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Our Approach

Our reputation as a leading financial markets training company has been built on several pillars of excellence:

  • Our training coaches all possess relevant practical experience and academic credentials.
  • We devote considerable time to research to ensure that our learning materials reflect current best practice.
  • Our programmes are always preceded by preparatory reading and assessment, in order to ensure that the learning opportunity is optimised.
  • We emphasise active learning via the use of case studies and simulators, to ensure that delegates acquire a practical understanding of a topic.
  • We strongly advocate the use of post-assessments in order to verify that the required learning outcomes have been achieved.

 

The Team



Peter Skerritt

Peter’s career in the financial markets spans three decades and three continents, and he has worked as a derivatives trader, financial engineer, author, and consultant. With experience in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Africa, he has both traded and structured derivative products in a variety of asset classes. He has co-edited all three editions of the text ‘Understanding South African Financial Markets’, and is the author of ‘Introduction to Derivatives’. He holds a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including a MBA in Finance, as well as a host of professional financial qualifications.



Emil Nysschens

Our Programme Director, Emil, is responsible for overseeing all of our workshop-based and distance-learning programmes. Emil graduated with the BBanking degree from Unisa, and has spent several years in the tax and accounting fields. He is also a PRM holder and is currently studying towards a degree in Quantitative Management.



Lerato Metseeme

Our Programme Manager, Lerato, manages the ‘engine room’ of Peter Skerritt & Associates. She has spent most of her professional career as a Client Relationship Manager in the Financial Services Industry and is currently completing a BCom in Financial Management.

Associates

Our company is proud to be associated with a number of leading experts in specialist fields.

These include:



Peter Scullion

Peter has over twenty years experience in the London Financial Markets. He began his career in the Fixed Income Fund Management sector, specifically trading in European Government Bonds before moving to Fixed Income sales at a US Investment Bank.

He subsequently worked in the FX market for various international banks covering FX and derivative sales to Central Banks and Hedge Funds. He has also been involved in setting up and running  Prime Brokerage and Margin Trading systems as well as trading CFDs and metals.


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George Van Der Westhuizen

An Actuarial Science graduate, George has extensive experience of the South African and international fixed income derivatives markets, He has worked as both a cash and derivatives trader and his resume includes the position of Head of Swaps at Absa Bank.

He has lectured and consulted widely on the topic across many countries on the African continent and beyond, and is well-known for his emphasis on practical modelling of cash flows to gain a true understanding of their economic characteristics.

More recently, George has successfully conducted introductory and advanced ALM workshops in several leading centres across the globe, utilising his proprietary ALM simulator.


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C. King Chanetsa (Bert)

Bert Chanetsa is an independent consultant, researcher and educator in capital markets, securities practice, regulation and business finance. He is a former Deputy Chief Executive of the Financial Services Board of South Africa, member of the board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Vice-Chair of IOSCO’s Growth and Emerging Markets Committee and member of the Monitoring Board of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. He is currently Vice Chair of the International Securities and Capital Markets Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

In addition, Bert’s career has covered areas including legal practice, investment/merchant and commercial banking and private equity.



Nigel Grey

Nigel has twenty-seven years of treasury management experience with major corporate entities, most recently as Group Treasurer of the De Beers Group. He is now an independent consultant, helping organisations who wish to move their treasury operations towards industry best practice.

Nigel assists in promoting the treasury profession by serving on the Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Southern Africa and is their current Chairman.

 



Dr. Antonie Kotzé

Antonie has over 23 years’ experience as a quantitative analyst in the South African and African financial and derivatives markets. He is a renowned expert in financial mathematics, modelling and training, and holds teaching and research positions at leading South African universities.

His company, Financial Chaos Theory, is a leading independent valuation service provider – www.quantonline.co.za

Antonie holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand.



Andre Lanser

Andre is a consulting trainer as well as a corporate finance practitioner who has delivered courses around the world in the areas of Credit, Corporate Finance, Valuation and Financial Modelling both for Corporates and Banks

Andre qualified as a Chartered Accountant, completing articles with PWC. He started his career with a subsidiary of Commercial Union, involved in the steel manufacturing industry.

His commercial experience includes restructuring and turning around a Steel Manufacturing operation, consulting to a Pharmaceutical company involved in medical devices for both Government and Private Hospitals and an in-depth knowledge of the citrus industry, consulting to South African Airways and extensive work at Hanover Acceptances property company, Dorrington in London.

His career then spanned over 15 years in the Venture Capital and Private Equity arena, where he has gained a vast amount of experience in the corporate analysis and valuation field. He is currently involved in the area of impairment tests for goodwill for corporates.


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Naheel Lababidi

Naheel Lababidi is an independent lecturer based in Bahrain teaching a wide range of treasury products, risk management and courses leading up to the ACI Dealing Certificate, ACI Operations Certificate and ACI Diploma.

Naheel has had an extensive and varied career in treasury and has held management appointments in trading and sales with major banks in Kuwait, Bahrain and London over a period of 23 years. This practical experience has covered a wide spectrum of derivative instruments, in addition to all conventional treasury products.

Naheel is a bilingual lecturer and is able to deliver lectures in Arabic as well as English and holds a B.Com in Accountancy.


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Geoff Burton – www.itsafrica.co.za

Geoff Burton is a former commercial banker with 25 years’ experience in branch banking and credit evaluation in England with Midland Bank plc (now HSBC), and in South Africa with Nedbank.

Since leaving the banking industry in 1994 he has consulted with businesses on financial management issues and has trained business owners and bankers in subjects such as business management, accounting and taxation, financial management, and credit risk management in South Africa, Tanzania, The Philippines, Bosnia, Trinidad and Ukraine.

Since January 2000 Geoff has been the Managing Director of his own training company which specialises in financial skills training for banks and corporate clients.


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Trevor Neil – www.betagroup.co.uk

Trevor started his career in 1974 as a coffee floor trader at Merrill Lynch. Since that time, he has worked in various institutions and managed a hedge fund. He was one of the founders of the Society of Technical Analysts, the UK professional body in this field. He was also on the Board which created its professional qualification, and worked as the Head of Technical Analysis at Bloomberg for four years.

His firm, BETA Group is an Accredited Training Provider for the Charter Institute for Securities and Investment, Thomson Reuters Preferred Third-party Provider of technical analysis courses.

BETA Group specialises in running in-house courses in trading techniques and technical analysis for treasury desks, corporate hedgers, analysts and traders.


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Debbie Munger – www.dmpc.co.za

Debbie Munger is a certified Microsoft facilitator and owner of DMPC Training Services.  Debbie has 22 years facilitating experience in corporate environments, particularly within the financial sector.

She is an expert in the management of data, reporting and dashboard building.  Debbie combines her IT training and years of industry experience to deliver both training and development solutions that align with her client’s business objectives

Her experience includes the training of end-user application software, including all Microsoft products, specialising in Microsoft Excel, Access, VBA and presentation software from beginners to an advanced level.

Debbie’s personal goal is “to make a difference to somebody everyday, that is why I teach”.