Curro Holdings: Bernardt van der Linde

Bernardt van der Linde has been Financial Director of Curro Holdings since January 2011. He is also an Executive Director of Curro Holdings.

Mr. Bernardt van der Linde is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Curro Holdings Ltd. Bernardt is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder. He completed his articles and remained as Manager in the Financial Services (Banking) division of PwC until 2005. Thereafter he joined Finweek as writer and Head of Companies and Markets. Bernardt joined the PSG Group during 2007 where he has been part of the executive team at Paladin. Bernardt is or has been a Non-Executive Director on the boards of various PSG Groups and Paladin investment companies. Bernardt joined the Curro Board during 2009 as a non-executive director and became Chief Financial Officer during 2011. He is an experienced Finance Director with a demonstrated history of working in the education management and financial services industry. Strong finance professional skilled in Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Managerial Finance, External Audit, and Accounting.

2011 – Present    Financial Director, Curro Holdings
2007 – 2010        Research Accountant, PSG
2009 – 2009        Executive, Paladin Capital
2001 – 2004        Auditor/ Manager, PwC

1997 – 2000        B.Com, Accounting, University of Pretoria
2000 – 2001        B.Com (Hons)

About Curro: Curro Holdings Ltd develops, acquires and manages independent schools in South Africa, making quality independent school education accessible to more learners throughout the country. The company will reach 80 schools by 2020 accommodating 80 000 learners from three months old to Grade 12. Curro Holdings also owns and manages the Embury Institute for Teacher Education. As at 31 December 2016 there were 127 schools operating across 54 campuses with 47 589 learners. As per the 2016 integrated report, there are 4 990 employees and revenue of R1.761 billion.

Curro is firmly of the view that the purpose of education is to empower every person with the opportunity to achieve their potential as individuals and members of society. Education is one of the cornerstones of society, providing the main strategic thrust to long-term South African development.?