Our Choices Family

The world we live in relies more and more on the ability to partner and collaborate with others of like mind and like heart, who embrace the same values and culture; and whose offerings add value and complement that of our own.

Introducing the Choices Family:

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The Align-Ed Foundation’s Board

Verona Durwarkah, Chairperson

Verona’s expertise is a result of working in the Television and Content production environment for 26 years. Her experience spans various aspects of the business, including Finance, Operations (TV Channel Management including programming and scheduling as well as content acquisition, production and sales), Strategy development and implementation as well as General and Executive Management. She has worked closely with various consulting firms such as McKinsey and Gemini as well as with SABC top management and the SABC Board.

Verona also has a passion for managing and executing projects of any size in any environment. She has had the privilege of managing activities on the 2010 FIFA World Cup project and numerous other projects of varying sizes for the SABC.

Personal development is key and it is a subject that intrigues her in that it allows her to understand herself better in order to execute whatever role she is in successfully and with integrity.

She enjoys working with people who are driven, honest, passionate and have a ‘can do’ attitude.

Angela James, CEO

Founder of Align-Ed Network and the Align-Ed Foundation, Angela has been involved in building a portal of learning since April 2004. She spent the 20 years prior to 2004 in adult learning within the Banking and Hospitality sectors.

Advocate for freedom and choice, she is passionate about transformation, facilitating processes as Storytelling and Experience Economy thinking that encourage people and organisations to access their strengths, talents and potential. Angela is fascinated with new ways of doing business within the 21st Century and has developed a number of alternative business models that allow us to take care of the people and the planet in a prosperous and sustainable manner.

Pumeza Bam, Director

Pumeza is Group Executive, People and Transformation: Liberty Group South Africa

Pumeza holds a BSc (Human Physiology, Biochemistry) from the University of Durban-Westville, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Marketing Management, a Programme in Management Development (PMD) Certificate from GIBS and has completed an Accelerated Directorship Programme (ADP) resulting in being certified a Director by the Institute of Directors SA.

She has done workshops and short courses on a number of diverse topics, including SHL Psychometric Administration, SHL OPQ, SHL Competency-Based Interviewing (CBI), Systemic Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Facilitation Skills, SAP Recruitment and Personal Mastery in the Workplace.

Prior to her current role at EOH Holdings, Pumeza was Executive Director: Sub-Saharan Director at SAP Africa, and before that she was Executive Assistant to the HR Director: Personal Bank: ABSA.

Donald Anthony Rubin, Director

With more than four decades of experience in hospitality, food and beverage, business development, operations and planning, Tony is currently General Manager of the Premier Hotels – Midrand.

Prior to joining Premier Hotels, he served as the General Manager of the SAB World of Beer; Managing Director of Maropeng, the official visitors’ centre in the Cradle of Humankind which won numerous awards under Tony’s leadership. He also enjoyed a career with Tsogo Sun (then Southern Sun Hotels) that spanned over 30 years.

His management and business philosophy – Tony believes that “Good management is good manners” in all things. His aim is to ensure customer satisfaction and to uplift his staff, through mentoring and support.

Clive Kotzen, Director – Finance

Founder of C. Kotzen and Associates and Synergy Chartered Accountants established in 1994 in Johannesburg, and registered and affiliated with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), and the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT).

Clive’s philosophy is to build relationships with his clients offering them quality, personalised and practical services at reasonable rates.

In the over two decades since inception, the businesses have enjoyed the privilege of helping many successful South African companies to maximise their profits, while also assisting the people behind these companies create, grow and manage their personal wealth.

His success is the direct result of his passion for developing trusted and confidential relationships with the organisations he serves and with the people that own and manage them. But, more than this, his continued success and growth are also products of his commitment to applying creativity, innovation and insight to every client regardless of size or stature.

“What does Freedom to Choose mean to you?”

From the Ops Team:

Patience Sithole: To be my own person not to be told what to choose

Diane Barthel: Freedom to Choose is to give my voice expression

Diane Potgieter: To be authentically myself and to express myself authentically

Angela James: The freedom to be the me God intended me to be and to live my life with purpose and meaning

Colleen Wilkinson: Our experience of life depends largely on the choices we make in dealing with circumstances we create and those we find ourselves in. Freedom to Choose gives me the ability to approach any situation with a positive attitude and to make the most of it, whilst being cautious and aware of the consequences. This is something I strive for…