1. Managing Director
  2. Managing Director
  3. Managing Director

At FINANCE SPEC, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and personal approach to all of our clients by investing time into genuinely understanding what you or your company require. We cater to all businesses; whether you are an individual or a multifaceted organisation, our team effectively collaborate to provide service excellence.
Meet The Team
  1. Gareth Ducler
  2. Damon Pronk
  3. Samantha Cheesman
Partner Chartered Accountant

Gareth boasts a wealth of knowledge, which he has gained over the years and can now offer to his clients. Qualifying in 2006 as a Chartered Accountant, Gareth worked as a Financial Manager for a global group of energy and petrochemical companies and also assisted in the start up of a successful accounting firm prior to Finance Spec. Gareth is an avid sports and family man. His motto is simple: Everything at a fast pace, lift your game, keep up and stick with us!
Partner Chartered Accountant

Damon qualified as a Chartered Account in 2006 and has held several management roles over the course of his professional career, which includes industries such as Print/Media, Steel, Property and Finance. Damon has experience with medium sized family owned companies to large JSE listed firms. He is a family man who loves to play golf when he can. He maintains his passion for rugby since his early days of captaining in Glenwood High School, by playing for the Crusaders today as a flank.
Chartered Accountant |
Company Manager

Sam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008. She served her articles at PKF Durban, where she stayed on for a year as an Audit Manager. Sam then lived in London for four years where she worked at PKF (UK) LLP as a Technical Training Manager. On return to South Africa at the end of 2011, she worked as the Financial Manager for a listed electrical wholesaler. Sam has two beautiful children who she enjoys spending time with.
  1. Michelle Thurston
  2. Erika Quinn
  3. Jane Spilsbury
Personal Assistant

Michelle is a sociable and loveable person. Her interests are singing, cooking, socializing, motorsports and gym. She enjoys spending quality time with her son, friends and family.
She works hard and loves her job. Her past working experiences have been in the FMCG corporate environment that have trained her to be the person that she is today.
Personal Assistant to Gareth Ducler

Erika has extensive experience in administration for almost 20yrs. Including, but not limited to HR , Payroll, Client Services, Creditors and Debtors  and with a Certificate in Executive Secretarial Studies. She is passionate about her job and finds pride in the work she delivers.
Personal Assistant to Damon Pronk

She is am a strong, compassionate, outgoing and independent woman.
Her interests includes dancing, music and socializing. She loves spending quality time with
her family and friends. Her past work experience in the agricultural environment as well as
hard work and dedication has made her who she wanted to be today.
Accounting Department
  1. Candice Sauerman
  2. Cheryl Harmse
  1. Susan Zaayman
    Accounts Department Manager  

Candice is one of Finance Spec's Senior Bookkeepers and has a wealth of experience in the Entertainment, Hospitality and Financial sectors. She completed her BCom (Fin Man) at UNISA in 2009. As a youngster Candice and her brother both competed in BMX racing, her brother went on to gain a world ranking in his world career, but she chose the wise route of professional accounting. 

Cheryl completed her B.Acc at the University of the Free State in 2003 and since then has worked in a number of industries, including a micro brewery as the Financial Manager. Cheryl is not scared of a challenge and is the daredevil of the team. When asked why she chose a career in accounting her answer was simple; "I find it easy".

Susan joined Finance Spec’s Bookkeeping Team in August 2016. She has over 15 years bookkeeping experience in the Corporate and Hospitality Industry, both locally and abroad, during which time she obtained various Diplomas in Bookkeeping and Practical Accounting.
  1. Merissa Penny
  2. Brad McLeary

Merissa, worked as a part-time bookkeeper, as well as a beauty therapist, whilst studying toward her Bcompt degree at Varsity College and UNISA, which she completed in 2011. She is a dedicated bookkeeper at Finance Spec as she pursues her dream of becoming a qualified CA (SA). 


Brad started at Finance Spec in October 2015. He completed his BCom at UKZN in 2009, with majors in Finance and Economics. After gaining experience in the fields of Education, Banking and Financial services he decided to pursue a career in accounting. Since joining Finance Spec he has started working towards completing his CGMA qualification through CIMA. 
...Month end is approaching, KEEP CALM and keep on accounting.
Audit Department
  1. Candice Nell
  2. Mandy Branken
  3. Daryn Terry
Audit Manager

Candice has completed her Articles, and has a thorough understanding of auditing principles. She completed her BCom degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She enjoys a challenge and takes pride in what she does. She is passionate in her belief of doing unto others as you would have done unto yourself.

Mandy, served her Articles for 5 years and completed them in 2014. She has recently completed her BCom degree through UNISA and is passionate about furthering her studies. Mandy is a family orientated person and enjoys a good braai with family and friends.

Daryn completed 5 years articles in December 2015 and is dedicated to obtaining the CA (SA) title. He is passionate about accounting and auditing as well as ensuring that the client receives excellent customer service. Daryn is very family orientated and enjoys spending downtime with his wife, family and friends.
  1. Ryan Smith
  2. Justin Ducler
  1. Chris Walthew

Ryan has completed his Articles, partially at BDO, and obtained his BCompt (Honours)(CTA) through UNISA in 2010. He has also shown a flare for computer technology, having partially completed a BSc in Computer Science before crossing over to Accounting. Ryan is still keenly pursuing the dream of qualifying as a CA (SA). 


After taking a break from his studies and Articles to explore the Entrepreneurial universe, Justin is now fired up to grab that elusive CA (SA) title. Justin has vast experience in Hospitality and also has experience in the running of his own businesses, including eCommerce and telecommunications. The skill sets Justin has learned from strong service-oriented industries has taught him that you, as the customer, are the number one priority. 

Chris completed his articles in 2016 and is currently pursuing a CA(SA).
He enjoys auditing and finds the unique tailoring required for each client makes the industry interesting and dynamic.
In his spare time he enjoys paddling on his surf ski or spending time with friends and family.
...There's only one way to make Balance Sheets work. Don't make any mistakes!
Tax Department
  1. Sam van der Merwe
  2. Michelle Robson
Tax Manager

Sam has a passion for taxation and the fast paced kick that comes with it, she has been working in the accounting and taxation environments for more than 11 years with a vast range of experience within and around the running of a productive Tax Department. She is driven by giving the best service possible and tackling a challenge is something she finds motivating.
Tax Administration

Michelle has worked in a number of fields from the Motor Industry to Corporate Gifts & Events. She has a Diploma in Graphic Design & Digital Publishing. She enjoys painting, loves the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.  She is always up for a challenge and to experience
new things.
  1. Craig Funnell
  2. Jennai Davies
Tax Consultant

Craig worked at SARS for 20 years as a Vat Auditor and Special Tax Investigator.  He also worked in conjunction with the SAPS Commercial Crime Unit and State Prosecutors to finalise cases. Golf, soccer, bowls and tennis are his favourite sports that he enjoys playing with family and friends. Watching rugby with a bunch of mates is his favourite time out.
Tax Consultant

Jennai has been part of the Finance Spec Team for just over a year now and she has fitted in with ease. She enjoys tackling individual tax queries and with 9 years’ experience, in her back pocket, in the Tax and Payroll fields she is always ready to assist and give SARS a run for their money. Jennai enjoys nothing more than spending time with her friend and family and most of all her adorable Bulldog, Titan.
Payroll Department
  1. Sharene Kymdell
  2. Lynette Robson
Payroll Manager

Sharene is an all-rounder at Finance Spec. She has worked in many diverse environments from Corporate, Construction and Engineering. She loves a challenge and is always keen on learning more. Sharene loves walking, reading and spending time with her family whom she holds dear to her heart.
Payroll Administration

Lynette has lived and worked
overseas for several of years after completing her diploma in PC Engineering and studying Sports management in the UK. She has worked across a wide spectrum of industries and has been working in the accounting sector for the past 8 years.
Business Accounts
  1. Nicola Blunt
  2. Chris Ducler
Company Secretary

Nicola started working with Finance Spec since March 2015. She has extensive administrative experience,  having worked in the Finance, Recruitment and Music industries in various positions, gaining her valuable experience. Nicola is dedicated, hardworking and always willing to learn. 

Business Accounts Manager

Chris was a Regional Manager for Nedbank, Coming from the Financial Sector with over 34 years of experience. He started mountain biking with Gareth's encouragement, being an avid mountain biker himself. It's important to note that dynamite comes in small packages, so don't ever let your accounts get overdue.
  1. Rolland Mupandawana
Driver | Courier

Rolland hails from Harare where he attained his Marketing Diploma. He worked as a document clerk for the then famous OK Bazaars and came to South Africa in 2007. He's worked predominantly in the Hospitality and Call centre industries and today is responsible for getting us and our documents safely to and from their destinations.

Is This You?
Fancy a career at Finance Spec?

  1. YOU
Finance Spec is always looking for talented young professionals wanting to pursue a career in accounting. If you are keen to be a part of our team, please send us a copy of your CV and a covering letter highlighting some of your strengths and what makes you stand out.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.