The Conca Team

Meet the Conca team:

NICO SIMPSON

Nico uses his artistic skills and conceptual thinking to develop people’s ideas and to create and illustrate presentations. He studied at Stellenbosch University and has a doctoral degree in the field of adult education. He has written, co-written, illustrated and/or developed numerous courses and books. He does pottery and paintings in his free time. I am a concept artist and educator who creates safe spaces for people to grow and play, listen and care and believe in each other.

As teacher I believe in the inherent potential and gifts of all people and try to help them grow into their full potential. I like to do bridge building between different generations. I teach people to have a backward-forward vision and repackage old truths for the future.”

For examples of his illustrations – see THIS website. Contact him at nico@conca.co.za.

Twitter: @claripics

ELSA SIMPSON

I see myself as an ordinary person helping ordinary people embracing their extra-ordinariness. Since I can remember, I was intrigued by other people’s stories. I never doubted that I would follow a career “listening to other people’s stories”. I studied social work, specialised in medical and psychiatrist social work and worked in different hospitals. I also completed my Master’s Degree in Supervision and Management. I had a long career in the Industrial Field doing counselling (EAPs – employee assistance programmes) and facilitating workshops on personal growth and development.

Nearly ten years ago I started a private practice / business doing counselling and training.  It set me free to live my passion: helping people understand themselves better, so that they can become the people they are supposed to be. In other words: helping ordinary people embracing their extra-ordinariness.

I do the above as follows:

  1. One-on-one counselling / coaching
  2. EAP (counselling within companies – on-site and off-site)
  3. Workshops:
  • Reclaiming your magic by deep-tuning your people skills
  • Conflict management
  • Mindful wellness journey
  • Stress management
  • Team builds/ ChitChatCuisine
  • Myers-Briggs type indicator
I also started a Master’s Class for people who want to develop further, or who want to do the training themselves.

She conducts workshops and team-builds as well as individual processes for personal growth and development in organisations as well as with private individuals. Contact her at elsa@clariact.com or on 021 982 7038, 083 782 1249 or visit www.clariact.com.

Twitter: @ClariAct

MONENE MURRAY

Monene Murray offers Executive and Business Coaching to support individuals with personal growth resulting in personal and career development for middle to senior managers in large companies; and personal development, resulting in business development for the small to medium-sized business owner. Monene has an Industrial Engineering qualification complemented by 17 years of project management and business experience in large corporate and start-up businesses. A Certificate in Coaching Practice from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and i-Coach Academy supports her passion for coaching.

Through engaging with people at various levels of the business sector and experiencing life in general she has gained an appreciation for people’s unique talents and believes that every individual’s potential can be explored through coaching, enabling personal and business growth. Monene aims to provide a safe environment for a client to become more self-aware, to explore potential alternatives and to select a custom-fit, implementable option. She also assists the client in the creation of an action plan and provides implementation support.

As a coach Monene believes that the critical elements of the coaching relationship are confidentiality, trust, honesty with respect, authenticity, integrity, commitment and responsibility. “The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action.” The Road less Travelled – M. Scott Peck

Contact details: PO Box 4437, Durbanville 7551, Mobile: 082 570 2917, monene@engrow.co.zawww.engrow.co.za.

Twitter: @engrowcoach

BOELA GERBER

Boela studied winemaking at Stellenbosch University, graduating in 1995. He started his career as assistant winemaker at Stellenzicht Vineyards before moving to Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek in 1998. His big break came in 2001, when he was offered the winemaking position at Groot Constantia, and he has been there since.

Boela has also travelled the traditional wine world extensively, making wine in the famous wine regions of Bordeaux in France, Tuscany in Italy and Rioja in Spain. One of the highlights of his career was when he was judged the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year in 2002.

Boela Gerber is winemaker at Groot Constantia. For questions, mail him at boela.gerber@grootconstantia.co.za.

DALENE CRAFFORD

I have always loved food. And I have always loved art. Luckily for me food is art!

Food is the one form of art which addresses all the senses… and it is also the medium that I use to express myself. I am passionate about my job as freelance food stylist (nothing beats the visual impact of beautifully presented food), recipe developer, recipe column writer and cooking class presenter (gluten-free and wellness cooking classes).

From a young age I have enjoyed cooking and experimenting with food. I have turned my passion into a profession, studied food and nutrition and earned my stripes in the corporate world with job titles such as product developer, food designer and food specialist. And for 8 years, up until 2008, I’ve lectured food styling part-time at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The Good Food Diet is a recipe-based way of eating. I developed the recipes for busy people on the go who, through eating and enjoying deliciously good food, want to make a lifestyle change and control their health and/or dietary conditions such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, food allergies and food intolerances (e.g. gluten and lactose).

At the Good Food Diet Cooking Studio we cook up a storm! Gluten-free cooking classes and wellness cooking classes turn into communal cooking feasts. It is all about the joy of cooking, saturating the senses and sharing food with others. Best of all is that the food is good for you! No prior cooking skills are required – flop-proof recipes guarantee delectable, healthy dishes.

Food is good – but good food is better.

Dalene Crafford is a professional food stylist, recipe developer and presenter of the Good Food Diet gluten-free cooking classes and the Good Food Diet wellness cooking classes (in Cape Town).

Contact Dalene at dalenecr@mweb.co.za or on 021 913 4457 or 082 562 9787 to book a cooking class.

Twitter: @DaleneCrafford

AMANDA MATTHEE

Amanda is a copywriter, editor and scriptwriter who works for corporates, academic institutions and advertising agencies. She holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Stellenbosch University. When she is not writing or touching up text, you will find her backpacking in the mountains or trying to find out what makes people tick.

Contact her at amandam@mweb.co.za on 082 570 3895.