I qualified as a pharmacist in my early 20s and worked for Beecham Pharmaceuticals in in Cape Town for two years. Life then took a completely different direction when I travelled on holiday in Europe and was unexpectedly offered a junior, temporary position (reorganising the filing system!) in the Oppenheimer family office in Luxembourg. Little did I realise at the time that this would lead to a career with this well-known South African family lasting for over 31 years and based in their offices in Luxembourg, London, Johannesburg and in the Isle of Man. I completed a full-time MBA at the School of Management, Cranfield University.
During my career, I was exposed to many different facets of the traditional family office such as investment management, corporate and trust structures, taxation, concierge services, philanthropy and, significantly, family governance structures and navigating generational change. Following retirement from full-time employment, I continue to serve on the boards of several Oppenheimer family entities as a non-executive director and also as a NED on the board of Marriott (IOM) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Old Mutual Group.
I am excited about my involvement with Turnstone and look forward to offering advice and guidance to the team as they serve the multi-faceted needs of high-net wealth families.