A positive person and see the opportunity in all situations. Pragmatic and practical I prefer to keep things simple and understandable. Over the years I have found the project world has become over complicated and prohibitive in that the primary project objectives seem to get lost in overcomplicated policies and procedures and inhibit progress.
With well structured, facilitated and agreed project environments, good project practices can give any organization the edge required to be successful and learn. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and project approaches need to evolve accordingly.
I spent 13 years at SABMiller Africa as a project manager and business partner, creating relationships and connecting business demand to technology, assessing the value preposition and enabling the execution of agreed solutions. We operated in 12 countries and within over 30+ businesses in Africa, dealing with diverse cultures and across the management spectrum.
Alongside my main functions I spent time mentoring and guiding new country IT managers, project members and business colleagues in country.
Up until recently I was the general and operations manager and shareholder of The Grape Press (Pty) Ltd. We manufacture and distribute a range of healthy, very low sugar non-alcoholic (0,0%) drinks which are designed to be paired with food.
This position has enabled me to practice and gain additional valuable knowledge across the business spectrum within the beverage industry. From product design to consumer insights, production, marketing, costing, compliance & regulations to customer relations, supplier management and logistics. Using our entrepreneurial spirit and insights, we were building products for the future.
Qualified as a Certified Scrum Master with Agile Alliance and have accreditation in Design Thinking from Bridgit Africa.
Currently I am getting accredited in Directive Communication Psychology.