Santie is currently the Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. She serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Liberty Holdings Ltd, Tiger Brands Ltd and Telkom Ltd, and as chairperson of Famous Brands Ltd. Santie has wide knowledge and experience in different sectors ranging from banking (Executive Director: ABSA Bank, 1996 to 2003) to telecommunications (Executive Director Marketing: MTN, 2003 to 2010). In 2010, Santie received the South African Business Woman of the Year award.
Andries, Curro’s CEO, is a chartered accountant. He started his career as audit manager at KPMG Inc. He subsequently worked at Sasko (a division of Pioneer Food Group Ltd), Distell Ltd and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000, he joined Media24 Ltd’s ICG (brand names include INTEC, Damelin) as financial director, after which he was promoted to financial director of Educor (Pty) Ltd (Educor). In 2006, Educor bought a 25% stake in Curro, where Andries, together with Chris, compiled the expanded business plan upon which Curro’s current growth strategy is based. In 2007, when Naspers Ltd disposed of Educor, including their interest in Curro, Andries acquired a stake in Curro and joined the company as financial director. In 2011, when Bernardt was appointed as the CFO of Curro, Andries’s role changed to that of COO. On 1 July 2017, Andries succeeded Chris as the Curro CEO.
Bernardt, a chartered accountant, was an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc, after which he joined Finweek. He joined PSG Group Ltd in 2007, where he was, inter alia, part of the executive team at Paladin (now PSG Private Equity). He joined Curro in 2009 and was appointed as CFO in 2011.
Chris, Curro's former CEO, has extensive knowledge, is highly experienced in the independent school sector and has a doctorate in education. Chris was one of the four finalists in the exceptional category of the World Entrepreneur Competition held by Ernst & Young in November 2013. He is the founder of Curro. Curro developed from a school (based in a church) with 28 learners in 1998 to a JSE-listed company with 127 schools accommodating 47 589 learners in 2017. Chris serves as a non-executive director and strategic adviser to Curro Holdings.
Barend, a chartered accountant, has wide international business experience in mining, finance, auditing, the oil industry, energy, government relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance. Barend is the executive chairperson of De Beers Consolidated Mines and is also a non-executive director of various companies, including Anglo American South Africa Ltd, De Beers PLC and Ponahalo Group. He is the chairperson of Sizwe Business Recoveries (Pty) Ltd (founded by him in 1997).
Piet is the CEO of PSG Group Ltd and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of various PSG Group Ltd companies, including Capitec Bank Ltd, Pioneer Food Group Ltd, Zeder Investments Ltd and PSG Konsult Ltd. He has been active in the investment and financial services industry since 1999.
Sibongile has international business experience in the non-government, development and public sectors, as well as experience in the academic world. Currently she is the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Institutional Support at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Sibongile is a non-executive director of the University Sports Company (Pty) Ltd and is a commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission. Between 2004 and 2010 Sibongile served as the director general of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government.
KK serves as non-executive director of various listed and unlisted companies, including the PSG Group Ltd., and is also the chairperson of Pioneer Food Group Ltd. He has extensive knowledge and experience of business in different industries and has been active as an entrepreneur since 1995.
Hennie, Curro’s CIO, is a chartered accountant and lectured in Auditing at the University of the Western Cape prior to joining Hospiplan Ltd, a group that developed private hospitals across South Africa, as group financial director in 1996. In 1998 he joined Media24 Ltd’s ICG as managing director and was the group managing director of Educor from 2004 to 2007. After working in the venture capital industry as an investment manager for Mark Shuttleworth’s venture capital firm HBD (Pty) Ltd, Hennie joined Curro in 2010 as manager of new business.