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PC Finance Research is staffed by Charles Hattingh, the managing member and tea boy, Colette Spear, who is in charge of our website, marketing, address database and collections and Jade Spear, who is in charge of bookings, logistics and Hedgehog.


Charles Hattingh

After failing the CA (SA) qualifying examination in 1962, he achieved the top spot in the 1963 examination.  A year was spent working for 20th Century Fox, part of which was in Kenya, three years with the Industrial Development Corporation as an investigating accountant and two years with UAL, Anglo American’s merchant banker at the time.  In 1968 he embarked on a mission to help candidates who had failed the QE.  During the off season he assisted Unisa CTA candidates with their studies.  Thirty years later he moved on.


In 1993 he decided to write the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations and spent four years immersed in the study of this discipline.  He qualified in 1997.


He joined the Accounting Practices Committee in 1995 as the representative of the users of financial statements and was appointed to chair the International Accounting Standards Harmonisation Committee a year later.  He sat on most sub-committees of the APC, attended one IASC meeting (a week in Malaysia), and was an alternate member of the Accounting Practices Board.  He presented the annual SAICA accounting update workshops over a period of six years.


He is now "semi-retired" and focuses on educating, empowering and supporting DIY investors from all walks of life.


Colette Spear

Colette is responsible for the Mafiabuzz website and she is Charles’ eldest daughter. She has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and is currently studying her Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching.  She's been working for PC Finance Research for the past 24 years.


Jadely Spear

Jadely is Colette's daughter and, by default, Charles' favourite and only granddaughter. After matriculating she ran a Tax department at a small auditing firm and wrote up the books at a legal firm. In 2014 she received her B.Com Marketing Management Degree from Unisa and in 2015 she received her honours in Financial Planning through the University of the Free State. This is her 13th year of working at P C Finance Research.