Ashley has been with the university since 2013 and serves on various boards within UCT.
University of Cape Town executive finance director Ashley Francis has been nominated for the 2020 CFO Awards, which will take place on 25 November.
At the annual ‘Oscars for South African finance professionals’, which are now entering their seventh year, CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions are recognised and rewarded for their outstanding performance and leadership.
Ashley joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) in September 2013 as an interim finance executive. In 2015, he was selected as the finance director designate and assumed the official executive finance director position on 1 January 2016, making him the first black FD of UCT since its establishment in 1918. He also serves as a member of the finance, risk, joint venture, remuneration, and intellectual property advisory committees. He is also responsible for managing the university’s risk, procurement and commercial development portfolios.
In 2011 he founded Ashley Francis Consulting. Prior to this, he was the owner and MD at Biotech Fuels, a chief financial executive at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, financial manager at Irvin & Johnson, and management accountant of fish processing at Sea Harvest Corporation respectively.
He is a qualified CA(SA) with a CTA and a bachelors in accounting science degree from the University of South Africa.