Roger Williams MD & Chief Investment Officer – B. Econ. Sc. (Hons), CFA
Roger displayed entrepreneurial flair from a young age setting up a business at the age of 15 and investing the savings in the stock market. Whilst studying Actuarial Science at university he became fascinated by the science of card counting becoming an accomplished blackjack player from which he retired at the age of 22 to travel the world and then move into the far more exciting world of financial markets.
He worked for 4 years at Liberty Asset Management, firstly as an equity analyst and then as part of a four member team responsible for managing R30bn in assets. At the age of 29 he set up Centaur Asset Management.
He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from over 30 years of investment experience, and has been instrumental in developing Centaur Asset Management’s unique investment models, giving the company the ability to outperform the stock market.
Laing has managed his own investment portfolio from the age of 16 and was awarded an Allan Gray Valuation prize during his Masters in 2017. His ambition is evident in his pursuit for stock analysis and picking. He’s been invited to enrol in a PhD in Finance. Laing joined Centaur in November 2017 and is head of research. Prior to joining, he worked at Sygnia Asset Management and Merchantec Capital.
Jacques Haasbroek Assistant Portfolio Manager – CA (SA), CFA
Jacques joined the team in January 2017 and has always been fascinated by investments and financial markets. Prior to joining Centaur, Jacques completed his CA (SA) articles at Deloitte in Cape Town specializing in Financial Services and worked as an equity analyst at Aylett & Co. Jacques obtained his undergraduate as well as Honours degree in Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch. He is responsible for equity analysis and portfolio management.
Nick De Vos Analyst – B. Com. Hons (Fin. Analysis)
Nick joined Centaur in July 2020, prior to this Nick spent 4 years as an analyst at a Johannesburg-based hedge fund. He has completed the CFA program and holds an honours degree in Financial Analysis from the University of Stellenbosch. A provincial swimmer in his youth, and avid traveler in later years. These days Nick prefers outdoor activities such as fly-fishing to spend his time when not in search of great investment ideas.
Mick has always been attracted to the pioneering spirit seen in business and financial markets. His years of trading experience as well as his B. Com Investment Management degree led to him joining Centaur in October 2011. He is responsible for equity trading and quantitative analysis.
Kirsty Dale Head of Operations & Client Services – BA Psychology (Hons), Post Grad. Diploma in Business Management
Before joining Centaur in March 2015, Kirsty spent 5 years in London building up experience in the financial services sector, specifically in accounting and property funds. She has 7 years of investment management experience and along with her considerable psychology background, she brings a unique skill-set, great passion and efficiency to the team, especially in her relationships with our clients.
Megan joined Centaur in June 2016 with 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Her organisational psychology degree has equipped her with a profound understanding of people, and coupled with her positive attitude makes her a vital part of the client services team.
Chris Acheson Marketing – BA Creative Brand Communications (Digital Media)
In the mid-2000s Chris completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Brand Communications. By age 25 he had worked up to studio manager of an 8-person graphic design studio in Cape Town. Chris has 13 years experience specialising in online advertising, graphic design, video editing and web development. He joined Centaur in 2018 to focus marketing efforts in both online and traditional marketing media.
Samantha Williams PR
Samantha studied advertising and marketing. At 25 she joined forces with two partners to create her own interior design company which did major installations for blue chip clients such as MultiChoice and Barloworld. Her current position is to increase market awareness of Centaur as well as assisting with client liaison.