As a specialist facilitator, Chris has interacted widely with an extensive spectrum of solution developments including high level strategy planning, operational roll out planning, policy development and course and training development in the private, public and education sector. The planning sessions have all delivered on the outcomes agreed with the client beforehand. Clients have included Districts Municipalities preparing for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Commonwealth Education Desk, Erasmus Mundus projects, University of Uppsala and local universities as well as South African corporates.
Chris has been engaged in the development and delivery of a range of courses, including the co-development and then presenting a professional short course in Event Organising for a period of ten years, the development of an Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfers short course, the development and planning for a National Diploma and B Tech degree in event organising for CPUT, the development of one year post-graduate diploma and a B Com degree for Cornerstone Institute. In addition he has stood in for lecturers at Siyanqoba Seminars. Subject training includes cost accounting, project management, marketing, strategy and operations management.
Business unit creation
The creation of the Centre for Multigrade Education exposed Chris to all aspects relating to the creation of a business unit. This included raising the founding grant, the development of all governance documents, the creation of the board of the centre, development of all contract templates, the creation of the initial financial management system as well as human resource recruitment. As part of the Centre’s activities he was actively involved in presenting an international conference where he performed the functions of project planner and roll out manager, media liaison officer and programme director.
Business development coaching
Working with researchers with concepts that have market potential, Chris was engaged in mentoring these academics from academic thinking to commercial viability and production thinking. This interaction extended over a period of time and direct engagements to determine breakeven needs, the costing of production plants and the planning of distribution channels and profit margins. Consideration was also given to the options of licencing the inventions versus proceeding to the creation of spin out companies. Market exposure was obtained through presenting trade shows targeting investors and networking.
In developing concept and operation roll out documents, Chris has succeeded in raising significant amounts from the Kresge Foundation (USA), the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Tshikululu Trust (Anglo American Foundation amongst others) to support and create new delivery and community empowerment entities in addition to securing a regular income stream based on proposals developed and submitted. Securing a Kresge grant is a global gold standard.