Coach Profiles

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.

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!

Helen Burt
Business & Personal Development Coach

I am a motivator, enabler, facilitator of change.  I am passionate about empowering people to take action, achieve their goals and ambitions, whether in their personal, professional lives or business.  I have an innate curiosity and interest in people and challenge assumptions and beliefs which may be holding someone back, preventing them from achieving, not just their goals, but their DREAMS.

My coaching practice is founded on these core values – to be Authentic, Aspirational, Professional, Integral, Personable and Results-Orientated.  As a result, my coaching style is one of partnering with clients in an exciting and creative process, co-creating and setting clear, specific, achievable goals and actions, holding my clients accountable in following through with their actions – thereby ensuring that they more quickly and efficiently achieve results and success.  As each client is unique, I do not subscribe to a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy – my coaching is tailor-made to address each client’s specific and individual personal, professional and business needs.  Having experienced it first-hand, I am an ardent proponent of the powerful, transformational value that coaching can and does bring.

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

Prior to becoming a coach, I practiced law for a number of years.  I have broad commercial and corporate legal and business experience and expertise.  I have worked internationally and locally in top-tier law firms in the UK and South Africa and as senior and general legal counsel for various organisations – including a multi-national publicly listed global bank, a privately-held asset management company, a publicly-listed investment management company and an innovative digital fintech.  This extensive international and national experience makes me uniquely qualified, and has proved invaluable, in understanding and relating to the challenges faced by, and expectations of, the professional services industry.  As someone who has worked in various levels of management and as a highly agile coach, I am confident not only working with all levels of management but also competent at managing, and assisting my clients to manage, change and achieve success no matter the situation.  My strong communication and relationship-building skills, benefit and assist my clients to build more effective and enriching relationships – whether with their colleagues, stakeholders or clients.  In addition, having led and managed cross-border, cross-functional teams and projects, I recognize the importance of, and assist my clients in, working collaboratively and motivating and developing others – this results in my clients having more beneficial, productive and ultimately profitable careers and relationships.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

I am a professionally qualified business and professional development coach qualified in the International Coaching Federation's core coaching competencies and with accreditation from the Coaches & Mentors Association of South Africa.  I am also a dual qualified (UK and South Africa) commercial and corporate lawyer.  I hold a B.Comm LLB from Stellenbosch University and an LLM (Intellectual Property) from Duke University, USA.  I have worked both internationally and nationally in top-tier law firms in the UK and South Africa and as the senior and general legal counsel for a number of organisations – including a multi-national publicly-listed global bank, a privately-held asset management company, a publicly-listed investment management company and an innovative digital fintech and bank.  Having worked in multiple jurisdictions, with many different cultures and levels of management, I confident working at and with all levels of management and well-versed in managing diverse cultures from different backgrounds and jurisdictions.  I have, throughout my career, enjoyed collaborating and working with people, sharing knowledge and empowering and motivating people.  It is this passion to empower and motivate people, together with my being able to provide a safe, non-judgemental sounding board and space for people to overcome obstacles that may be holding them back from achieving their goals and ambitions, qualifies me for my work with Change Partners.  My value and the benefit I bring lies in my core philosophy – to help people THRIVE and MOVE BEYOND THEIR POTENTIAL.

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 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
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.

Muzi Gama
Leadership Development Coach
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I help guide clients in exploring different empowering perspectives on challenges at hand. I enable them to identify blind spots and effectively harness strategies to master them. I help clients confront limiting beliefs and access resourceful states to leverage on resources within them and those around them to make informed decisions. I accelerate personal and career growth in line with client's personal values & organisational goals. 

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

My creative arts background enables me to effectively help clients visualise the desired future and pursue it with concrete pictures in mind.  The corporate experience has broadened my understanding of corporate leadership challenges facing the marketplace and possible solutions thereof. As a practising entrepreneur in retail, oil and gas arena I am better positioned and in touch with the current drivers of the economic changes hence my appreciation of the value of quality leadership in organisations.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

My sixteen years of experience as a coach at different levels and industries as well as formal accreditation as a Meta Coach qualifies me for your work with Change Partners.

Nomase Sonqishe
Life Coach

I offer a proactive, solution focused -coaching approach that empowers people to realise their full potential by using specific tools and scientifically tested techniques to enable them to crystalize their goals, focus their energy and learn skills that enhance their performance both in work and in every area of their lives with lasting positive changes.I am passionate about empowering women in leadership roles as they navigate through cultural, religious and corporate cultural expectations.

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

I inspire and encourage employees into finding their inbuilt strengths or potential and creative ways of thinking in order to create a level of consistent high performance and job satisfaction.I am able to do this, using life experiences and the compassion to develop others applying the diverse cultural expertise gained from the globalworld of Corporate Finance. During my career, I have held various managerial roles developing capacities across teams. My strength in communication skills and a strong desire to develop capacities means that across the institution I was able to mentor and encourage others to reach their full potential. This experience has equipped me to relate with my clients at all levels of their personal & leadership developmental needs. 

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

I am trained and Accredited as a Life Coach Practitioner through UK & SA based New Insights Africa (NIA) Coach Training Institution obtaining both Elite and Professional level coaching qualifications from this institution. I am also a Professional Banker with relevant qualifications from various Educational & Professional institutions in Banking, with an array of Post graduate courses and Diplomas in Treasury Management, Compliance, Risk and Control Management. I hold a Bachelors of Technology degree in Banking from the University of Johannesburg as well as an active member of COMENSA. These formal qualifications,diverse personal & corporate experiences and my innate compassion for the development of others qualifies me for my work with Change Partners.

Pat Roberts
Senior Executive Development Coach

I coach senior executives and teams who acknowledge that they can achieve even more than they currently are, and who are open to exploring ways in which to unlock more of their potential, both for themselves and the value they add to the organisation. My understanding of business broadly and at a senior level enables me to connect with executives on the issues they face with deep understanding. I am able to challenge current perceptions and beliefs in a way that opens up new possibilities and new ways of thinking about difficult situations. 

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

My experience has been with large organisations with business leaders, teams and individuals identified as talent, working on fast-tracking leadership development and addressing specific issues they face within their organisations or related to their growth as leaders. The outcome of executive coaching is an individual who has faced tough goals, conquered them and learned the ability to self-correct in the future. The process works towards enhancing excellence and supporting even greater achievement. I’m also very comfortable drawing on my experience of Communication as a strategic tool within organisations.
Prior to my career in leadership development I was the Managing Director of two of the larger strategic communication consultancies in South Africa. In this capacity I have worked at senior level across all industry sectors as well as Government and NGO’s.

What qualifies me for your work with Change Partners?

I hold the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business PCC qualification in coaching, the most senior Communication qualification offered by the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa and a wide range of business qualifications through GMIT, The Aspen Institute (Colorado) and Wits Business School. I have PCC accreditation from the International Coach Federation, of which I am a Board member and am a Registered Coach with Comensa.

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 Business Coach

My coaching and mentoring skills will enable you to become an inspiring and effective leader with a wonderful presence enabling you to lead your team to brilliance. You will develop and enhance the behaviours, tools, skills and competencies to enable you to achieve your objectives in the workplace and to meet your personal goals in a rapidly changing socio-economic and political environment.

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

I have more than 20 successful years experience as an executive manager in the private sector (financial, energy, logistics) and public sector (financial) where I faced challenges similar to those that you may face. I was a successful leader and manager of large and small teams of people.  I have been a board member on several industry and non-profit organisations.

What qualifies me for my work with Change Partners?

I am a qualified certified executive coach (ICF) with several post graduate qualifications from universities including Harvard, Birmingham, INSEAD, Singapore, Cape Town, WITS, Stellenbosch and GIBS.

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
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”