Associates

Prof Tom Park

Tom Park

Tom Park an education adviser on virtual learning systems obtained his B.Sc.; M.Ed. (cum laude); D.Ed. qualifications from Stellenbosch University. Besides his previous managerial experiences as Chair of a large academic department and as Dean of the Faculty of Education, he was also commissioned at Stellenbosch University to develop a cutting-edge virtual learning environment to provide extended learning opportunities for the postgraduate students of the University and to explore the possibilities of using the virtual platform to enlarge the University's footprint through professional partnerships with private sector companies and community engagement projects. He presented papers on technology-enhanced education strategies and virtual learning spaces at numerous international conferences, authored and co-authored academic books and published articles in scholarly journals. As part of his service to different Southern African communities he presented many seminars and workshops on leadership development to a variety of educational leaders, student leaders and managers in the private sector. During his employment at Stellenbosch University he received the prestigious Rector's Award for Excellence on two occasions.

Herman van der Merwe

Herman van der Merwe

Herman van der Merwe is a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the Independent Regulatory Body of Auditors since 1981.  He completed his articles with Vosloo Meintjes and Vermooten (PWC) in Stellenbosch in 1978. He has been a lecturer and professor in Auditing and head of the Department of Accounting at the University of the Western Cape until 1991. He started his own practice in 1991 later merged with Greeff Bosman and Steyn and later renamed it Logista Inc. He served on the European Board of BKR international, an association of independent accounting firms. He left Logista at the end of 2007 to start HVM accountants. He specializes in corporate structuring, taxation, ethics consulting and training of accountants.  He holds a Masters in Accounting (Fringe benefit tax in the public sector) obtained from the Stellenbosch University. He served on the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants Southern Regional Council and also serves on the Small and medium practices committee of SAICA. He is a member of CIMA and serves on many companies' Boards as advisor.

Sonja Frank

Sonja Frank

Sonja obtained a BA LLM (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court during August 1995. She is a member of the South-African Institute for Tax Practitioners and was admitted as a Master Tax Practitioner during August 2008.  She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law at the US (cum laude) in 2010 and obtained an Advanced Diploma in Tax Procedural Law (with distinction) from the International Tax and Finance Institute during 2012. Sonja worked as a Legal Advisor for Nedbank before she joined Exceed Tax and Advisory Services as a Legal & Tax Advisor during 2008. Exceed is part of the Tenk Loubser/ Exceed auditors group. She provided legal and tax advice and written opinions to clients and also managed the Fiduciary Services division of Exceed.  Sonja practices as an attorney at the firm Boy Louw Incorporated from January 2015, a niche corporate firm based in Paarl. 

Prof Barney Jordaan

Barney Jordaan

Barney obtained a BA LLB (cum laude) and LLD from Stellenbosch University. He is an admitted attorney, professor extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University's Graduate School of Business, Head of the USB's Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement and teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Business of UCT. He has had many years of experience in consulting, training and facilitation and has been a practising mediator and arbitrator since 1989. He is certified by the International Mediation Institute and ADR Group (UK) as a civil and commercial mediator of international standing. He is a co-founder and director of a leading labour law and labour relations practice with corporate clients across most sectors of the economy, including telecommunications, shipping, fishing, mining, publishing, retail and manufacturing. He has written extensively on mediation, negotiation and labour law, appears regularly on regional and national radio and is organiser and panel member of the Juta Annual Labour Law update. Barney co-trained the first intake of commissioners of labour dispute resolution body, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and served as part-time senior commissioner between 1996 and 1999. He was professor of law at Stellenbosch University until 1997., where he taught labour law, law of contract and intellectual property law. He is chair of the International Bar Association's Mediation Across Sectors sub-committee, external consultant to the World Bank Group's Office of Mediation Services and board member of the African Mediation Association.

Marí Lategan

Marí Lategan

Marí Lategan resigned as publisher of the Women’s Magazine Division of Media24, part of Naspers, the biggest media group in South Africa, in November 2007 to pursue her career as an independent management consultant. Her responsibility at Media24 included the full value chain of the printed product: managing relationships with advertising clients, designing brand strategies for publications and key partnerships, managing creative, print and distribution teams. She grew her division from three local magazines plus their brand extensions, to 13 magazines in total, including two significant international titles. At Media24, Marí assisted in the establishment of numerous business ventures in Nigeria, Kenya, China and India, and served on significant transformation and steering committees covering strategic, management and change issues. She managed and consulted on the Afrikaans and CEO Synergy Groups of the broader Naspers Group, reporting directly to Managing Director Koos Bekker. Marí has an Hons B Journ (cum laude) and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and is finalising a PhD research proposal on change communication. She established In Context Consulting (www.incontext.co.za) in 2008, and has now shifted her focus back to business consulting and communication training, concentrating on communication and communication processes within an organisational development and change management context. Clients include British American Tobacco, Draftfcb (internal and external brand and change communication strategies for Eskom, Unicef, Western Cape Liquor Board, Santam, Proudly South African), On the Dot, BASS AME (Global), Transnet Portnet, Assmang Iron Ore, Paarl Media Group, Hertex Fabrics, Old Mutual, Maserumule Consulting, Greenwoods Chartered Accountants, Media24 Head Office (consulting directly to the CEO on various strategic issues), Media24 Newspapers and Media24 IT. Key focus areas include change management, business and communication strategy development, facilitation, brand strategy development and implementation design, and all aspects of change communication.

Dr Renata Schoeman

Renata Schoeman

Renata Schoeman a Psychiatrist in private practice completed her Medical degree at the University of the Free State, after which she completed her Honors and Masters in Psychology. She relocated to Cape Town in 2003 and specialized at the Stellenbosch University (MMed and Fellowship Cum Laude) and continued with her PhD that she has completed in 2010. During her post-graduate studies, she trained for a period at Harvard, Boston in neurocognition and neuroimaging. In 2016 she obtained an MBA (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. After a few years as a GP in Bloemfontein, and then working at the Psychiatric Complex of the Free State, she worked at Lentegeur, Stikland and Tygerberg hospitals while specializing. After completion of her specialization, she remained two years in the Dept. of Psychiatry as a consultant/ research fellow, after which she has entered fulltime private practice in 2008. She served as a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Stellenbosch for two years. She is still actively involved in student supervision and research at (mainly) the departments of Psychology, Linguistics, and Chemical Pathology, as well as training of GPs, peers, etc. Renata received numerous awards for academic excellence e.g. NRF Thuthuka, MRC Research Fellowship, Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship, Clinical Research Fellowship at University of Stellenbosch, Harry Crossley Foundation Award, and the American Psychiatric Association/Astra Zeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry (one in 5 worldwide). She Authored/ Co-authored 16 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 1 chapter in an academic book and made numerous congress contributions/ presentations.
Her research experience is varied and includes topics such as cognition and facial processing in schizophrenia, neuropsychological functioning of traumatised adolescents, bilingualism and psychosis, pain and depression, genetics and nutrition, HIV neuropsychology, depression in brain tumours, and social anxiety disorder. She is also actively involved in clinical trials.

Michael Heath

Michael Heath

Michael obtained his B.Com (Accountancy) qualification from the University of Pretoria in 1989 and is a Certified Associate of the Institute of Bankers. He now owns and operates an independent exchange control consultancy based in the Western Cape. The South African Reserve Bank initially employed him in 1990 and then at Commerzbank, Johannesburg in 1995. After that he obtained the foreign exchange licence for BoE NatWest in 1998 and became the Exchange Control Manager of BoE Bank Ltd in 1999. Following their merger with Nedbank in 2002 he was appointed as a Senior Specialist Consultant at Nedbank. As an independent exchange control consultant he now deals with the most complex of exchange control matters. This involves providing transaction-structuring advice, preparing complex applications to the Reserve Bank and liaising with Commercial Banks and Reserve Bank officials. This service is provided to Corporate Clients, Asset Managers, Auditors & Accountants, Tax Specialists, Trust Companies, Non-resident parties and High Net Worth individuals. In particular he has substantial experience in property related transactions, discretionary trusts, foreign direct investments by residents, energy sector transactions, foreign loan funding and funds transfers by non-residents.

Herman Bosman

Herman Bosman

Herman Bosman, B Com (US), CTA (US), CA(SA), is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers who served as an audit engagement partner on listed and other corporate clients with specific focus on insurance, manufacturing, medical, retail, wine and agricultural industries. He was the lead audit partner on listed companies like Distell, Medi-Clinic, Pepkor, Sanlam and Santam. He was also a senior lecturer in accounting at the Stellenbosch University  before joining the firm as a partner.. During his tenure of 38 years with the audit firm he served in the roles of National Technical and Training Director, Regional Assurance Leader and Regional Risk Management Partner. He also served as a member of the firm's International Accounting and Audit Technical Committee, National Governing Board, Regional Executive Committee, Audit and Technical Committee and the Companies Act Technical Group.

Lionel Bourgeois

Lionel Bourgeois

Lionel Bourgeois began his career in the airline industry where he undertook extensive training in Paris in sales and customer relations, which then became his passion.  He was soon promoted to Marketing and Public Relations. Earmarked as an asset in the sales field, Lionel was head hunted by two other foreign airline carriers to develop stronger business ties in the market. While traveling and working abroad, he observed and learnt to appreciate different cultures.  Lionel and his family settled in Cape Town, where he continued to exploit his skills in the sales sector. Again head hunted, Lionel took up the post to establish a new business, with a relatively unknown product, in Cape Town.  He employed and managed a strong and efficient sales team, which surpassed all expectations. Today, Lionel heads VETTA Communication, where his focus is to develop and enable people to grow within themselves and their work. His strength lies in imparting his knowledge on a personalized basis or group intervention, through live televised broadcasts or e-learning programmes.  He is also about to launch and host his own television programme called ‘Jobs out the Box’.

Chris Swartz

Chris Swartz

Christian D Swartz is a consulting water utlization engineer specializing in drinking water treatment and water supply projects, and water reclamation and reuse. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Water Utilization Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He is a registered professional engineer and previously worked at the CSIR as senior research engineer and project manager on numerous projects in the drinking water treatment field. He started his own private consulting engineering practice, Chris Swartz Water Utilization Engineers, in 1991 in Mossel Bay, and later also opened an office in Durbanville, Cape Town. Chris Swartz has more than 28 years’ experience in the water industry. Areas of expertise include project management on water supply projects, evaluation of water treatment technologies, evaluation of water and wastewater treatment plants, water reuse and desalination schemes, risk assessment and risk management, rural water supply, upgrading of water treatment plants, applied research on water supply projects and technologies, and training of water treatment plant managers and superintendents. He is a Senior Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), and a member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), the Institute of Municipal Engineers of South Africa (IMESA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the International Water Association (IWA). Chris has presented numerous Training Courses and Short Courses in the water field. Water and Wastewater Treatment courses were developed and presented to municipalities in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State during the period 1999 up to the present. Courses consist of on-site training courses, intermediate courses, train-the-trainer, management/supervision courses, courses for municipal engineers, and multi-media training courses on water management.

Retha Alberts

Retha Alberts

Retha Alberts CEO of the Shape Business Consultants in Oman holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy: (Stellenbosch University), Diploma in Strategic Leadership Cum Laude (California State University), Diploma for Board Directors’ Development, Diploma in Applied International Management (IFL Business School, Stockholm) as well as a Certificate in Group Facilitation and Consultation (University of South Africa).  She is certified in The 360 Leadership Circle Profiling (TLCP), and  as an Integral Executive and Leadership Coach, as well as internationally accredited (CTT 1 and 2) in Barrett Values Surveys. Retha was a Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business School (1998-2013), Program Director and Learning Process Facilitator for the international BOSAL Master Classes working with the client in the USA, Europe and South Africa (2006-2010), a guest lecturer contracted by AF Consult International in Sweden to teach on their Strategic Management Development as well as on the Applied International Management Programs sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (1998 – 2010). Currently she is also a Part time facilitator / local counsel on the MBA Programme, Strathclyde Business School (Muscat Campus). From 1986 to 1997 she served as Manager: Management Development and Relationship Banking, ABSA Bank, chaired a network for women in ABSA (“ABSANET”) and was the Chairman of the SA Council for Businesswomen from 1997 to1998. During her career with ABSA, she was elected to explore Management and Leadership Development in the USA (Harvard Business School) and in Europe (Ashridge and Insead). Since 1994 Retha has actively been involved with various Black Economic Empowerment initiatives in South Africa. She is the Founder and Director of own businesses: Retha Alberts and Associates, Business Consultants, Cape Town, South Africa and La Vita Nuova Learning & Capacity Building. As a Professional Executive and Leadership Coach, Retha has since 2007 coached approximately 165 individual executives, MBA- and other management students - with measurable results in their performance.  From 2014 she has served as Lead Consultant, Learning & Development, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Muscat Office, where she is responsible to tutor, coach and support all Omani graduates to successfully complete their professional qualifications (ACCA, CIA, CPA, etc.). At PwC Oman she is also managing various projects, such as the PwC-Experience, which focuses on cultural changes and continuous improvement for PwC’s stakeholders.

Jane Wilkinson

Jane Wilkinson

Jane founded LIT Coaching for Leaders in Transition in March 2014 with a specific focus on executive, senior and middle managers.  Her coaching model is practical and performance focused and designed to support leaders who may wish to review their personal resilience capability or their leadership competence generally. Jane was the Group HR Manager and a member of the Group Executive team at Oceana Group Ltd, the largest and only listed fishing company in South Africa. She has 23 years HR generalist experience with international exposure. In 2014 Jane completed her MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) achieving distinctions for both her research report on developing personal resilience through coaching as well as her coaching practice. In 2011 she completed the Certificate in Coaching at USB-Ed achieving a distinction as well as the Director’s award for best student.  Jane also holds a BA (Hons) in Public Administration and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (UK), this being the highest standard of membership available. She is a Master HR Practitioner with the SABPP and a registered member of COMENSA (currently serving on their Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence Committee) and is governed by their code of professional ethics.

Sue Hoare

Sue Hoare

Sue is an Associate of LIT Coaching and Consulting and owns her own Reward & HR consulting firm. She has extensive experience in Human Resources having been in the field for 17 years. She started her career off in HR Administration, and progressed into a generalist HR Manager role. For ten years Sue was responsible for Reward, Performance, Talent and HRIS for Oceana Group Limited, a JSE listed company. She maintained her generalist portfolio during this time being responsible for all aspects of HR for the corporate head office. Her experience encompasses all aspects of Reward. She operated at both a strategic level as well as operational/implementation levels. During her career she was responsible for policy formulation and implementation, job evaluation, role profiling, salary budgeting, salary benchmarking, salary reviews, incentive scheme design and implementation (both short term and long term incentive schemes).  Sue attended the Remuneration Committee meetings which had a significant governance component (King III). She was equally responsible for the design and implementation of the Group’s performance management policy and system, including coordination and tracking of individual performance across the Group. Talent Management principles and succession planning were an integral part of her portfolio. Sue was project lead in the selection and implementation of the Group’s HRIS solution, and subsequent enhancements to extract HR metrics, process automation and reporting from a Group perspective. She was also a member of the Group’s IS steering committee. Sue holds a BA degree through UNISA and completed her IPM diploma through the Institute of People Management. She is accredited with the designation of Chartered Reward Specialist with the South African Reward Association.

Beverley Wharton-Hood

Beverley Wharton-Hood

Beverley Wharton-Hood is CEO of LearnerVersity, an education company which she established that aims to deliver achievable, sustainable, affordable and meaningful education to individuals around the world. Her vision is to bring out the best in people through learning, empowering them to make a difference in the lives of others and to create a better future for all. She studied Education at the University of Witwatersrand and has been an educationalist all her life, starting out as a teacher and then working in the educational publishing industry for the last 25 years. Until the end of July 2016, she was Director of Learning Innovation at Pearson, the largest learning company in the world. At Pearson, she headed up sales teams for 11 years, building teams that excel in relationship building, the ability to understand customer’s challenges and to deliver solutions that help customers solve their problems and achieve their strategic objectives.  In her role as Director: Strategic Development, she explored various tools and methodologies such as Blue Ocean Strategy to radically differentiate Pearson. She worked with senior management and teams to help them apply these methodologies in their strategic planning and implementation.  She has spoken at many conferences and run workshops on delivering effective blended and online learning and using technology as a tool to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  She works with schools, colleges, universities and corporates to help them solve their biggest challenges, which if addressed, will make a significant and positive impact on the lives of individuals. She is passionate about ensuring all people have equal access to quality, affordable and meaningful education and sees education as vital to improving the quality of people’s lives in South Africa. 

Frans Stroebel

Frans Stroebel

Frans Stroebel is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (Cape Province Sector). Formerly he represented South Africa at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva from 1973 to 1977 (acting ambassador from 1976).  He later served as the Chief Executive of WWF-SA from 1981 to 1989 and a founder member of Peace Parks Foundation. From 1990 to 2000 Frans was CEO of SFW, South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits company; after which he was personal assistant to Dr Anton Rupert, also acting as executive trustee of the Rupert family foundations from 2000 to 2007. Frans is currently the Non-Executve Chairman at GivenGain, South Africa and chairman of the Exceed Group.



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