Peregrine Holdings: Claire Coward

Claire Coward has been the chief financial officer of Peregrine Holdings since 1 June 2018.

Claire was appointed as an executive director and chief financial officer of Peregrine Holdings since 1 June 2018. She worked on the Peregrine audit as the technical partner when she was with PKF / Grant Thornton – so she was already familiar with the team and business when she joined them. Before joining Peregrine, Claire was the group corporate finance executive and group technical executive of financial reporting at Massmart, where she was responsible for heading up group treasury, corporate finance, group reporting to the market as well as supporting the group on financial accounting related matters. She was also involved in investor relations. Prior to joining Massmart, she was an audit and technical director, and the sustainability reporting director at PKF / Grant Thornton. 

Work 
2018 – Present    Chief Financial Officer, Peregrine Holdings Ltd
2016 – 2018         Group Corporate Finance Executive, Massmart
2014 – 2016         Group Technical Executive – Financial Reporting, Massmart
2011 – 2014         Partner – Technical Financial Reporting, Grant Thornton LLP
                                Articles, PWC

Education
                                CA(SA)
2002 – 2005         B.Com, Honours, Financial Accounting, WITS

About Peregrine Holdings: Peregrine is a leading financial services Group providing individuals and institutions with investment management solutions in wealth and alternative assets. The Group focuses predominantly on operating financial services businesses in South Africa and internationally, with an appropriate and sustainable B-BBEE shareholding, directly into its South African businesses, via Peregrine SA Holdings. 

Through its various subsidiaries, the Group has expertise in private clients’ wealth management, global funds-of-funds, single manager hedge funds, broking & structuring, trusts services, property investments, corporate finance, as well as foreign exchange and treasury management.

The Group is listed on the JSE under the Financial Services Sector and as at September 2017, had a market capitalisation of R6.6 billion and held responsibility for R109 billion in total gross assets under management and/or administration/advice. 

Peregrine has an international footprint spanning South Africa, the UK and the Channel Islands and it employs over 700 individuals worldwide.