Mark Barnes graduated from UCT with an Honours Degree in Actuarial Science and attended a Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Mark is widely known as an Investment Banker in South Africa. He has had 30 years of experience in financial services, holding positions of leadership at Standard Bank, Capital Alliance and Brait. Mark has had a wide exposure to financial markets previously as Head of the biggest Treasury operation in South Africa and as Chairman of the South African Futures Exchange. He is currently the Chairman and a significant shareholder in the Purple Group. Never without an opinion, and a good story teller, Mark has taken to writing a weekly column in the leading business newspaper in South Africa, the Business Day. He has a regular TV program on his column, "Straight Talk with Mark Barnes" where his challenging opinions are presented. Mark is a regular panellist on "Editing Allowed" a weekly television talk show with the country’s leading business Editors.
Charles completed a BCom Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Cape Town in 1996. For the past 17 years he has been active in derivative financial markets with a strong focus on technology, business development and leadership. Charles was part of the team that pioneered CFD and spread trading in South Africa and in 2000 he led the development of the world’s first fully automated online Spread Trading platform. He was elected to manage GT247.com’s South African operations in 2003 where he was part of the Global Trader Executive. Charles is now responsible for strategically leading the operating business units of the group.
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 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.
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.
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.
Bev graduated from R.A.U (now U.J) 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.