The Office Coach team is passionate about transferring knowledge and skills that will make a profoundly positive impact on both individuals and the businesses that they work in.

Meet the team:

Angela Newman (Participating Member)

I am admitted attorney with a background in Mercantile Law. I have been lecturing and training for more than 17 years, both privately and at various tertiary institutions. I specialise in labour-related training, including labour law, disciplinary management and diversity. I am based in Port Elizabeth but travel nationally for work and play.

Deirdre Elphick-Moore (Participating Member)

I have an Honours Degree in Psychology and have over 10 years of international experience in Human Capital Management in financial services; my time at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley taught me so much. I now focus on personal and workplace effectiveness training and development, facilitating for a range of government and corporate clients nationwide. I am based in Port Elizabeth.

Recent achievements and other fun stuff:

I have been recognised as a Top 40 Under 40 Achiever by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. Nominations are drawn from members, stakeholders, partners of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and the general public, result in a list that, though by no means comprehensive, is a showcase of up and coming businesspeople in all sectors. The list features promising emerging entrepreneurs, as well as those more established in their own businesses or in larger corporate companies.

I write a weekly column for The Herlad that is very well respected; my columns have been printed off and posted on noticeboards at RaizCorp and Services Seta, they are featured on the entrance hall wall at Times Media in Port Elizabeth and are used as a practical tool by managers throughout the Bay and surrounding areas from automotive to professional services. – D

Stephen Newman (Associate)

I am a lecturer at the NMMU and am also currently involved in training officials of the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEA) in the Eastern Cape for the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act. I haves appeared on Radio Kingfisher to explain the Consumer Protection Act and answer questions related to the Act…it’s more fun that it sounds! – S

Kimberley Clare Ogden (Public Relations)

Kimberley3More than 14 years in PR teaches you a thing or two. Along the way, I’ve learned how to help big businesses maintain their reputations, how communications can help small businesses build their profile; and not-for-profits can campaign more effectively. I’ve learned a lot about the media, and how to use social media to connect with audiences in a more engaging way. I’ve also learned how to enlist support from influencers, from comedians and cooks to politicians, NGOs and academics. I’ve also learned how to build brands’ reputation through corporate social responsibility programmes and keep them out of the glare of public attention when things go wrong.

In my years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people and brands in the UK where I learnt my ‘trade’. And since moving to live in South Africa have worked with Boomtown, Eveready, software house RubiBlue, Dimension Data, SA’s leading bulk SMS provider SMSPortal, and made the working environment and productivity that bit better with The Office Coach.

But more than all of this, I’ve met some of the most brilliant people along the way: thinkers, do-ers, creatives; those with passion; those with drive; those who want to change the world, and those who already have. Everyone has helped me learn more about the art and science of PR. – K

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