We are proud to present our dedicated & professional team

John Muir

John Muir

Capacity Development Facilitator and Coach | B Prim Ed (UCT)

John has worked for the last 20 years in the Social Development field. He is passionate about helping both individuals and organisations unlock their collective energies and potential.

John has spoken and facilitated on Human and Organisational Capacity Development and Leadership on 3 continents. He has worked extensively with NPO’s, Parastatals as well as Government Departments in the SADC, West and East Africa regions. John has been able to successfully use a unique blend of cultural sensitivity and humour to affect positive outcomes in diverse and complex settings.

John is an accredited Assessor and Life Coach. He is also a Master Trainer (UNDP) in the Community Capacity Enhancement Programme.

Dr. Marcus Gottschalk

Dr. Marcus Gottschalk

Executive Coach | Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (Oxford Brookes University), MSc Engineering (Berlin) MBA (Maryland)

Marcus is an extensively experienced global innovation consultant, facilitator and trainer with broad, hands-on entrepreneurship, engineering and psychology expertise.
He has a proven ability to design and deliver interactive workshops, high-quality learning programs, change initiatives and compelling events. His key organizational contributions include: increased cultural innovation, creative of out of the box solutions, and enhanced leadership skills and capabilities through executive coaching and training. Marcus’ geographical reach covers Europe, USA, Asia and Africa and his core areas of expertise are:

New Product and Service Development, Innovation Management, Creative Leadership Development, Key Note Speeches, Creativity & Innovation Workshops, Executive Coaching

Marcus is an Associate Faculty Member at the Center for Creative Leadership since 2005 and Educator at Duke Corporate Education, London, since 2010. He facilitates open enrolment programs, as well as customized leadership development programs. He also coaches international clients to meet challenges and change. Marcus is a guest lecturer at the University of Cologne, Germany.

His working languages are German and English.

Fred Bakker

Fred Bakker

Executive Coach | Certificate in Practitioner Coaching (SACAP), Certificate in Treasury Management (UNISA), Bachelor of Business Science (UCT)

Fred coaches individuals dealing with the challenges of change, development and performance in organisations. He has a successful track record coaching executives in a corporate environment as well as entrepreneurs managing their own companies. He believes in the value of empowering the individual and encouraging each person to take charge of their lives and careers, manage change and perform at their best. His work experience is extensive and includes twelve years as a treasury dealer in banking and five years teaching mainly business English in Japan. He has focused on coaching full-time since June 2004. Fred communicates well at all levels and is an effective motivator without losing sight of the practical steps required to achieve both personal and organisational goals.

He also trains and set-up Peer Learning Groups and perform a role as ‘Integrator’ and Action Learning Coach on management development programmes.

His working languages are English and Afrikaans and speaks German on a conversational level.

Johan Brits

Johan Brits

Executive Coach | BA (Ed) (University of Pretoria), BA Hons (History) (University of South Africa), BA Hons (Industrial Psychology) (RAU), Certificate in Coaching (i-Coach & USB) (Stellenbosch)

Johan is an executive coach with extensive experience in leadership & management development, training & people development, levels of work and organisational development. He has presented and facilitated leadership development programmes to senior management teams, assisted companies with identifying critical trends regarding their company culture, performance management and values and individual- and team measurements to determine strengths and development areas.

As a coach and thinking partner he draws on his working experience over the past 25 years, which includes various senior management positions in blue chip organisations in South Africa in the mining sector (gold, platinum & manganese), as well as in the insurance sector.

Johan’s passion is to create a safe space for individuals to explore possibilities, connect to their purpose and achieve balance that will maximise fulfilment in their lives. He assists his clients to define their current reality, to compare it with their desired future and to draw up a plan to fill the gap.

Chantelle Solomon

Chantelle Solomon

Executive Coach | Team Development Enabler | CA(SA). Master’s degree Management Coaching USB (2017)

I am passionate about shifting individuals, leaders, and teams towards their aspirations for growth and development within their particular context.  My integrated approach to coaching draws from a variety of coaching and leadership schools, while being grounded in Experiential Learning, Neuro-Linguistic, Cognitive Behavioural, and Conversational Intelligence principles.  My core values of trust, authenticity, care, and respect for people underpin my coaching relationships.

I enable leaders to grow their leadership capacity and capability, making the shift from ‘doing’ leadership to ‘being’ leadership that empowers them to step into their potential and be their best selves in their various contexts. I thrive on helping individuals and teams to have conversations that strengthen relationships to achieve better outcomes. I co-create with teams to catalyse the trust, collective leadership and learning of the team to enable value creation that benefits a wider group of stakeholders now and in the future. I apply a systemic lens in partnering with leaders and teams enabling a focus on the connections and relationships between leader, the team, and the wider systems supporting the collaborative effort.

My coaching is informed by nearly twenty years of finance experience in the international corporate world which encompassed leadership positions at all levels of business, including directorship. As an executive coach and development enabler, I have engaged with leaders, teams, and young talent in companies across the following sectors: Petrochemical, Technology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Banking and Financial Services, Retail and NGO.

I love making memories! So, I value family time with my husband and our boys, good food with family and friends, camping and travel. More recently I’m really enjoying Korean drama series.

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