• Thoughtsmiths - About Us


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 people for 28 years, in and out of the workplace, 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…

Dr Monique Salomon

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

Jaqueline Warner

With 17 years of corporate experience in the telecommunication industry, including sales, marketing, account management, and leading a diverse team, Jacqueline also…

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…

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…

Françoise Gallet

Coach, facilitator and trainer in the fields of organizational and personal development, Françoise Gallet has a huge passion for the vision of a world where life in all…

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…

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…

Jeanne Alblas

Jeanne is a people’s person who strives to provide support in administration, development and communication. She has a background in teaching Business English, copy editing…

Some ideas we live by…

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

Frederic Laloux - Author, Thought-leader

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

Peter Drucker - Management consultant, author, educator

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change appropriately.”

Albert Einstein - Theoretical physicist

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

Simon Sinek - Organisational consultant, author

“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.”

Louis Gerstner - Former CEO IBM

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

Bob Mardelli - CEO Home Depot

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

Margaret Wheatley - Writer, management consultant