Geoffrey was born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa in 1950 and educated at Kingswood College in Grahamstown. He graduated from Rhodes in 1973 with a B.Com and from Natal University in 1975 with an LLB and immigrated to the UK in 1987.
Geoffrey began his working life as a lawyer and then moved into merchant banking. In 1982 he along with GT Ferreira, Laurie Dippenaar and Paul Harris, became one of the founding directors of Rand Merchant Bank Limited where he remained as executive director until he immigrated to the UK in 1987. He has served on numerous boards.
Geoffrey founded Sharp Interpack Limited, a UK food packaging manufacturing company which, by 2010 when it was sold to Groupe Guillin SA, had captured more than 60% of the UK food packaging market.
On 14 April 2012 Rhodes University conferred on Geoffrey the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. In 2013 he was made Life President of Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Oxford Philomusica). In recognition of his being a considerable benefactor of Trinity College Oxford and Oxford University, Geoffrey was elected an Honorary Fellow at Trinity College, and made a member of the senior common room of Christ Church and a member of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors of Oxford University. Geoffrey’s main interest remains education and through his private company, Anglo Suisse Investments Limited, he has supported various UK registered educational institutions. He spends much of his time in charitable work helping disadvantaged children; Geoffrey is a Patron of the Sparrow Schools Foundation in Johannesburg, which provides remedial and special needs education to disadvantaged children between the ages of 7 and 14
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