Emma Nel, Principal – Mpumalanga
Emma Nel (CA) is skilled at identifying and managing risk, strategic planning, setting up budgets, optimising cash flow and assessing the feasibility of new projects.
She received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria in 1993. After her honours, she earned a Senior Certificate in Accounting from UNISA in 1995. She did her articles at Pretoria-based accountants and auditors, Malan & Du Preez, as well as at Deloitte.
Professionally, Emma earned her stripes at the Delta EMD group, global manufacturers and suppliers of the Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide (EMD) used in dry-cell batteries.
She worked her way up from being a Management Accountant (1998 – 2000) to Company Secretary/Senior Management Accountant (2000 – 2005), Financial Manager (2005 –2015) and Financial Director for both Delta EMD (Pty) Ltd and Delta EMD Limited (2015 onwards).
During those years, Emma gained invaluable experience in a host of responsibilities, including: tax management, board compliance with JSE listing and statutory requirements, quarterly risk assessments, preparing financial statements, feasibility studies on capital projects, expansions and other new investments, cost controls and optimising cashflow, and implementing financial and other control systems (including the Jarrison Time Keeping system and SYSPRO).
As part of the management team, Emma contributed to strategic decision-making, managed many staff and engaged with middle and senior management on budgets, process challenges, staff management and monthly reports. Her notable achievements at Delta include optimising the financial functions related to good controls and new systems; developing holistic scenario models to help the management team make informed, real-time decisions around risk management and strategic planning; improving cash-flow (by setting up electronic banking systems and CFC accounts for foreign currencies, etc.); and helping with the successful and responsible closure of the company.
After hours, Emma is a doting mother of two who loves long early evening runs.