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I am a highly motivated and energetic educator, freelance consultant and change agent with a wealth of experience in creating organisational learning.
Coming from a staunch educational background (I was trained as a teacher of mathematics and practiced for a number of years in the UCT Education faculty in the teacher development arena), I really understand how learning happens, and especially adult learning.
I have been involved in program design and program direction at a number of South African business schools, including a P G Diploma program for CIO’s; a P G Dip Program for school Principals and an AIM level program for mine employees. I have fulfilled the role of program and academic director of a flagship leadership program for FirstRand Group and a large number of senior and middle management development action learning programs for Eskom and I have been responsible for a 5 year development program of senior talent at Bank Windhoek. I have designed and successfully delivered over 500 action-learning programs at various institutions and organisations, some of these with big organizational outcomes.
My key strength is the ability to understand the required outcomes and weave a design of content and activity in a way that creates optimal and sustained learning.
All my work revolves around leadership, learning and development, change management, organisational change and project implementation, all of which I believe are intricately intertwined. Most importantly I love working with people, challenging their worldviews and ultimately seeing their delight with their own learning, progress and the acknowledgement they receive from their organisations..
My research interests are organisational resilience and learning, and my interventions add value to organisations by effecting action that I believe is the key to sustainability. Some of my successes have involved large-scale strategy rollouts, organisational restructuring, corporate culture transformation work, and the commercialisation of business units.
I enjoy writing, both formal business writing and writing for myself, journaling, poetry, small booklets.
I am a keen open water swimmer and I have completed two Robben Island crossings, as well as a number of short fun swims and races.
My (mostly happy) clients include Nedbank SA, ABSA Bank SA, Mutual and Federal (South Africa) Glasgow Housing Association (Scotland), NBC Bank (Tanzania), Bank Windhoek, CEDA (Botswana), the First Rand Group SA, Santam Short term Insurers, Eskom, Parceval Pharmaceuticals and Anglo Gold Ashanti.