Thought Leaders

graemeDr Graeme Codrington

Dr Graeme Codrington is an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces. He is a keynote presenter, author, futurist, facilitator and strategy consultant working across multiple industries and sectors. He has a particular interest in trends affecting how people live, work, interact and connect with each other. He speaks on the tides of change – the five disruptive forces shaping the new world of work in the next decade: technology, institutional change, demographics, the environment and shifting social values. Based between London and Johannesburg, Graeme speaks internationally to over 100,000 people in about 15 different countries every year.

Graeme is the co-founder and a senior partner of TomorrowToday , a global firm of futurists and business strategists. He is also a guest lecturer at four top business schools, and is a professional member of a number of associations. He has three best-selling books published by Penguin, including the award winning, “Mind the Gap” and “Future-Proof Your Child”. He is currently writing a book on “ Strategic Leadership Intelligence “.

Graeme’s breadth of knowledge and expertise makes him highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving business world. Along with his formal qualifications and research credentials, he has a wide range of business experience. He did Chartered Accountancy articles at KPMG, was involved in an IT startup, has been a professional musician, a strategy consultant and is now a full-time speaker, facilitator and author.

Barrie Jack barrie

Barrie Jack is a Chartered Accountant with a Higher Diploma in Taxation Law. He has extensive business experience in the South African corporate sector, having held positions as Financial Director to Senior Partner at many top performing companies in South Africa.

In recent years he has served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee Forum of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.He is currently chairman of The Maximus Group. He also is a member of the Audit Committee at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa.

Barrie has experienced a wonderful, full journey in the world of work and has spent the last few years helping executives understand the transition into retirement.

Barrie is Cape Town based and works closely with Refirement Network around coaching individuals and company groups with over 50+ aged employees in understanding the mental, emotional and spiritual transitions necessary to live a significant life.

sonjaSonja Blignaut

Sonja partners with organisation and executives to expand and shift their thinking and enable them to thrive in an increasingly complex environment. She is the sole South African partner for Prof Dave Snowden’s company Cognitive Edge that supplies leading thinking in complexity and narrative, and developed ground-breaking insights software called Sensemaker.  Utilising these methods and tools, she helps organisations gain deep insight into the mind-sets and behavioural patterns that influence culture or customer experience.  She also helps organisations preserve the wisdom of people leaving their organisations by capturing their deep experiential knowledge in narrative form and implementing wisdom transfer processes such as apprenticeships.

She is a sought after speaker and facilitator that works across multiple industries and sectors. She is also a guest lecturer at some of SA’s top business schools and the founder of More Beyond, a niche consultancy where she and her team design transformative interventions based on complexity, narrative and the arts.

Sonja’s generalist background, which includes meteorology, computer programming and design prior to launching into business consulting, provides her with a breadth of knowledge that is relevant to today’s volatile and complex business context. Sonja has consulted for PWC as well as IBM, and recent clients include premier companies such as MMI, Nedbank, Liberty, Gautrain and Vodacom.

Dr Robin Woolley, Executive Director

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Robin is a specialist in corporate strategy development, black economic empowerment implementation and scorecard development. His PHD is in empowerment.  Robin has consulted in organisational empowerment initiatives to a great number of medium and large-sized South African and multinational businesses.

Dr Robin Woolley and his team from Transcend Consulting will work with Refirement Network to engage in strategic transformation conversations using the skills and wisdom of the older employees to bring about economic change through skills transfer solutions.

Selected Accomplishments

Some project and BEE consulting roles, amongst many:

  • Robin is a visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in the fields of strategy development and Designing and Executing Your Black Economic Empowerment Strategy;
  • Robin was previously the director of executive programmes for one and a half years at GIBS;


BSc Mech Eng (UNP)


PHD DemontFord University


Robin has written the first book in the country on empowerment called “Everyone’s Guide to BEE”.