Ashley Francis


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Ashley Francis has left the finance industry to start his own business the Safricang Group. He  joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) in September 2013 in the interim capacity of 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.

2020 - Present   CEO and Founder Safricang Group
2016 – 2020       Executive Finance Director, UCT
2015 – 2016        Finance Director Designate, UCT
2013 – 2015        Finance Executive, UCT
2011 – 2013        Founder, Ashley Francis Consulting
2005 – 2011        Owner, Managing Director, Biotech Fuels
2001 – 2005        Chief Financial Executive, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
1996 – 2000        Financial Manager, Irvin & Johnson
1993 – 1995        Management Accountant: Fish Processing, Sea Harvest Corp

                              CA (SA), SAICA
                              CTA, University of South Africa
                              B.Acc Science (Honours), University of South Africa


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