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, translating,  publishing, book-keeping and administrative support to high-level international executives and CEOs. In her role as as Administrative Assistant for Thoughtsmiths, she draws on her blended ability to work comfortably with people, numbers and technology, and she offers a warm, supportive connection into the Thoughtsmiths team. Jeanne speaks four languages, and from time to time can be spotted flying across the Langebaan lagoon, kitesurfing the turquoise bliss of the ocean.

Jeanne holds the following credentials:

  • CELTA certificate – Cambridge English Language Teacher for Adults – 2008
  • Digital Design Diploma – Desktop Publishing, Multimedia and Web Design – 2001
  • Languages – English, Afrikaans, German & Swiss German

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 non-profit spheres, through leadership development, coaching, human resource development, and diversity and inclusion. Her coaching approach is a partnership in which she works with clients to support their reflection on their experiences while turning this into ground for renewal and change.Althea sees her role as offering midwifery for people to birth deeper levels of authenticity, awareness and their calling in the world. She is conscious of the importance of hope-filled and trauma-sensitive approaches needed for our  South African conditions. Althea is married for 20 years in an inter-racial, cross-continental and cross-cultural relationship.

Althea holds the following credentials:

  • 4-Year BA Psychology and Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles (Honours degree equivalent)
  • Certified Time to Think Coach, Facilitator and Consultant
  • Certified Neurozone Coach
  • Coaching with the Enneagram in Business Certificate
  • Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition Course
  • Coaching on the Axis Coaching Programme Course
  •  Creative Facilitation Course
  • Creative Grief Coaching Course

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 its manifestations flourishes. So, she considers it a great privilege to partner with coachees as they work towards living into their full potential. Françoise is also the founder of thrivelife, a human development agency, that works closely with Thoughtsmiths in supporting organisations, businesses and teams in Mauritius, East Africa and the Indian Ocean to tap their full potential.

Françoise holds the following credentials:

  • Psychology Major – NDP (UNISA)
  • BJourn (Rhodes)
  • Certificate of coaching skills through Thoughtsmiths Coach Training School
  • Thinking Environment Facilitator
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Mindfulness-Based Programs (Stellenbosch University Medical School

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 found it in the space of facilitation and coaching. The majority of her corporate career was in Business Development at Ernst & Young, and she transitioned from corporate life in 2008, when she set up practice as an independent facilitator and coach. For a decade she has helped high potential individuals be more effective in the management of self and their teams in Public, Private and NGO environments. She is an ICF-accredited (PCC) and COMENSA credentialed coach and an executive facilitator. Karen has been instrumental in the launch of maternity transition coaching to the South African marketplace and has a passion for women navigating critical milestones. Karen has worked abroad in the UK and at an actuarial firm in Singapore, is married to a colourist and is mother to two teenage boys.

Karen holds the following credentials:

  • BComm (Hons)
  • She is an accredited facilitator of the Clarity 4D™ profile
  • an accredited facilitator of the Strength Deployment Inventory™ (level 2)
  • an accredited 5LQ Enneagram facilitator
  • received advanced facilitation certification through the Dalmau network and First Facilitation
  • an accredited Participlan™ facilitator
  • an Assessor with the services SETA
  • Maternity Transition Coaching Associate for Great Expectations
  • ICF accredited (PCC)

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 financial services sector. This has given her deep insights into the challenges that people face in the workplace. Nonetheless, she believes that so much is possible if we are better able to tap our deep inner wellspring of resources. Her coaching space is one where clients can be at ease, feel respected and guided to discover their innate wisdom, creativity, purpose and capabilities through new ways of being and doing. Lila draws deeply on mindfulness-based and leadership embodiment approaches to help people shift to a more centred and resourceful state of mind and body. As a first generation South African Indian, Lila’s career and life experiences straddle apartheid and post-apartheid enabling me to be comfortable with diverse cultural interactions.

Lila holds the following credentials:

  • Diploma in Business Analysis (FTI)
  • Post graduate Certificate in Coaching: University of Stellenbosch;
  • Presencing – Foundation course
  • Time to Think Partnership
  • Professional Leadership Embodiment Coach Associate: Embodiment International
  • Senior Management Development program (USB-ed)
  • Post graduate Certificate Mindfulness-based interventions: University of Stellenbosch
  • Mindful Educator Essentials Course through Mindful Schools (US);
  • COMENSA member
  • ICF member
  • Thoughtsmiths ICF accredited Certificate of Coaching

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 steered the organisation of 55 employees on the brink of financial crisis to a thriving NPO with 200 employees and a budget of nearly R20 million, serving thousands of vulnerable young children, their families and communities. Pam is recognised as a leader in her field and was awarded the Sanlam Bridge Builder Award. She was also nominated for the ShopRite Checkers Woman of the Year. As an ICF accredited coach and through her own organisation, Leadership in Development, Pam now continues her passion and work to develop leaders in the non-profit, government and civil society sector to maximise their potential through support, mentoring and coaching.

Pam holds the following credentials:

  • BA (psychology, English) University of Natal
  • Graduate certificate in education – University of Zimbabwe
  • HDE – UNISA
  • Thoughtsmiths ICF approved Certificate of Coaching

With 17 years of corporate experience in the telecommunication industry, including sales, marketing, account management, and leading a diverse team, Jacqueline also has nearly a decade of in-house coaching experience. Jacqueline now coaches full-time as an external coach practitioner. She uses a brain-based approach, and has a warm, enthusiastic commitment to support individuals to engage with their thinking, to gain traction and momentum, and to move forward in a meaningful way.

Jaqueline holds the following credentials:

  • Neuroleadership Coaching Skills Training
  • Thoughtsmiths ICF approved Certifiicate in Coaching
  • Kenneth Blanchard Companies – Supervisory Leadership Journey
  • Harvard Business Publishing – MIP (Management Introduction Programme) and MFP (Management Foundation Programme)
  • Damelin – Sales and marketing, Small business management

Monique Salomon (known as Mo) is a strategic facilitator, leadership coach, and yoga teacher who uses mindfulness, the Enneagram, and body awareness. Monique has a background in cultural anthropology and a PhD in environment and development, and is passionate about matching the potential of technology with people’s realities. She supports non-profit organizations to make the transition from pioneering to professionalism, to deepen development practice, and stimulate shared leadership. Monique has worked on assignments in Europe, Africa and Asia, and produced a wide range of publications and video clips. She tweets for a just cause and is a mindfulness blogger.

Monique holds the following credentials:

  • PhD in Environment and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2006-2010
  • Sc. Cultural Anthropology, Radboud University, The Netherlands, 1981-1989
  • Yoga Teacher Training (YTT200), Jivananda Centre for Well-Being, 2017
  • Coaching Skills Training (ICF accredited), Thoughtsmiths, 2016
  • Results Certificate of Coaching Skills (ICF accredited), Neuroleadership Group, 2014
  • Masters Course in Extension Science, Wageningen Agricultural University, NL, 1991-1992
  • Certificate Teacher in Social Studies, Radboud University, NL, 1987-1988
  • Coaches and mentors of South Africa (COMENSA)
  • In trajectory for credentialing as Associate Certified Coach at the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

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 for treasure in the earth, to persist even when the odds seem stacked against you, just because the signs of potential are there. She has learnt that precious and beautiful gems can be found in the most unexpected places. Megan now focuses on uncovering the precious gems that lie within people. Her approach to coaching and facilitation is straightforward, mindful and science-based. Drawing on her martial arts background, she understands that skilful conversation is a fluid dance between strength and gentleness. Megan owns a tent and a husband and is a doting mother to two young children.

Megan holds the following credentials:

  • Certificate of coaching Skills through Results Coaching Systems, powered by the NeuroLeadership Group
  • PCC level accreditation with the  International Coach Federation
  • Member of COMENSA
  • Accredited Enneagram Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (Stellenbosch University Medical School)
  • BSc (Hons) Geochemisty and Geology (UCT)
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt

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  corporate sectors, it became clear to her that whatever the field of work, the quality of conversations determines the effectiveness of individuals and organisations. She now focuses on supporting organisations to thrive through enhancing the quality of workplace conversations. She trained as a facilitator, is an ICF accredited coach, and her approach draws significantly on emerging brain science and how it can be applied to facilitate working with greater potency, meaning and connection. She has a wanderlust for the African continent, and lives in Cape Town with her husband, two children and two badly behaved dogs.

Nicola holds the following qualifications and credentials:

  • MBChB (hons) UCT
  • Masters in Palliative Medicine UCT
  • Post Graduate Diploma in HIV Management, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions through Stellenbosch University
  • Associate Certified Coach with International Coach Federation
  • Certificate of Coaching Skills through the NeuroLeadership Group
  • Accredited Enneagram Practitioner