Founded over 25
years ago in London
Offices helping clients
across four countries
Dedicated staff across
our business divisions
Clients helped with
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Cross-border financial and immigration services
We are Sable International
Our clients are always at the heart of what we do and our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia are perfectly positioned to ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with a team of local experts in your corner.
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Meet our directors
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.
Mike grew up and was educated in South Africa, after which he began his career at Investec Private Bank.
In 2006, Mike founded the property and lending advice division of Sable International. He now runs the business and is head of the investment committee.
He loves sport, mostly triathlon and golf. He is a trained NLP Practitioner and an avid reader of all things relating to economics. He is married and has two children.
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 International in 2008.
Marilie describes herself as meticulous, fair, committed and lucky. She loves rules and reasoning. She taught herself to read at age five and has not stopped. She is also a closet chef with a deep love for gnocchi.
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 seven-time winner of the World Championships.
Ashley qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in 1989. After moving temporarily into publishing as a finance manager, he completed his MBA at the University of Cape Town in 1994.
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 and sails competitively.
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.
Gary was schooled at Grey High School in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, after which he completed a BComm degree at the University of Port Elizabeth.
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, plays tennis and squash in his spare time and enjoys watching all sports.
Scott majored in Accounting and Business Administration at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working for five years within business services and taxation, he headed to London and joined 1st Contact.
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 25 accountants and assistants specialising in SMEs and contractors.
Scott is also interested in travel, music, fine dining and wine.
William started his career by studying towards a Chartered Accountant degree through Unisa. Since then he has worked in firms around South Africa and Namibia.
He has led teams across several companies including 1st Contact’s South African tax division and started his own firm in 2011.
In 2019, William merged his company with Sable International to form our South African tax division. His goal has always been to help clients get the maximum benefit from their tax situation.
He is an avid croquet player and has frequently represented the country.
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.
In 2008 John took up the mantle of Accounting Manager at Sable International.
With a knack for operations and project management, John took on the task of managing the group’s Citizenship & Immigration team in 2009.
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.
Mishal was born in Mombasa, Kenya and relocated to the UK in 2004 after a successful colonial nationality claim through Philip Gamble & Partners.
Mishal joined Sable International in 2009 and is a registered adviser with the OISC. Mishal works closely with Philip Gamble and specialises in isolating claims to British Nationality for those who have connections to former British Territories, those who are resident in the UK and those adopted by British Citizens. Mishal has a special interest in East Africa and the sub-continent. He is fluent English, Kiswahili and Gujarati.
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 has assisted in developing Government policies with the Points Based System and has instigated changes in Policy towards the descendants of Government employees of former British Territories. Philip is also responsible for immigration training in NHS Hospitals.
He is widely regarded as an authority on British nationality law and the effects of decolonisation within the former British Empire. Philip is registered with the OISC as a level 2 adviser in Immigration.
Sam is a registered migration agent and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia.
Sam studied as an undergraduate at the University of Newcastle, NSW and later completed the postgraduate certificate in immigration law at Victorian University. He has worked in the area of Australian immigration law for 14 years and has helped thousands of people relocate to Australia.
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.