
    Senior Business Development Manager

    Saskia graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B. Sc. (Masters) in finance and a sub-major in economics. With a keen interest in the FX market, she joined Sable International’s Cape Town forex team as a forex broker.

    With passion, determination and an extensive knowledge of the foreign exchange market, she emigrated to London to head up Sable International's forex business development team in London.

    Saskia now runs the UK Sable Forex team, whose core focus is business development, customer relations and client retention.

    She loves experiencing new cultures, and travel is at the top of her “spare time list”.

  • Gemma Blommaert
    Global Forex Operations 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.

    Twelve years and three promotions later, Gemma holds the position of Global Forex Operations Manager, 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.

  • Juanita Dunn
    Client Relations - Registrations

    Juanita was born and raised in Cape Town. She attended Milpark Business School where she obtained her certificate in banking.

    She has 12 years’ experience in the banking industry and has worked for Absa and FNB.

    At Sable International, Juanita assists clients with the opening of accounts.

    She enjoys taking long walks with her dog and child as well as reading magazines.

  • Meagan Adams
    Client Relations - Policy Encashment

    Meagan has a national certificate in banking with Cornerstone and completed her First Level Regulatory Exam (RE05) with Moonstone.

    She has previously worked for Standard Bank, where she gained 14 years’ experience working in various roles within the branch banking network. 

    Meagan enjoys attending music festivals and markets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teri-Anne Hermans
    Client Relations - Registrations

    Teri-Anne has 13 years’ working experience, which includes five years in the financial industry and nine years in immigration.

    She has previously worked for Absa and at an immigration firm where she held the position of senior consultant/key account manager for private and corporate clients.

    In her current role, she is responsible for registering clients who want to send money out of South Africa.

    Teri-Anne enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, watching movies and eating good food.

  • 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.

  • Lynn Ӧz
    Forex Broker

    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 as a Forex Broker, where she deals with both corporate and private clients.

  • 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.

  • Tanya Van Der Westhuizen
    Business Development Executive

    Tanya obtained a BComm Honours degree in 2010 from Unisa. With 20 years’ work experience, she started out at ABSA Bank before moving to the UK where she worked for the Department of Works and Pension.

    She returned to SA in 2006 and started her career in the foreign exchange industry. Tanya successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro in 2013 and enjoys adventurous outdoor activities such as hiking and running.

  • Rochelle Frayster
    Forex Broker

    Rochelle has 12 years’ experience within the corporate finance and forex banking industry. Rochelle’s experience includes the challenge of being the Regional Branch Manager of a Bureau de Change. She currently manages corporate and private client portfolios at the Durban office.

    Rochelle buys and sells foreign currency online and deals directly with our preferred banks. She maintains overall branch requirements and loves working with her team. She has a passion for foreign exchange and customer service and outside of work she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

    He enjoys spearfishing and freediving and has represented South Africa in two barefoot water-skiing world championships.

  • Andre Pheiffer
    Forex Broker

    Andre grew up on the sunny beaches of Durban, South Africa. There he developed a love for the ocean. He then moved to Stellenbosch to pursue an education in finance before joining Sable International.

    As a forex consultant, it is his role to help and guide clients through the process of sending money to individuals and institutions around the world while overseeing the balance of finances.

    In his spare time, Andre enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and camping with his family.

  • 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.

 

How it all began

Forex services were traditionally provided by the high street banks and larger money transfer agents, but we knew that we could do better. Money transfer services are just one of the many hundreds of services that banks offer and let’s be honest, it’s impossible to master them all.

We were right. For more than 20 years, first as 1st Contact Forex and now as Sable International, we’ve built a business out of refining and mastering the money transfer service. To date we have over 60,000 registered clients and do over 140,000 transactions per year.

Our goal was, and is, to give clients the ability to transfer money internationally, from anywhere and at any time.

Whether you want to transfer your savings home, bring your savings back, send money to loved ones, pay off debt  or invest offshore with expert advice, we can help.

We also help small and medium-sized businesses transfer funds internationally.

Whatever your foreign exchange needs are, we’ve got you covered.

We’re accredited across the world

The security of our clients’ funds is especially important to us. We’re registered with HM Customs & Excise in the UK as a money services business (registration number 12148630).

1st Contact Forex Pty Ltd holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFS Licence number 335 126) issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange.

We meet all the required capital and liquidity requirements and stand under the financial controls and “know your customer” policies and procedures of our corporate bankers. All client funds are held in designated client money bank accounts with our corporate bankers.