Biography of Phumla Williams


Ms Phumla Williams is the acting Chief Executive Officer of the GCIS. She holds a degree in public administration and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of South Africa. Her additional qualifications include a certificate in public sector finance from the University of Stellenbosch.

Prior to being appointed deputy CEO in 2009, Ms Williams served as Director: Finance and later as chief financial officer of GCIS between 1998 and 2009. She worked in the ANC before joining government in 1995, and was based in Swaziland and Mozambique during the 1980s. During her time there, Ms Williams visited a number of countries performing ANC duties.

After the unbanning of political parties in 1990, she briefly worked for the non-governmental organisations Matla Trust and the Association of Ex Political Prisoners.

Between 1991 and 1994 she was at the ANC head office working as an administrator in the organising department and the Department of Information and Publicity. Ms Williams’ 17 years work experience in both provincial and national government has provided her with extensive experience in governance issues in the public service.