Associates and Advisors

Professor Brian Figaji - Associate

Years of experience in Education and Business

  • Served as one of thirteen members on the Council on Higher Education Size & Shape Task Team, which was commissioned by the Minister of Education
  • Retired as Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Peninsula Technikon
  • Non-executive Chairman of I&J Ltd one of the largest fishing companies in SA.
  • Chairs a group of entrepreneurs operating within the BEE space under the name of MARIB Pty Ltd.
  • Chair of WESGRO the Trade, Tourism and Investment Agency for the Western Cape
  • Past Director of Nedbank Pty Ltd
  • Past Chair of Cape Lime Pty Ltd
  • Past member of the Board of the DBSA (Development Bank of Southern Africa).

Doctor Lionel Louw - Associate

Community and Social Expert and Activist with previous involvement as listed below

  • Registered Social Worker - the Council for Social Service Professions since 1971 until retirement.
  • Board Member, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • President, South African Council for Social Service Professions.
  • Chairperson, Western Cape Foundation for Community Work.
  • Co-ordinator, National Religious Association for Social Development.
  • Executive Committee, South African Council of Churches.
  • Board Member, International Association of Schools of Social Work.
  • Moderator, World Vision International.

Professor Harry Ballard - Associate

Facilitation, all levels of training and development, consulting, leadership, all facets of management, research, strategic planning, operational planning, mentoring, curriculum design and development.

  • 14 years local government (1976 – 1991)
  • 2 years Deloitte Consulting (1991/2)
  • 24 years Cape Peninsula University of Technology(1993 onwards)

Oliver Seale - Associate

Extensive leadership and management experience in strategic planning, administrative systems, programme and project management, business development and stakeholder management in various organisations

  • Doctor of Philosophy – (HE Leadership Development)
  • Masters in Higher Education Studies (Governance, Leadership and Management)
  • Bachelor Business Administration Business Management and Industrial Psychology)
  • Lead and manage the design and implementation of the HE Leadership and Management Programme (HELM) for Universities South Africa
  • Lead and manage the design and implementation of the National Graduate Destination Project (NGDP) for Universities South Africa in terms of planning, fundraising, partnerships, stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Lead and manage the review and revision of the institutional and academic policies for a private higher education institution
  • Manage and support the planning and implementation of ‘insourcing’ at public universities for Universities South Africa (USAf)
  • Manage and support the development of an online research management handbook for the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)
  • Design and co-facilitate a Grant Writing Workshop at the University of Limpopo for SARIMA

Brian Dolton - Associate

Extensive experience in management specialising in human resources and talent development.

  • Years of individual and corporate coaching
  • Years of experience in The Predictive Index Psychometric test
  • Coaching and mentoring of managers and staff
  • Individualised development plans for managers and staff

Jacques Myburgh - Associate

Full time coach

  • Formal coaching started 2008
  • Business Coaching and Executive Coaching, with a strong focus on transition coaching.
  • COMENSA Credentialed Practitioner (CCP), WCMYB-2118-CCP, a SAQA recognised professional coaching designation
  • COMENSA member since 2010
  • Chairperson of the COMENSA Research Portfolio Committee since 2015
  • Licensed HeartMath® Coach

Doctor Shadrick Mazaza - Associate

Seasoned Academic with strong Leadership focus

  • Dr Mazaza is a Senior Lecturer, healthcare management and leadership at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
  • Is the GSB co-convener of the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme, a joint post graduate diploma course in healthcare management with the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT.
  • Board member of the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) for the past ten years
  • Deputy President of the South African Academy of Family Physicians
  • Coaching of Individuals on the GSB Leadership programme and Oliver Tambo Fellowship attendees.

Carol Richards - Associate

Clinical Psychologist and Executive coach

  • Currently in 7th year of training to become a psychoanalyst (comm. 2010)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (cum laude): Unisa (April 2004)
  • Board Certified Coach, Centre for Credentialing & Education, Greensboro, USA
  • CoachTrax Business Coaching Course (GIBS)
  • Certificate in Career & Executive Coaching, Unisa
  • New Coach Orientation, Centre for Creative Leadership
  • Advanced Practicum in Coaching Competencies
  • Coaching for Stress Management
  • Post Graduate course in Working with Groups, accredited by the Institute of Group Analysis, London, UK
  • Registered facilitator and assessor with ETDP SETA
  • A certified provider of the following assessments: Bar-On EQ; Workplace Big 5; EQ-i; OPQ; MBTI 1 & 2. As a CCL coach, Carol is also familiar with the FIRO-B, Change Style Indicator and Benchmark 360.
  • Comensa accredited

Linda de Vries - Associate

Linda has had many years of corporate and retail management experience and has always been a proponent of a coaching and training within the workplace.

Over her time in management she has developed a coaching system designed to get the best results from everyone from line staff to senior management. Eventually, coaching and training became her main career and Linda moved to Cape Town 6 years ago to fulfill her ambitions to become a full time coach and trainer using the knowledge and experience that she gained in Industry.

Linda is currently the President of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) having served previously on both the Executive and Ethics committees. Her passion is to see people grow and develop at all levels within the work place.

Debbie Pearmain - Associate

Debbie Pearmain is an independent legal consultant. She has more than 20 years of wide ranging, legal working experience in the private and public health sectors in South Africa.

Her qualifications are BA and LLB degrees from WITS and a doctorate in law from the University of Pretoria. Her areas of legal expertise include constitutional law, law of contract, law of delict, intellectual property law, and administrative law. In addition she drafted various legislation and regulations including the National Health Act, the Traditional Health Practitioners Act and the Medicines Pricing Regulations under the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

She is the South African expert on the law of medical schemes in South Africa and has written a textbook for use by principal officers, brokers, boards of trustees and other stakeholders entitled “The Law of Medical Schemes in South Africa” published by Juta. She also wrote together with Professor Pieter Carstens of the University of Pretoria a legal textbook entitled Foundational Principles of South African Medical Law, published by LexisNexis.

Debbie has at various times served by Ministerial appointment on the Council for Medical Schemes, the Medicines Pricing Committee, the National Research Ethics Council and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance.

Ency Litsoane - Associate

Motivational Speaker

Life began for Ency (Samkelisiwe) in Swaziland. She came to South Africa in 1993 to further her studies in Midwifery, Psychiatry, Nursing and Community Development.

On her journey to empower and educate herself, she realized that although the investment in herself was worthwhile and could be measured by the accumulated certificates she was acquiring… her wallet was not reflecting this and was being depleted and looking rather lean. Never minimizing the value of education, she realized that she wanted more and wanted to make a difference... and believed money could be part of that equation.

Discovering the world of Direct Selling gave her a key and turned her world around. Steven Covey’s words from ’Success from Home’, helped to open the door. “Direct Selling is an Entrepreneurial opportunity where people can use their passion towards a greater good.”

Working since 2001 in the DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY through the network marketing channel, has given Ency new direction, making her break out the box and face the challenge of a bigger world. New lessons to learn - Products, Compensation Plans… and most importantly, learning to communicate and share the business opportunity with people she had never met.

Sharon van der Westhuizen - Associate

Sharon is chief executive officer of Specialist Research and heads up our research operation. She has 20 years experience in qualitative and quantitative market research, and a level of expertise that equips her to interview decision-makers and policy-setters at the highest levels within the private and public sector.

Sharon is actively involved in analysis and in designing and writing reports. She presents our findings to corporate clients with special emphasis on individual client needs and assists our corporate clients with strategic planning and implementation of research findings.

Philippe Bakahoukoutela - Associate

Philippe is currently Head of marketing at the Black Management Forum Western Cape, a professional organisation and associate consultant for a number of Consultancy Firms both locally and in Africa.

He’s also the Founder of African Vision Investment Consulting, an investment Facilitation Consultancy Firm focusing on advisory services to companies expanding to Francophone Africa with representation in Cote d’ivoire, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and Senegal.

He recently started an organization called Executive@work and serve as its Executive Chairman. Executive@work is a platform for senior executives to coach and mentor young professionals and further share their experiences and skills with them.

It is a career development initiative focusing on the emancipation and development of young professionals and professionals through personal branding and transformation, coaching, mentorship and scenario planning.

He’s a graduate of Stellenbosch Business School and the IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia (Europe) and an active member of the South African Institute of International Affairs and has written numerous papers on trade matters

Marion Stone - Associate

Marion is an experienced independent performance consultant that assists small and medium sized organisations to reach their goals by unlocking the motivation and performance of their employees. She believes in building connections between people and the organisation and her consultancy, Cornerstone Connections, offers performance consulting, facilitation and training that builds high performance.

Her key focus areas include creating performance management processes that drive engagement and business results, developing managers out of technical specialists, facilitating teams to high performance and implementing behavioural feedback processes. At the start of her career, Marion worked as a process engineer within the manufacturing sector, but her interest in people led her into a technical training role. Her work then expanded to include developing organisational development solutions that improve performance.

Emerging from her diverse background is a practical approach and a real commitment to making a difference to individuals and the business. She has worked in South Africa, UK and Europe as a manager and a consultant in various business sectors from manufacturing to financial services. Her articles appear in HR publications and she regularly presents topics at the Chamber of Commerce and other industry organisations.

Marion holds a first degree in chemistry (UCT) and an M.Sc. in Strategic Training and Development (University of Surrey Roehampton). She is accredited by the South African Board for People Practices as a Chartered HR Practitioner.

ec@ps - Associate

A simple one page strategic plan executed through an on-line performance management system

ec@ps is delivered in a practical interactive session that produces a One Page Strategic Plan, together with supportive Individual Performance Plans. The web based execution system ensures the process is monitored and results are achieved. Any existing Strategic Plan or Balanced Scorecard can be incorporated into the ec@ps model with ease.

In addition ec@ps provides an on-line performance management system that allows for electronic job descriptions that focus on key performance areas and success measures. The tool allows for setting appraisal periods, monthly self-performance monitoring and an effective electronic formal appraisal process with reporting capabilities.






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