Business Sustainability Consultant

 

Professional Profile

A dedicated, progressive and highly accomplished professional with extensive experience gained working within senior management roles in business. Possesses a proven track record in the delivery of exceptional commercial results, overseeing and directing all business operations in line with objectives and performance targets. Has displayed a commitment throughout career to the implementation of innovative, sustainable and responsible business models, earning a reputation as a leading figure on sustainability methods within industry. Works well autonomously with a high level of self-responsibility, using excellent interpersonal and communicative abilities to direct and motivate large groups of employees across all operations. Remains calm and effective in challenging environments, resolving complex issues on a daily basis

 

Career Summary

Apr 2004 – Dec 2016 MANAGING DIRECTOR Impahla Clothing, (Cape Town, South Africa) 
  • Oversaw a significant upturn in commercial performance, from ZAR 7m per year to ZAR 100m within 11 years
  • Managed and led a diverse and multidisciplinary team of 300 staff across all operations and two locations
  • Ensured commitment to sustainability to successfully establish the first carbon neutral firm in Africa, producing eight consecutive sustainability reports, three of which were award-winning
  • Gained national recognition for sustainability and job creation in South Africa from the Industrial Development Corporation
  • Invited to give a presentation on sustainability issues at the GRI Global Conference in Amsterdam and to present a paper at the World Forum for Responsible Business in Lille

 

Apr 1994 – FARMER – Aug 2003 -Galloway Estate (Mvurwi – Zimbabwe)

 

  • Oversaw all operations across a large family farm, managing and directing approximately 350 workers
  • Optimised watering efficiency from 45% to 93% through the implementation of Centre Pivot irrigation as a replacement for lateral irrigation
  • Successfully replaced tobacco with avocados as the main product of the farm
  • Gained election to Vice-President of the Commercial Farmers Union and as Chairman of the Zimbabwe Joint Resettlement Initiative, an organisation created as an alternative to farm evictions

 

Nov 1988 – Apr 1994 FINANCE DIRECTOR – Nampak Global Wrapping Division (Heidelberg, South Africa)

 

  • Responsible for the division’s full financial and administration portfolio, including the creation and implementation of business plans and budgets
  • Oversaw the HR function, including wage negotiation and compliance with all statutory requirements

 

Jan 1984 – Oct 1988 ADMINISTRATION MANAGER – Hunyani Paper Sacks (Harare, Zimbabwe)

 

  • Responsible for the division’s full administration portfolio, including supply chain, costing, time and motion study and exports

 

Professional Development

Completed a two-year ‘Transparency in the Supply Chain project’, facilitated by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), German Development Corporation and international brand PUMA

 

IEMA Certified Carbon Footprint Analyst

 

Key Skills

Ø  Relationship Building Ø  Communication Skills Ø  Negotiation
Ø  Strategic Planning

Ø  Business Development

Ø  People Management

Ø  Finance & Administration

Ø  Problem Resolution

Ø  Working under pressure

Ø  Team Management & Development

Ø  Progressive Thinking

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