Cheryl Carolus was appointed a director of Gold Fields in March 2009 and became chair in February 2013. She is also executive chair of Peotona Group Holdings. Ms Carolus is a director of several public and private companies including Investec and De Beers, and she also serves pro bono on non-profit organisations including the World Wildlife Fund and The British Museum. Ms Carolus was South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2004, chair of the South African National Parks board for six years, and chair of South African Airways from 2009 to 2012. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Cape Town for her contribution to freedom and human rights. In 2014, she was awarded the French National Order of Merit by the Government of France.