About Us

Taking a Systemic Approach

A distinction has to be drawn between 'systems thinking' and 'systemic thinking' in the coaching context. 'Systems thinking' is the identification of the various parts of the system, and the coach takes these into account when working with the individual. 'Systemic thinking' takes the crucial next step forward, this is when the coach pays attention to the relationships between not only the systems, but also the nested systems that exist in the organisation. This is an advanced level skill in the emerging field of coaching, and as such, it is rare to find coaches locally who have the competency and skills to work with this distinction.

Systemic Thinking

As a specialist Leadership and Organizational Development consultancy, Metaco's consultants take a highly systemic approach to all interventions, No one intervention is considered in isolation, our approach rather considers the current and desired status relative to the work, in the context of the requirements of the organisations we work with, taking into account the likely impact of the intervention on the system, and of the system on the intervention. Once the variables have been considered, we know what is necessary to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved, in line with the objectives for this programme, in a way that is congruent with the Vision, Mission and Values of the organization.

The objectives for all programmes we manage include those of the direct stakeholders (the individuals we coach and their teams and divisions), take into account the effect on indirect stakeholders (other teams, executive leadership, regulators, clients, suppliers etc.) in order to effect alignment at every level.

Business strategy is enabled by taking advantage of distributed intelligence throughout the organisation (knowledge is not hoarded); engaging internal and external stakeholders by responding to issues identified by stakeholders; changing the behaviour of the organisation through mindset and attitude change in individuals within the organisation; and helping to integrate sustainability thinking into the culture of the organisation.

Organisational learning arises through both individual learning and the interaction of individuals in groups and teams, of different sizes and at different levels. It is an emergent process in the sense that its outcome is not predictable, and is always more than the separate contributions of individuals.

Metaco's leadership team has extensive experience in working systemically across organisations locally and internationally, with individuals and teams at executive, senior management and high-potential levels, across a wide cross-section of roles, in diverse industries.

This brings you the peace of mind that your Leadership Development Coaching Programmes are managed and implemented by knowledgeable, highly skilled and experienced Coaching and OD Consultants, who specialise in working systemically at an advanced level in complex environments.

Meet the team

Leadership Team

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh M.Sc. MHRP

Barbara is a Master Executive and Systemic Leadership Team Coach with a background of over 30 years in initiating and managing change, innovation and business growth in organisations of all sizes

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Danny Tuckwood

Danny Tuckwood M.Sc. MHRP

Danny is a Master Executive and Systemic Leadership Team Coach and Coach Supervisor with an extensive background in the international corporate world in a variety of Leadership and Managerial roles

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Peter Hawkins

Prof. Peter Hawkins

Peter is Chairman & Non-Executive Director of Metaco. The author of many books and papers in the fields of coaching, leadership and change, he provides cutting-edge thinking and advice to the Company

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Our Administration Team

Verna Janikram

Laverne Janikram

Laverne is our Senior Office Administrator, with overall responsibility for managing the interfaces between Metaco, it's coaches and clients

Tsitsi Choto

Tsitsi Choto

Tsitsi is our Office Assistant and is the friendly face that greets you when you walk through the door

Our Associate Team

Metaco has a carefully selected, diverse team of Associates located in various parts of South Africa. All are fully qualified with internationally-recognised degrees and certifications in their fields of expertise. Metaco has the largest team of qualified Systemic Team Coaches in Africa.

In addition to our Executive Coaches, the Metaco team includes some of South Africa's leading experts in Strategy, Organizational Design, Talent Management, Human Resources and Change Management.

Our Associates

Values and Purpose

Why we do what we do

To maximise beneficial impact

with our clients (organizations, teams and individuals) in raising the levels of leadership consciousness and systemic awareness. To co-create a better world of tomorrow, with higher standards and stronger core values

To enable growth

of sustainable and trustworthy companies, equipped to thrive in an environment of ongoing change and disruption, through the development of aligned and collaborative leadership teams

To co-create value

across the entire stakeholder chain of the companies, teams and individuals we work with, contributing towards the growth of the economy in an ecologically sustainable way

To participate

in the future success of South Africa by providing pro-bono and subsidised services to charities and NGO's in order to grow leadership in South Africa from the grass-roots level


Our Clients

  • Accenture
  • AdvTech
  • Air Fiji
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Aon
  • Cbi-electric: African Cables
  • Comair
  • Cummins Southern Africa
  • Deloitte
  • Development Bank of South Africa
  • Ericsson South Africa
  • Exxaro
  • Hewlett Packard Business Institute
  • Human Sciences Research Council
  • Industrial Development Corporation
  • Lancet Laboratories
  • Lonmin
  • Marsh
  • Murray & Roberts Group
  • New Forests
  • Nike
  • NRF
  • Samsung
  • Sanofi
  • Servest Group
  • Shanta Gold
  • SA Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • South African Tourism
  • Standard Bank
  • Road Accident Fund
  • Transnet Freight Rail
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Vegeworth
  • WBHO


Our Affiliations

Through our alignment with international thought-leading institutions and associations, Metaco remains at the forefront of the latest thinking in the fields of leadership and organizational development - information that is integrated into everything we do