My early interest in developing people lead me to attain a BA Ed (Hons) degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a view to teaching and lecturing. However, alongside my passion for developing people was an equally strong passion for sport, particularly cricket. During my career as a semi-professional, I spent five years as a broker consultant for a large multinational insurance company.
It was whilst playing in the international arena for South Africa, and meeting many high profile leaders, that I became acutely aware of the importance of leadership, relationships and team dynamics. When my SA Cricket contract ended I decided to retire from the game completely and focus on my business interests. I soon discovered that my purpose was to develop people and after meeting John Maxwell in 1999, I decided to become a leadership facilitator and coach. I am certified through Mentors and Business Coaches International (MBCI).
Looking back I have had experience in a non-profit organization, a large multinational corporate and now my own business. I feel that the exposure to presidents, prime ministers, H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II, Mother Theresa and captains of sport and industry was all part of a plan destined to provide me with the necessary insights and understanding in developing leadership competence and high performing teams.
As a people development practitioner, I work with organizations across all business sectors and this has enabled me to write two books – Leading Self and Others and Teaming with ideas.
My wife and I live in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) on the east coast of the republic of South Africa. After retiring from the cricket and hockey fields we were drawn to nature. We love exercising outdoors (gym is an inconvenient yet necessary intrusion) and being close to our creator.
We have been blessed with two children and a son-in-law.