Meet the Team Our facilitators
Highly experienced and well-respected executive business professionals present the Engeza training programme which sets it apart from any other offering. The theory is, therefore, translated into real-business coaching examples and case studies, combining a wealth of context and knowledge to ensure a valuable learning experience.
Eileen Thayser; MA Clin. Psych.; MCC ICF Coach
Eileen Thayser has a unique combination of qualifications, skills and experience. She is a coaching psychologist with many years of experience as a coach and therapist, having started her combined practice in 2002. She brings to her business coaching a diverse business background as finance director at Murray & Roberts Plastics and Fedstone (Firestone Tyres).
Her qualifications include MA Clinical Psychology, various executive education courses, and a credential as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She also holds multiple coaching certifications, including the Center for Creative Leadership, New Coach Orientation & Executive Coaching Onboarding, CoachU / CoachInc Core Essentials Programme, and Unisa’s Career & Executive Coaching Certificate. Eileen regularly adds to her coaching skills and recently completed a narrative coaching course with David Drake, a coaching workshop on Gestalt Coaching with Chantelle Wyley, and the Conversational Intelligence Coaching Programme with Judith Glaser.
Eileen is an associate professional at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria and former lead faculty for the GIBS Professional Business Coaching Programme (formerly CoachTrax). To create space for possibilities, she recently stepped down as lead faculty from both the GIBS PBCP and the GIBS Advanced Professional Business Coaching Programme then taken over by GIBS and renamed the GIBS PBCP. During the past seven years since Coachtrax was designed, then presenting this as the GIBS PBCP, Eileen has trained around 650 people to become organisational and business coaches.
Eileen works as a coach and observer coach for GIBS and is an active mentor-coach and supervisor to several coaches, mainly those with an interest in progressing along the ICF path.
Eileen currently consults on organisational coaching and coaching panel management and, having a keen insight into the challenges and demands faced by business leaders, has a particular interest in coaching leaders within organisations.
Eileen is married to Dave and lives in Johannesburg with their noisy lovable dogs. She has a passionate interest in making a contribution to ethical coaching in organisations and businesses. And a habitual avoidance of cooking although entertaining family and friends is a joy!
Kerrin Miller; MA Ind. Psych.; PCC ICF Coach
Kerrin Miller is a Registered Industrial Psychologist with over twenty-five years’ experience in the areas of leadership, learning, coaching and change.
Before following her passion for psychology, she started her career as a human resource business partner and spent ten years in senior roles within large organisations leading HR teams in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. After registering as an industrial psychologist in 2003, Kerrin spent ten years consulting within a blue-chip client base in the areas of learning and leadership.
Since 2014 Kerrin has been co-founder and principal psychologist for Factor10, building leaders who thrive in the new, exponential era. She leads a team of psychologists and coaches which has worked with over 500 Pan-African leaders and leadership teams across banking, technology, insurance, legal, pharmaceutical and non-profit organisations.
She is passionate about using a blend of digitisation and psychology to develop strengths-focused, resilient, change agile, inclusive and purpose-driven leaders. Her approach is integrative and includes narrative, gestalt, positive and neuropsychology. She maintains that deep and data-led insight, combined with leveraged action, can change leadership behaviour in significant and sustainable ways; and has worked with blue-chip organisations to deliver this at scale across Africa.
Kerrin brings deep empathy, curiosity, creativity, smart simplicity and a sense of purpose. She focuses on leaving things better than she found them. She is married, and the mother of two (mighty) girls. Kerrin loves stories, words, journeys, slow time with her family and long lunches with friends.
Dave Thayser; MBA (Manchester); CA (SA); FCMA
Dave Thayser is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Management Accountant and earned a specialist financial MBA from Manchester University. Dave spent much of his working life in various consulting capacities at Ernst & Young (EY), the global Financial Services firm, and has worked in EY’s Corporate Finance division as a director and partner.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of Corporate Finance, including business valuations, due diligence reviews, transaction structuring and transaction implementation.
In 2008, Dave formally retired as a partner from EY but continued in EY Transaction Advisory Services as head of Learning & Development and then, in EY Advisory, its consultancy arm.
In 2013 he contributed a chapter on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) to a financial management textbook, published by Oxford University Press (OUP). He subsequently collaborated on a further book: Valuations, Mergers & Acquisitions, published by OUP in 2015.
For fifteen years, Dave lectured on M&A at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and before that the Wits Business School. He was a co-founder of the GIBS Professional Business Coaching Programme (formerly CoachTrax). He developed and continues to present the business acumen section of that programme at GIBS and still works as a developer, tutor, and facilitator of the business acumen section of the GIBS Advanced programme. Dave also supervises research reports produced by students on the MBA programme at GIBS.
Dave’s interests currently lie in lecturing, writing and mentoring in the financial field, and he consults independently on all aspects of finance, M&A and business acumen. Dave loves cooking (fortunately for Eileen) and biking, and along with Eileen, shares a deep love of the bush, including bird watching.