Coach Profiles

Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson
Executive Business Coach

I have been involved in coaching for over 25 years. My focus is primarily particularly on leadership issues, since I had the good fortune to have been specifically trained as a leader in my early career, and to hone my skills surrounded by understanding followers. We shared a common desire for me to excel as a leader since we were all literally in the same boat! (see below) 

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I spent 20 years as an officer in the British Royal Navy, mainly in the submarine service, where I had the privilege of commanding a submarine which completed the longest recorded war patrol ever - in the Falklands campaign of 1982. This was followed by a spell as a Senior Executive with British railways at the time of transition from nationalised to private companies. 

In 1998 I founded Change Partners - a pioneer in the executive coaching field in South Africa. I have also worked for several non-profit organisations over the past 30 years. All of which has given me an understanding of a wide swathe of leadership roles.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

My professional career, my professional standards and approach, and my passion for the benefits I can offer to our clients.

I have a flexible approach, based around my leadership experiences over a 50-year career, and my coaching expertise honed over the past 25 years, which I can apply to the benefit of an individual or team growth through facilitation, coaching or consulting.

Ashwin Rajah
Executive Coach

My vision is to have impact on leaders and businesses that result in long-term benefits. I use proven tools and methods to bring structure and insights to complex leadership and business challenges.   We will work together towards achieving real, practical and successful outcomes so that you may gain clarity and focus, and make decisions to improve performance. 

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I have over 25 years of blue chip corporate experience, with local and multinational businesses.  

I have worked in senior leadership roles, have been a member of business Excos and lead teams from 5 to 180 people.  My experience is deep; my core industries are banking, insurance, professional services, resources and technology.  

My experience has lead to my ability to navigate the ambiguity, contradiction, stress and uncertainty that is pervasive in our roles.  

 

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

I am a member of the Centre for Executive Coaching through which I trained as an Executive Coach as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation.  I am also a Chartered Accountant and a member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.  I also hold a BSc in Technology.  

I have always had strong strategic acumen and the ability to simplify complex problems, to a state where solutioning is possible.  

 

Gerrie de Villiers executive coach johannesburg
Gerrie de Villiers
Executive Coach

I am a seasoned 1-on-1 executive coach. My coaching is a safe place for working on your issues, combining top-level business experience, cutting-edge knowledge as well as powerful insights from the university of life. My specialities include strategic thinking, change leadership, resilience, conversational IQ, organisational politics and career planning.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I have filled numerous management, executive and board positions successfully, including the CEO and MD roles in M-Net/SuperSport. I have worked in SA and overseas and still travel globally. I have coached in many blue-chip and smaller companies and a wide range of industries. I serve on the boards of NGOs and community organisations.

 

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

B.Com, LL.B and MBL (cum laude) degrees. The Stanford Senior Executive Programme. A Certified Professional Coactive Coach. A member of the International Coaches’ Federation. My passion for coaching overrides all these formal qualifications and I look forward to working with you!

Lee-Anne Van Rooyen executive coach
Lee-Anne Van Rooyen
Executive Coach

Through providing a meaning-centered and action-oriented coaching approach, I enable leaders to live more consciously, be better equipped to think differently, be more aware of the consequences of their actions and be better able to make quality decisions. I believe the world requires a new kind of leader, one that strives to live a purposeful life and in so doing can transcend self-interest and serve the greater interests of their organisation, its stakeholders and the wider community.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

Over the past 25 years, I have been working with seasoned executives in the field of Leadership and Organisation Development in large corporate organisations across industries.

I have a passion for enabling leaders to crystallise their vision and build cohesive leadership teams with the ability to implement strategy across the organisation through adopting an inherent human values-driven approach.

My experience equips me to appreciate the dynamic context within which my clients are working and to understand their challenges and opportunities at both an individual and organisational level.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

My daily practice in conscious living and my dedication to my personal and professional development enables me to truly “live” my clients experience.

I am a qualified certified Executive Coach (COMENSA) and a practicing Industrial Psychologist (HPCSA) and am fully committed to ongoing supervision as a basis for my own ethical practice.

Les Weiss
Les Weiss
Executive Coach
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For the past 20 years I have specialised in organisational and leadership development, with a focus on coaching at Board and Executive level. My consulting and coaching strengths are based on a depth of industry experience, complemented by an empathetic yet challenging coaching style.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

In my career, I have qualified as a Chartered Accountant and been both finance director and CEO of businesses in the rubber and paper manufacturing sectors and in coal marketing and distribution. I was known both for my rigorous financial management of these businesses, but also for my entrepreneurial and innovative skills. I have assessed feasibility, arranged finance and developed major infrastructure projects in my corporate career. 

I have also spent 7 years as a strategy consultant. I partnered clients in “startups” and co-created growth strategies for established businesses. I realised that business success is heavily dependent on effective leadership and engaged teams.  For the past 20 years I have been able to integrate my business skills and understanding of business culture and leadership strengths to support my clients through business coaching and organisational and leadership development. 

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

In addition to my Commerce degree and CA qualification I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching from Middlesex University. I am also a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. Whilst I facilitate and coach in English, I can also converse in German and Afrikaans.

Lindiwe Mkhondo executive coach johannesburg
Lindiwe Mkhondo
Executive and Leadership Development Coach

At the core of my coaching approach is my presence and authenticity as I facilitate your growth and learning, illuminating your self-discovery and responsibility, empowering you to generate options and to unleash your full potential.

With a keen interest in personal mastery coaching I facilitate awareness of your ‘inner game’ and support you to eliminate barriers to your mastery, actualisation and greatness. I bring about your authentic confidence, fulfillment and sustainable changes to your thinking patterns, emotions and habits and thus support you to serve your true purpose.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

With 16 years of experience as a psychologist and director of my own company I have a solid background in psychological theory and practice, to assess executive behaviour, bring rich insights into the understanding of human motivation, behaviour and team dynamics.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

My purpose and my beliefs inspire me to coach with professionalism and passion. My purpose is to unleash people’s potential and I believe people have endless capacity to grow, like an acorn which contains within it all the potential to be a magnificent oak tree. As an executive coach and psychologist I believe I can journey with you on your longing to lead and make a difference.

Dr Loyiso Mpuntsha
Dr. Loyiso Mpuntsha
Executive Coach

I offer clients integrative coaching services that align individual executive coaching, senior management team coaching and OD interventions for strategy alignment.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

With over fifteen years’ career as a senior executive and non-executive director I tap into critical experiences that may enrich the client’s management of multiple stakeholder relationships to ensure mutual value creation.

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

Working with Change Partners I bring work-based coaching and mentoring experience as well as putting my Master of Management in Business Executive Coaching qualification to practice.

My coaching services enable leaders to achieve excellence in personal, team and organisational performance.

Nomase Loqo - leadership development coach
Nomase Loqo
Leadership Development Coach

I offer a proactive coaching approach that empowers people to realise their full potential by using specific tools and scientifically tested techniques to enable clients to crystalize their goals, focus their energy and learn skills that enhance their performance.

Passionate about empowering women in leadership roles as they navigate through limiting cultural beliefs as well as corporate expectations.

 

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I have spent over 30 years within the global world of corporate finance. These experiences have equipped me to relate with clients at all levels of  development & leadership stages .I have managed and mentored a number of teams. My coaching seeks to  inspire and encourage clients into finding their inner strength and creative ways of thinking in order to create a level of consistent high performance and job satisfaction. I am able to do this, by applying the diverse corporate & cultural experiences gained during my career 

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

As a coach, my strength in communication skills and a desire to develop capacities comes in handy .I am a qualified certified executive coach (ICF & COMENSA) with several post graduate qualifications from The University of Johannesburg, The Institute of Bankers in S.A. as well The New Insights Coach Training Institute.

Refilwe Marathe executive coach
Refilwe Marathe
Executive & Life coaching

First and foremost, I seek an authentic connection with all my clients. When this happens, it is a turnkey moment that opens the door to making a difference in that person’s life.I aim to offer a safe space for clients to take a step back, assess what’s important to them and ultimately get on a path to success. Whether this happens in a 5-minute interaction or 5 months, I think the time is always ripe for a turnaround. My fundamental belief is that life can be more fulfilling, happier and satisfying; we just need to ask the right questions, reframe some perceptions and beliefs about ourselves and life, then commit to moving ahead.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

My life has followed a trajectory similar to what many clients experience. I had a successful corporate career for over 12 years, which gave me an intimate understanding of corporate life; the challenges and dynamics. And while I could effectively deliver in my roles, there was a part of me that was left unfulfilled and asking, “Is this it?” I then transitioned into coaching nine years ago, which upended life as I knew it, required that I re-evaluate who I was and ultimately re-invent myself for a future I desired. This mirrors the journey so many of my clients are one; where life is seemingly ticking along and then you are forced, or choose to make a difference. I understand the confusion, chaos and tumult that can come with stepping up and elevating your life. My experience with transition and changes stand me in good stead to understand where clients are coming from.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

I am an engaged, personable, perceptive and well-rounded professional. I commit to each client and I am able to adapt my approach for various personalities and scenarios.Seeing tangible results in clients is important to me because ultimately I am in the business of developing the capabilities of high-potential individuals. My value lies in the ability to coach clients to more accomplishment, excellence and success.

Simone Le Hane executive coach johannesburg
Willie Snyman
Life & Business Coach

I have a passion for people and help them getting from survival mode to significance. Real turn-around happens when people really listen, really engage to understand. I believe financial wellness is intertwined with physical and mental health. I help you to be the best you can be, and to get rid of the fears keeping you back to experience more happiness.  

My favorite author is Stephen Covey saying: “I am not a product of my circumstances; I'm a product of my decisions."

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I have more than 40 years of experience in sales, marketing, business and leadership development. I understand the challenges to grow a business with diverse cultures. I focus on personal mastery, conflict resolution, enhancing team performance, leadership, relationship and change management. I use the insights of NLP (neuro-linguistic-programming), brain profiling and the enneagram to maximise your ability to deal more effectively with life and business matters.

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

I have various degrees and certifications which include the fields of Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Senior Management, Financial Planning and Mediation. I do frequent workshops on financial wellness, stress and anxiety, entrepreneurship, value-based goal setting and emotional intelligence.    

Comments from clients and colleagues: “Willie is a systematic thinker who naturally builds bridges and connects the various elements. He is a rainmaker and experienced in enhancing business growth propositions. Willie has the natural ability to build relationships, remarkable people skills, and a breadth of relationships that is second to none”

 

Sundra Naidoo
Sundra Naidoo
Career Management Coaching

I assist clients with career management. For instance career transition coaching enables coachees to more effectively manage their integration into a new position and/or company; in moving between companies,assist coachees to identify and pursue their ideal work preferences, tailored to their strengths and values; and help mature coachees to plan and prepare for retirement, beyond financial planning and health cover. Career Management coaching assists coachees to conduct meaningful career assessments explore options and plan for future advancement, consistent with their motivation and strengths. I have 22 years of experience in these areas.

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

Over 20 years in the corporate world, including Sales, Marketing and Human Resources; my last corporate position was as Head of Human Resources in a US multinational in South Africa. Thereafter, over 22 years in consulting and coaching over a wide range of industries, including FMCG, Manufacturing, ITC and telecoms, banking and financial services, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, airlines, mining, services sector and agri-sciences industries, amongst others. My international experience includes consulting to and working with clients in Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia. I have also tele-coached clients in Nigeria, Zambia, DRC, Cameroon and Dar es Salaam.

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

Change Partners has a reputation for delivery in the areas of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. Being a member of the partnership allows me to focus and grow in my chosen areas of interest, namely, career management and leadership development. I also enjoy the collegiality of the partnership, both in learning from and sharing with my fellow Partners.

Willie Snyman
Willie Snyman
Life & Business Coach

I have a passion for people and help them getting from survival mode to significance. Real turn-around happens when people really listen, really engage to understand. I believe financial wellness is intertwined with physical and mental health. I help you to be the best you can be, and to get rid of the fears keeping you back to experience more happiness.  

My favorite author is Stephen Covey saying: “I am not a product of my circumstances; I'm a product of my decisions."

Experience
How does my career experience add value to what I bring to client relationships?

I have more than 40 years of experience in sales, marketing, business and leadership development. I understand the challenges to grow a business with diverse cultures. I focus on personal mastery, conflict resolution, enhancing team performance, leadership, relationship and change management. I use the insights of NLP (neuro-linguistic-programming), brain profiling and the enneagram to maximise your ability to deal more effectively with life and business matters.

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

I have various degrees and certifications which include the fields of Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Senior Management, Financial Planning and Mediation. I do frequent workshops on financial wellness, stress and anxiety, entrepreneurship, value-based goal setting and emotional intelligence.    

Comments from clients and colleagues: “Willie is a systematic thinker who naturally builds bridges and connects the various elements. He is a rainmaker and experienced in enhancing business growth propositions. Willie has the natural ability to build relationships, remarkable people skills, and a breadth of relationships that is second to none”