Whilst Angela truly values education her journey to the IoDSA and successes in the early days in the organisation were achieved without a tertiary qualification, bearing testament to her natural business acumen and innate leadership abilities. Angela successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 and this also marked the point at which her tenacity, drive and passion for the IoDSA started her trajectory to CEO.
Done that: With early aspirations to one day be a teacher still in mind, Angela joined one of the most influential organisations in the South African corporate governance space, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), in 2004, tasked with the formalisation and growth of its director development offering. I the five years that Angela led the director development unit the IoDSA saw director development grow to become the IoDSA single largest revenue stream and greatest source for membership recruitment.
In line with viewing her changing roles in the IoDSA – COO from 2008, CEO from 2014 – as her biggest career achievement to date, Angela sees a fruitful day as one spent with a diverse group of IoDSA members sharing stories of the impact the IoDSA has had on helping them achieve success.
Angela also serves on prestigious forums like the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI), the African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN) and she chairs both the Chartered Director (SA) Examination Committee, and the Public Sector Audit Committee Forum steering committee.
Watch out: Over the next 4 years to 2020 Angela is committed to further developing the IoDSA into South Africa’s leading professional association and a formidable voice for directors, prescribed offices and governance office bearers; coupled with a drive to promote South Africa in the global community as governance innovators and leaders in the field.
Quote: Being tasked with leading and guiding numerous committees and boards, Angela finds wisdom in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
Confident and creative, Angela values authenticity above all, and her advice to her younger self, and other young aspiring executives, would be that there is no “normal”, and not to worry about trying to be normal or have what is considered to be normal.