finovate advisory


There is no doubt that technology is transforming the world of accounting. As a result, our approach is to offer the best of technology with a human touch – value-added business advice. Clients receive a more responsive finance function at a better value.


René loves building a team of professionals that are ready to help clients gain better management insights in their businesses, engaging with clients to provide strategic direction and using technology to achieve better results.

FUN FACT: He's driven a scooter across the Bali island.



Bachelors of Engineering (Industrial) - B.Eng (Industrial)

Daniel loves working with people, processes and operational excellence. He thrives on using analytical skills and his experience in real-life businesses to guide entrepreneurs towards successful ventures. Daniel joined Finovate in 2018, contributing a broad strategic and operational management skillset to the benefit of SME clients.

FUN FACT: He's the oldest guy at Finovate.




Francois enjoys assisting business owners strategically so that their businesses can make a sustainable impact in the community. Being able to collaborate with great staff within the business who has a growth mindset and are willing to serve others by what they are doing.

FUN FACT: He loves playing Settlers of Catan (Board Game).



Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA CGMA); BCommHons (Management Accounting)

Jandré is passionate about financial stewardship through serving business owners and individuals with his core skills and competencies.

FUN FACT: He's in the process of formulating a book about his family's ancestry.



BComm Law; Bcomm Honours (Management Accounting); ACMA, CGMA

Louwtjie enjoys working with people in team format and he's passionate about having a great culture in the organisation, geared towards serving clients with their collective professional toolkits.

FUN FACT: He grew up in Tanzania.


Non-Executive Director


What Ilse enjoys most about her job is that it allows her to be both a mother to her three beautiful kids and to explore her God given talent in Accounting.

FUN FACT: You can bribe her with marshmallows, nougat and chardonnay!

Ilse Hanekom

Group Financial Manager

Elrine works with an attention to detail approach to her work, and enjoys helping her clients to maintain accurate and compliant company documents so that they can focus on their main business activities.

FUN FACT: She can play guitar and the ukulele.

Elrine Oosthuizen

Company Secretarial

BCompt Financial Accounting / Professional Accountant (SA)

Mariska enjoys helping clients run their businesses successfully by supplying accurate financial figures for decision making.

FUN FACT: Her name is of Hungarian origin and means Child Of The Sea.

Mariska Swart


Rynelle is passionate about her clients. She enjoys seeing Finovate taking the financial seat in a business and in that way enabling the owner to focus on growing his business, living out his passion and seeing his vision for his company being fulfilled

FUN FACT: She spent 2 years in London after her studies and is a proud Dachshund mama!

Rynelle Eksteen


Financial Accounting - Intermediate Level (ICB)

Mercia loves solving problems and working on the newest software the profession has to offer.

FUN FACT: She loves playing PlayStation and DIY projects around the house.

Mercia Grassmann


BCompt in Financial Accounting

Loraine loves working with clients who have complicated systems, being able to make the impossible possible by introducing new systems and procedures.

FUN FACT: She's a farm girl by heart who loves the country side and working with animals.

Loraine Nagel


Cherise enjoys being in a position to assist her clients and colleagues across so many different areas of the business. Being the Client Success Manager means her role is never boring, there's always something new to learn.

FUN FACT: Originally a Durbanite, she lived in the UK for 5 years before moving to Cape Town. She’ll always be a Sharks fan though.

Cherise Cheek

Client Success Manager


Karla loves working with people and being able to see anything or anyone grow into their potential. Being able to work with clients and colleagues who can challenge the way she thinks enables her to grow her problem solving skills.

FUN FACT: Karla studied medicine for 18 months before switching to accounting


AFS Coordinator

Kylie loves being able to interact with people during the day and adores when her to-do lists are all ticked off.

FUN FACT: Kylie originally studied Beauty Therapy in JHB and has been in Cape Town for 9 years. She has two little boys and a teen girl so is basically a master juggler and multi-tasker.


Accounting Administrator

Professional Account (SA), GTP

Tia-Mari loves being able to help people and actually make a difference in their tax lives.

FUN FACT: When she's super concentrating, she starts to hum Christmas songs.

Tia-Mari van Tiddens


Sharne loves being able to unearth clarity from confusion, mining order from chaos and producing serenity in a time that seems to only feel like havoc. To look deeply with intent, to understand and to decipher the issue in order to bring a resolution. This is what she loves about her job, it combines the avidity she has for justice, for simplicity and order.

FUN FACT: If Sharne hadn't discovered her love for numbers - she would have been a professional ballerina with the Cape Town City Ballet.


Tax Administrator

BComm Psych

Adele loves building personal relationships with each of her clients, understanding different personalities and accommodating clients as far as possible to make them feel valued.

FUN FACT: In another life, she thinks she would've been a Forensic Detective due to her love for Crime Documentaries.

Adele Traut


Aimeigh loves this industry as there is always something new to learn. Building solid and trusting relationships with clients and colleagues is of great importance to her.

FUN FACT: Ameigh is half Lebanese and the peculiar spelling of her name (pronounced Amy) is of French origin.

ameigh lee midgley

Payroll Assistant

shannon herbst

Office Manager

BEng Degree

Leigh enjoys being part of a team, and loves to see processes work smoothly. She loves being able to see that her work adds value.

FUN FACT: She grew up in the middle of the pine plantations in the Tsitsikamma, and spent 3 years on the West Coast working for De Beers Namaqualand Mines.

Leigh Janse van Rensburg

Business Analyst

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Bernard enjoys solving problems and creating something new. Working together with people excites him as well as seeing a business grow. He’s passionate about the Cloud and everything web related.

FUN FACT: Bernard enjoys running, mountain biking and spending time with friends. He loves travelling and learning about other cultures. He has been to Indonesia and Zimbabwe and hopes to go to many more countries.


Software Developer


Amadea is passionate about teaching and seeing individuals excel in their different journeys. She enjoys building meaningful relationship with the people she works with every day.

FUN FACT: Amadea loves running in the mountains with her husband and thinks "Ice cream is never a bad idea"

Amadea de beer

Manager – Trainee Team

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Amber-Lee loves that she's been exposed to the many different sides of a business, from accounting to payroll, consulting and tax. She enjoys that she's able to build relationships with clients and assist them in achieving their long term vision of their business.

Amber-Lee Villiers

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Max loves team work. He also reads, runs and plays golf in his free time.

FUN FACT: He was born in Belgium.

Max de Clippel

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Cherè enjoys working with a helpful and a committed team. She feels incredibly fortunate to have a very hands-on Manager, and enjoys the interactive nature of our Trainee Department!

FUN FACT: She's a dog and Sushi lover. And she's from a little town in the Eastern Cape called Queenstown.

Cherè Hardnick

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Nicole loves the people she gets to work with everyday, "everyone is always willing to help". She enjoys learning something new almost everyday, as it teaches you to think outside of just your normal everyday problems.

FUN FACT: She's half Portuguese (hence the strange surname).

Nicole João Luiz

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BComm Financial Management

Felix enjoys the diversity of industry engagement.

FUN FACT: He participates in horizontal running.


CIMA – 2020

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Viljoen enjoys problem-solving in the workplace.

FUN FACT: He really cannot cook food but is interested in learning.

Viljoen Visagie

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Suné enjoys learning from her colleagues’ experiences and all the knowledge they have to offer. As a first year trainee, she looks forward to learning a lot and she loves being able to interact with people.

FUN FACT: She lived in Bela-Bela for some of her childhood, so even though she was mostly brought up in Stellenbosch, the bushveld and wildlife have a soft spot in her heart.

Suné Steenkamp

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Carel is passionate about business, entrepreneurship and the unique journey that each and every entrepreneur embarks on to reach their desired goal and success.

FUN FACT: He enjoys being in the wild, with surfing and hunting probably being his most favourite activities.

Carel van der Merwe

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Enya enjoys equipping people to feel like they are in control of their finances so that they can focus on their own goals and passions.

FUN FACT: She believes the best thing you can do for yourself and others is to have vision for your life. It gives purpose and meaning to each day.

Enya Bain

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

CIMA Adv Diploma MA Management Accountant

Richardt loves helping people and believes that collaboration is the cornerstone of progress.

FUN FACT: He played semi-professional cricket for 5 seasons.

 Richardt Frenz

CIMA Adv Diploma MA Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Henlo grew up in Paarl. He enjoys being busy and learning new things while working with people.

FUN FACT: Henlo only listens to country music.


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

FUN FACT: Call him Ewie
If he had not started work at Finovate, he would've joined the British Royal Navy as a Royal Marine.


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BComm (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Lindie enjoys solving problems and figuring out new ways to do something. She sees every day as an adventure that is full of opportunities and chances given to us to learn and grow.

FUN FACT: Lindie likes spending time with family and friends outside or around a big fire. She likes to hike in the beautiful mountains we're surrounded by in the Western Cape. Lindie has a dream of opening up her own Italian Pasta restaurant.


BComm (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BComm (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Dylan enjoys problem-solving and working alongside clients to enhance business efficiencies.

FUN FACT: Dylan enjoys investing and outdoor sports. He loves chocolate Steri-Stumpies.

dylan puchert

BComm (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BcommHons (Man Acc) Management Accounting

Freek enjoys the potential for self growth and the never ending opportunities to learn from other people in the workplace.

FUN FACT: Freek plays golf and wants to live in the Faroe Islands one day

freek swanepoel

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Jamie-Lee enjoys broadening her corporate knowledge and skills while still thinking logically and making breakthroughs in her professional and personal life.

FUN FACT: Jamie-Lee has lived in Strand her whole life and still can't swim. However, she is in the process of learning, it's just taking her some time to actually grasp this concept.


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Kate is excited for the opportunities she will have to grow and learn about the diverse industries she will be exposed to through working at Finovate.

FUN FACT: Kate is passionate about food and loves creating new and interesting dishes. She also loves sewing her own clothes.

kate wright

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Nadia enjoys getting to know the people that she works with and working as a team to reach a common goal. She also enjoys working with numbers, being challenged and overall serving and helping people.

FUN FACT: Nadia's name's origin is Russian and means 'hope'. Nadia took French as a subject at school and this year she really wants to make an effort to study the language again.

nadia grobler

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Yanga is passionate about contributing to the success of SMEs and assisting them with finding business solutions to help them improve their competitive advantage.

FUN FACT: Yanga enjoys Netflix, listening to podcasts and spending time with friends. He's never been to outer space.


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

Rayno enjoys learning from the people around him and gaining experience and knowledge in different industries.

FUN FACT: Rayno enjoys the Flags quiz game, but can't get passed the last level


BCommHons (Man Acc) Management Accountant

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