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RYAN HARSTLIEF

Executive Director
BCOM (Financial MGT), BCOMT (HONS), CA(SA)


As co-founder and managing director, Ryan shares the responsibility for driving the strategic leadership and commercial success of The Affinity Group.

Ryan proudly served his articles at BDO and is a qualified and registered Chartered Accountant. He has over 10 years corporate sector experience in auditing, accounting, financial services, software development and business process outsourcing.

His commercial expertise and industry experience in business systems analysis, business process solutions, call center operations and client services development were achieved during his time served as Group Chief Operations Officer and Director of the Upstream Group of companies, having provided services to the likes of Woolworths Financial Services, MR Price Money, RCS, Direct Axis, Capfin, Truworths and The Foschini Group.

Ryan is married with two children, is a self-professed coffee and food aficionado who is passionate about sports of any kind.

ANDREW PORTMANN

Executive Director
BCOMT (HONS), CA(SA)


Andrew served his articles at BDO in Durban and in 2015 became the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Upstream group of companies.

As the co-founder of the Affinity Group, he is responsible for the financial management and investment success of the business. He has extensive industry sector experience in all financial, investment and risk-based services of business process outsourcing and in the contact centre environment.

Andrew has always lived in Durban, is married and has two children and enjoys playing golf and indoor soccer.

Graham Laubscher

GRAHAM LAUBSCHER

Head Outsourced Legal Services
BCOM (LAW), LLB


As an admitted attorney and conveyancer Graham is responsible for driving the operational success of outsourced legal services for Affinity Solutions.

Graham has accumulated many years of experience covering a range of areas including commercial and company law, insolvency, conveyancing, litigation and arbitration. He has worked with the likes of Easton-Berry Incorporated and is currently serving as the managing director of Laubscher Attorneys Incorporated.

Graham has a passion for truth and is insistent on things being done ‘the right way’. His systematic approach to every transaction ensures that there are no unnecessary delays.

Graham is an outdoor enthusiast and avid waterman, having completed several Dusi Canoe Marathons, with a diverse background of marine adventures under his belt. When he is not in the office he can almost definitely be found on a river or ocean somewhere.

John Hood

JOHN HOOD

Operation Manager
BSc. HONS Business and Management (Accounting)


As Operations manager, John is responsible for the processes in the insolvency arm of the business and the performance of the workforce. He has recently returned to South Africa having gained world class experiences in customer services and international business, predominantly in the UK, Europe and the USA.

John spent over 10 years in the UK Financial Services sector, focussing on the e-commerce industry and went on to set up operations in three U.S. cities. An expansion that was driven by growth during a time when his previous firm received an official European business award – the Rolland d’Honneur, for International Customer Focus. Having experienced rapid international growth alongside Amazon and other e-commerce giants, John has a well-tuned understanding of business process focus for scaling operations to meet the high demands of the mass consumer market.

He was educated in South Africa and the UK and is fortunate to have worked on 3 continents. He is passionate about being active and has been to India to learn and teach yoga.

Leigh Broad

LEIGH BROAD

Head of Compliance: Global Insolvency Services
LLB


As the Head of Compliance of Global Insolvency Services, Leigh is primarily responsible for overseeing compliance within the company, and ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, and policies applicable to the insolvency services provided.

As an admitted attorney Leigh served as a director of Mchunu Attorneys in Johannesburg. She qualified with her LLB law degree from Witwatersrand.

Leigh an avid animal lover and outdoor enthusiast and enjoys reading and mindfulness.