Executive Chairperson of Peotona Group Holdings,
Ms Carolus is the Executive Chairperson of Peotona Group Holdings, a women owned and managed company, that puts back 2/3 of all their profit into communities where they operate and draw their workforce from. This money is used for education and enterprise development in those communities. She is a director on the boards of a number of listed and unlisted companies including De Beers and Investec. She is currently Chairperson of Gold Fields, an international mining company. She also served as Chairperson of the Board of South African Airways. Ms Carolus has also previously held senior leadership positions in the liberation movement in South Africa. She worked closely with Nelson Mandela, and helped to negotiate the new South African constitution. She served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1998 to 2001 and was the CEO of SA Tourism from 2001 to 2004. She was Chairperson of South African National Parks Board for six years. She also works with NGOs focused on young people at risk, conflict prevention and conservation & biodiversity, including Soul City, WWF and International Crisis Group. She was appointed as a trustee of the British Museum by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. In 2014, she was awarded The French National Order of Merit by the Government of France.
Cheryl has a BA Law degree, Bachelor of Education and Honorary Doctorate in Law (for work in Human Rights) – UCT. She is passionate about her family, the arts, hiking, reading and cooking. She has climbed the Mount Kilimanjaro, learnt to tango in Argentina and did her first solo hanglide in Rio de Janeiro.