Charles leads the Purple Group - a fintech company and a pioneer in democratising the stock market for all South Africans. He was part of the team that broke new ground in CFD and spread trading in South Africa. In 2000, he led the development of the world’s first fully automated online Spread Trading platform. Charles is the founder of EasyEquities - a platform aimed at democratising the stock exchange, allowing all South Africans to achieve financial dignity.
Gary completed his articles at KPMG at the end of 2002 at which time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then spent four years in the Transaction Advisory Division of KPMG prior to joining Purple Group in November 2006. Gary was Head of Corporate Finance until April 2013 at which time he was appointed as the Group’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer.
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Bradley is a co-founder of GT247.com, bringing years of international broking and trading experience to the GT Private Broking team. Brad gained his early market experience trading on the traditional trading floors of the London and Sydney Futures exchanges, before moving to screen-based broking where he brokered emerging market bonds for Intercapital Brokers in London and New York. He then moved to Cantor Fitzgerald in New York before relocating to South Africa and was instrumental in setting up Cantor Fitzgerald’s SA Bond desk.
Bev graduated from RAU (now UJ) in 1997, having completed a BA degree in Personnel Management as well as honours Degrees in both Industrial Relations and Industrial Psychology. She was employed by Interpark (SA) (Pty) Ltd in 1995 and became HR Director in 1999. In 2005 she joined Interpark’s holding company, Excellerate Holdings Ltd in the capacity of Group General Manager: HR. In 2006 Bev started to practice as a freelance HR and IR consultant before joining Purple Group in 2008, where she now serves the business as Chief HR Officer.
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Carel has been working in the financial services and communication industries since 1997, including stints at the BBC in London, and at Hollard Insurance and Etana Insurance in South Africa. He holds an MA (cum laude) in English literature, a law degree from the University of Stellenbosch and is a Licenciate of the Insurance Institute of South Africa.
Carel is the founder of CN&CO, a people and brand consultancy, chairman of St. Stithians College and loves the privilege of being part of Team Purple.
Paul Jansen van Vuuren
Chief Technology Ofﬁcer
Paul's career in the technology development space spans nearly 20 years. Paul spent a number of years at Zaptronix Limited as a senior developer before starting his own development company. It was during this time that Paul developed his passion for user experience and developing software to cater to UX. Paul joined the GT247.com team during 2010 and was appointed as the Chief Technology Officer in 2013.