Johnathan Dillon

Programme Team

Head of School

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

My alma mater

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and University of Cape Town (UCT)

Personal and professional goals

To be genuine, committed and caring in all spheres of life; making a positive difference to people, situations and communities along my journey

A relevant achievement or accomplishment – including professional and other qualifications
  • Honours Tie award for outstanding contribution to the development of the Chartered Accounting profession
  • Finalist in SAICA’s Top-35-under-35 competition in the Academic category
Overview of qualifications, skills and areas of expertise
  • MCom in Finance, CA(SA)
  • Experience spanning academia, corporate (CFO) and consulting roles – specialising in management accounting & financial management
Why are you proud to be a part of the CA Connect team?

We make a positive difference in the lives of prospective professional accountants, not just with teaching but also in how we work, as a high-performance team, and live out our values

Which of the CAC Values appeal to you the most and why? (Real, Care, Learn)

Care – this is the heart behind all that is done and talks to how we truly value people

Explain if and why education has the power to change South Africa?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Education empowers people to be and do more. It frees people from poverty and “levels the playing fields” of life.

What does the CA(SA) qualification represent to you?

It helps me to not have to explain to others that I’m competent and can be trusted within the world of finance and opens doors.

If you think of the word “successful,” who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Nelson Mandela – he never gave up fighting for what he believed could be achieved despite immense adversity, which was ultimately for the benefit of everyone.

If you could put up a saying on a banner that was displayed around the country, what would it say and why?

There are no shortcuts to sustained success

What does the future of education look like to you?

Successful education going forward requires passionate teachers who are flexible, doing what is best for their students.

If you had to define the role of a “teacher”, what would it say?

A teacher guides students along their learning journey, as best possible for their success.