Spear REIT: Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard has been the Financial Director of Spear REIT since August 2016.

Christiaan Barnard is a Chartered Accounted (SA) by qualification. He completed his articles at PKF Inc. He then went to work at Grant Thornton as an Audit Senior. Through various family interests he was exposed to the real estate sector at a very young age and understands the demands associated with unlocking value in a real estate environment. Christiaan has experience in audit practices in various industries including Software development and Support, Oil and Gas production and Property REIT Holdings. Christiaan Joined Spear after leaving Grant Thornton LLP (Dallas) and is responsible in overseeing the financial functions for the entire Spear REIT, its subsidiaries and related operations. 

2016 – Present    Financial Director, Spear REIT Ltd
2015 – 2016         Senior Associate, Grant Thornton LLP
2015                       Audit Senior – Sub Contractor, Grant Thornton 
2014                       Audit Senior, Grant Thornton 
2012 – 2013         Audit Clerk, PKF (Cpt.) Inc. 

2007 – 2011         B.Acc, Auditing, Accounting, Tax, Management Accounting,                                          Stellenbosch University.
2002 – 2006         Paul Roos Gymnasium

About Spear REIT Ltd: Spear’s investment portfolio is made up of 31 properties comprising of a well-balanced mix, 3% Residential, 52% Industrial, 14% Retail, 23% Office, 8% Hospitality by Gross Lettable Area (GLA).

The total GLA of the portfolio is 307 000m² of which 49% of the properties are being let to single tenants and 51% to multiple tenants ranging from JSE listed entities to small or medium enterprises.

The geographically specialised portfolio gives Spear REIT the opportunity to focus hands on asset, tenant and portfolio management in the Western Cape. The portfolio presents stable income over the short, medium and long term with a number of redevelopment opportunities that will allow the organic growth and increase of income in the portfolio. 

Spear reported a revenue of R61 million in 2017.