Work History

Work History
Nov 2014 - Present


Ha'Penny Gift and Vintage Tea Room

Owner & part time dishwasher. Ha'Penny Gift and Vintage Tea Room is a family owned gift shop, supporting only local North East based crafters, stocking only good quality & unique hand made crafted gifts. We serve the best quality coffee, tea and home made cakes.

Jun 2014 - Oct 1914

Director/ Share Holder

3B Ecological Group

Establishing ecological products in the UK, for construction, Leisure and Landscaping Industries. Resigned as Director September 2014 for personal reasons.

Jun 2014 - Oct 1914


Plastrex Ltd

Director.  Establishing ecological products in the UK, for construction, Leisure and Landscaping Industries. Resigned as Director September 2014 for personal reasons.

Nov 2013 - Present


Big G's Designs

Artist & Creative designer using recycled products and drift wood as an medium and art form. I specialise in commissioned work, with my work exported into Europe and Africa.  

Mar 2011 - Nov 2013

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Synthetic Turf Management

Business Development & Marketing Manager 

Main responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing traditional and digital marketing plans.
  • Manage all advertising, design & publication.
  • Manage all PR 
  • Company corporate video development, production and publication.
  • Manage all online & digital communication systems, including SMO ( Social Media Optimisation)
  • Implementation of Brand development & strategy
  • Team and project support 

Head of Lion Lawns (Landscaping division of Synthetic Turf Management)

Main responsibilities:

  • The establishment and brand development of Lion Lawns
  • Marketing & media (Traditional & Digital)
  • Point of Sales: Appointments, measure, quotations and project management,

Reason for leaving:

Position being made redundant. 

Feb 2004 - Jul 2010


Autism Western Cape

AUTISM WESTERN CAPE - CEO (February 2004 - August 2010)

I was responsible to manage the organisation on a day-to-day basis on an operational level, supported by independent Directors, management and operational committees. The main activities included:

I dedicated 10 years of my life to make a difference to children, adults and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Africa. What makes our achievements significant is the fact that we managed to do it with very limited support from any Government Department due to very little priority given to mental disability.

Reason for leaving:

Permanent relocation to the UK with my family at the end of July 2010. The main reason for relocating to the UK was to ensure a better long term future for my daughter affected by ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). 

Feb 2000 - Feb 2004

Business Development Officer

McCarthy Fleet Solutions

I was responsible for a portfolio of accounts ranging from small, medium to corporate accounts. My responsibility included the identification, growth and development of quality customer base to supply finance, vehicles & fleet mangement systems.

  • Providing specialist finance deal structuring to small & medium fleet vehicle owners on supply & finance fleets 5-50.
  • Provide financial expertise in finance of Vehicles (Full Maintenance Lease, Lease, Rental & Instalment Sale), plant, equipment & machinery.
  • Structuring of Capital Expenditure finance facilities.
  • Financial analysis, risk borrowing/credit assessment, motivation and finance approval.
  • Renewal of corporate finance facilities.
  • Customer, supplier relationship management.
Jan 1992 - Dec 1999

Business Development Officer

WesBank Corporate Div. of First Rand Bank

I was employed as a teller to progressively climbed the ladder as I gained insight into the banking industry. Working my way through all the different departments ranging from Foreign Exchange, Investments, Customer Liaison Officer, Credit to my last position as Business Development Manager. All the branches I worked at was within Industrial areas where I gathered experience in understanding different business sectors and unique needs.

  • Marketing of all banking products to new & existing customer base to private & business banking.
  • Managing & Marketing of 6 branches (Midrand, Kempton Park, Edenvale, Edenplace, Spartan & Isando)
  • Planning, Strategising & Implementation of marketing plans.
  • Customer Service Liaison Officer
  • Financial Analysis Borrowing/Credit Assessment
  • Electronic Banking Services


Jan 1990 - Present


Jan 1983 - Nov 1988

Goudrif High School



Entrepreneur/Business Owner 

New business development from concept to operational. Business Development - Marketing - SEO, Social Media - Business Strategy

Artist in Recycled & Driftwood materials

Creative & unconventional thinker, which I apply in business to overcome challenges and mind sets. Entrepe

Technology - Online

  Computer Skills:      Advanced understanding & use of applications including Mac Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook/Entourage); Limited Video development, editing & production, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation); SMO (Social Media Optimisation); Web presence development with basic Blog Development & maintenance (no coding). Viral Marketing Brand monitoring & analysis.    


Special Interests/Hobbies/Sports:      

Hiking, walking, mountaineering, Indoor Volleyball & Fossil Hunting

Recycle/Up-cycle products into creative designs including timber pallets and driftwood.  .

Technology & Social Media Platforms

Achievements in Special interests:

Retired from Association for Round Table South Africa: (

  • Active member since 2004
  • Chairman 246 Tableview - 2007/8 - 9/10.
  • 246 Tableview Tabler of the Year - 2008/09
  • Western Province Area Tabler of the Year - 2009/09
  • ARTSA Tabler of the Year - 2008/09
  • Round Table International Tabler of the Year - 2009/10
  • RTI Chairman's recommendation for RTI & Ladies Circle Side-by-Side Flag Project started 2009.

I lead the first group of volunteers from the African continent to create awareness around Autism to the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world & highest mountain on the African continent Mt. Kilimanjaro. We summited Uhuru Peak (5895m) on the 26th November 2009.

Community awards 2009-10 from Tableview (Cape Town) Community Policing Forum, for dedication to the safety of the Tableview Community. 


"Most people live in jails without bars. The jails of their own minds. And sadly they are their own wardens."

Connecting the dots as I go along on my new journey.

After being exposed to recycled products withing the synthetic grass/turf industry I have realised that we live in a "throw away"society. Recycling is not only a duty but also a way of life for me through Big G's Designs where I have been woring in upcycling & doing design work with driftwood and other material.

It was only a natural progression to directorship and shareholding in 3B Ecological Group Holdings. We established Plastrex Ltd which uses recycled plastic to produce an alternative to timber. I resigned from the group due to personal reasons. 

I'm back into the career market looking for meaningful full time employment. 

I am a connector of people, always ready to help somebody. No greater gift than the gift of giving.Goal: To be the best friend I could be!Fav Quote: "Imagine, what I would do, if I could do, all I can" - Prince My: Motto: Adopt, Adapt, Improve


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