Heidi Thompson is registered with the South African Board of Personnel Practice as a Chartered HR Practitioner (SABPP 5893). She holds a BA (Law) from the University of the Free State, a BA Honours (Industrial Psychology) from the University of South Africa and a MA (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg. Her thesis dealt with the introduction of employment equity in professional services firms in South Africa. Heidi travels throughout Africa facilitating policy development and performance management programmes. Her approach is practical, providing clients with a feasible solution, yet always remaining within the parameters as set by legislation. Her passion is in terms of change management initiatives within organisations and she regularly writes articles dealing with day-to-day issues the employers and employees may face. Heidi also chairs senior level disciplinary hearings and provides guidance to Boards when dealing with misconduct or incapacity issues related to executives and/or directors. Heidi started her career in the people processes training Community Development Facilitators for the Department of Health.
Margaret Collins is the Payroll and Tax Practitioner for the team. She has a National Diploma in Personnel Management with 27 years HR experience. In addition, payroll has always been her passion and hence for the past 18 years she has been specialising in payroll and related services. Margaret set up the payroll system for SA Breweries in Tanzania. Her general all round HR experience gives her a practical approach, yet compliant to dealing with structuring of remuneration and setting up payrolls. Margaret effectively manages payrolls from varying sized companies, industry and complexity.
Ilse Morris has an Honns (Industrial Psychology) and has extensive retail experience as HR Practitioner. She has been practicing in HR since 2003. She advised the Durban Chamber of Commerce as HR Practitioner for many years before she decided to relocate to the UK. She gained valuable international HR experience whilst in London for four years. Ilse’s vast experience ranges from selection, job profiling to advising clients on related labour issues, which is her passion.
Rose Elcock is originally from Uruguay and finished her Honours in Industrial Psychology in Argentina. Rose also lived in the UEA and has now settled in South Africa. By having had exposure to working in the HR field in different countries, she has gained an international understanding of Human Resources and closely follows the latest HR trends, particularly in the talent and performance field. Rose’s passion lies in talent management – from creating job profiles, to assisting employees during their tenure and to exit.
Valerie Steyn is an Industrial Psychologist with extensive experience in municipal environments. She is passionate about facilitating change management in an organisation. She holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology from UNISA and has 27 years HR experience. Valerie focusses on organisational development and assessments. Starting with a diagnosis of the organisation to identify the most important interventions necessary, using behavioural-science knowledge (observing, interviewing, qualitative and/or quantitative methods). These interventions may vary from major organisational development interventions, strategic, techno-structural, management and leadership, to team, group or individual interventions. She adds value to the Nspire Team as an HR Generalist in terms of analysis, planning improvement initiatives, facilitating, advising and guiding management on a daily basis regarding the people processes. Specialist assistance is rendered in terms of recruitment and selection: assessing potential employees in terms of skills and abilities/aptitudes, talent and personality by using psychometric assessments.
Anita’s dream of working with people was founded early on in her career when she had an opportunity to encourage, support and empower people to reach their full potential. It was this passion that directed her into the field of human resources more than 25 years ago. She has worked extensively in the retail services sector; emergency services; and health care environments. Her most recent experience over the last 12 years was with a large private healthcare group operating as the General Manager HR for South Africa and as a senior HR partner to business executives and directors in the 3 business units. Through her interactions in these dynamic businesses she has gained valuable knowledge and experience in the field of designing HR strategy aligned to the business strategy; change management; talent management and leadership development. She has extensive experience in building stakeholder relationships with 4 large Unions and managing salary negotiations for the Group.
Anita has a thirst for knowledge and has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in: Psychology, English and Speech and Drama. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Social Science honors degree in Industrial Relations. Anita is undertaking her master’s from January 2019 in Leadership.
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