• Thoughtsmiths - About Us

THE ESSENCE OF THOUGHTSMITHS

We are a vibrant Cape Town-based people development company with international reach.

Our purpose is to offer powerful, creative processes for individuals,
teams and whole organisations to challenge norms, have insight and
align their actions with these insights for meaningful, beneficial change.

Meet The Team

Thoughtsmiths is led by a team that is committed to delivering best practice based on current research.

Anne Heslop

Anne has focused passionately on the development of organisations and people for 33 years with clients in South Africa and internationally. Her formal psychology training…

Dr Nicola Graham

Nicola is a medical doctor whose fascination with the quality of conversations started early in her career at the bedside of patients. Working within the government, non-profit and…

Megan Galloway

Megan is a scientist by training. She spent a decade working as a geologist and geochemist in the diamond exploration industry. She understands what it means to literally search…

Althea Banda-Hansmann

Althea was born in the height of Apartheid. This shaped her capacity to facilitate inner and outer transformation. During the past 27 years, Althea has led transformation in corporate and…

Andrea Petersen

Andrea draws from her diverse work experience in tech startups, education, and social impact as a coach and group facilitator. Andrea creates a safe and nurturing environment for clients…

Jessica Uys

Jessica is an Accredited Coach, Facilitator & Researcher. After more than 15 years in the field of Consumer Insights, including a role as Consumer & Market Insight Director for Unilever…

Karen Grant

Karen has a formal background and training in business economics, but was seeking that unique combination of her creative right brain with her more analytical left and…

Kate Clayton

Kate’s calling is to “juice the truth for greater expansion” and she brings this to all parts of her world. She is a trained leadership and teams coach and facilitator, committed to…

Lila Ukabhai

Lila has held many roles from IT programmer, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst and Team Leader, to Manager and Coach during her 25-plus years of experience in the…

Dr Mo Salomon

Mo Salomon is a strategic facilitator, leadership coach, and yoga teacher who uses mindfulness, the Enneagram, and body awareness. Mo…

Pam Picken

Pam believes passionately that organisations stand or fall on the quality of their leadership. During her 13 years as director of TREE (Training and Resources in Early Education) Pam…

Sameeha Kola

Sameeha is an accredited change practitioner and coach with 15+ years of experience in helping individuals, teams and organisations successfully navigate change…

Violetta Roziers

Violetta is a qualified Social Work practitioner and grief-support facilitator with over 20 years of experience, including an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape…

Some ideas we live by…

“An organization cannot evolve beyond its leadership’s stage of development.”

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.”

“I came to see … that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game, it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.”

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”

“Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.”

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