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Fiona Aitken-Richardson

Strategic Director- Sight Projects (PTY)LTD


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

Sight Projects & Interiors (SPI) are specialists in the areas of Project Management, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, shopfitting and specification within the residential, corporate, hospitality and retail sector.

Combining 40 years of collective design experience and with an extensive background in the construction industry of up market residential homes.

Bringing an invaluable insight to any and all projects in addition to having worked closely with leading Architects. The designers/project managers work closely with our clientele to establish clearly defined and workable project briefs in accordance with stipulated time lines and allocated/agreed budgets.
We work in TurboCAD professional 2D and 3D design.

Our primary business focus is building alterations, additions, refurbishments, new homes and full turnkey tenant installations (corporate & retail) which comprise the bulk of the project management component of works. The interior design service covers all aspects of design and manufacture relating specifically to space planning requirements, furniture, specialized cabinetry/joinery, and electrical layouts, kitchen/bathroom/built in cupboards designs, tiling, general flooring and related trades. Specification of all finishes is one of the core focuses of our business with regards to homes, offices and retail space.
The interior decorating side covers all areas pertaining to the furnishing, curtaining, sourcing, artwork and styling and wallpaper that is required to complete all projects.

Close working associations with our associate partners ensures additional experience and expertise on projects where required. Joint venture projects with various architects and interior design firms are also undertaken.

Sight Projects and Interiors has built up a sizeable portfolio of completed works whilst continuously paying close attention to the various project locations worked on, the environment, architectural influences, local/international trends, together with the client’s own personal style, requirements and existing furniture pieces.

Contact details

fiona@sightdesign.co.za

O: +27 11 326-1907


Web presence

Business Address

Bryanston, Sandton, South Africa


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Head of Brand/ Director | Steinhobel World
Johannesburg, South Africa | June 2013 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Steinhobel World is an NPO which works in association with Steinhobel - a world renown industrial design and product development company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Steinhobel develops products in all sectors of the economy including health, water purification, agriculture, mining and consumer goods.

Steinhobel is a finalist for Vena Vessel for The South African Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2013


Advisory Board Member | African Leadership Academy
Johannesburg, United States of America | August 2013 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Advisory Board Member for the African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) Student Enterprise Programme


Managing Director | Operations/Management | Steinhobel Design (Pty) LTD
Johannesburg, South Africa | September 2013 - present

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Mission

Steinhobel Design’s mission is to design products for their clients, which will vastly increase profitability and market share, through their excellence.

Overview

Steinhobel Design Pty Ltd is an industrial design and product development consultancy. Which serves diverse industries namely electronic, packaging, appliances- white goods, mining, medical, furniture, pharmaceutical, automotive, sports equipment, information technology products and many others.

These clients span Asia, Europe and the Americas.Solving design problems in this broad variety of industries, incorporating different materials and technologies allows for effective cross-pollination of technology transfer in the design solutions. This also allows for a high level of lateral thinking in the process of creating innovative product development with the appropriate material or combination of materials and technologies.


Co-Founder / Strategic Director | Management | Sight Projects & Interiors (PTY) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2003 - present

Building, Construction and Engineering

Strategy


Previous Position(s)

Owner | Management | Life Space Incorporated - a division of Sight Projects & Interiors (PTY) LTD
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - 2012

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Chrissanthie Cosmetics
- anti-aging skin + body care range
developed + tested by a leading ophthalmologist for the south african climate
www.chrissanthie.co.za


Interior Designer / Project manager | Interior Division | Wedgewood Homes cc
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2003 - 2010

Building, Construction and Engineering

Spearheaded the establishment of the interior division within Wedgewood Homes and jointly ran the division for eight years.


Interior Designer / Showroom Manager | Management | Vanilla House Interiors
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2002 - 2003

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

www.vanillahouse.co.za

Educational history

Tertiary

NeuroLeadership Institute

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016 - present

BBCC - Life Coaching

Brain Based results based international life coaching certification

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Programme

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - 2016

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Programme - Business Skills

With the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme, we channel our resources and convening power to help women entrepreneurs achieve the full potential they envision for their companies. The programme identifies and celebrates high-potential female entrepreneurs and provides them with personalised one-on-one business insights and advice as well as insider access to strategic networks of established entrepreneurs, executives, advisors and investors. Unlike many other programmes, which are focused on helping women start a business, EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme supports women with existing enterprises so they can scale up and become market leaders.

The Genius Programme

Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2014 - May 2014

Self Mastery - Self Mastery

The Genius Programme is designed to free you from habits of thinking that are no longer contributing to positive development in your life. Developed over the past five years and successfully trialled through international business schools and individuals, The Genius Programme is now available to you in an e-book to which a personal or group mentoring module can be added.

Graeme Butchart - coaching,training,motivational speaking,writing,Life coaching,Business coaching,Leadership coaching,needs analysis,Developer of Great People

GIBS

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - 2014

Certificate programme Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10,000 Women, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services - Business Skills

Leading for results
Business Model & Business Plan
Financial & Management Accounting
Sales/New Business Development
The Art of Negotiation
Operations Management
Taxation/Compliance
Leading for Results: Leading Others
Marketing & Branding

The Dealmaker Programmes

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - 2013

The Art of Negotiation & Deal Making - Negotiation & Deal Making

Achievements

Awards

The South African Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2013 | 2013

Steinhobel is a finalist for Vena Vessel for The South African Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2013

Semi-Finalist for the prestigious 2013 South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards | 2013

Semi-Finalist for the prestigious 2013 South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards

The Awards recognize the contribution of women across a range of sectors. www.miw.co.za

Shortlist and nomination

Semi-Finalist in the 2013 South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards | 2013

The awards recognize the contribution of women across a range of sectors. www.miw.co.za

media exposure

Home To Life | 2012

renovating/sight projects interiors provide quality project management for all your building and renovating needs

Home To Life | 2012

Company Blog

Home To Life | 2012

Sight Projects and Interiors’ Decorating ServicePosted on May 21, 2012 by HomeDesign Blog
Posted in Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design and decor, Floor coverings, Furniture, Kitchens, Lighting, Living Rooms, Renovating

Home To Life | 2012

Academic Achievements

Selected to be a part of the Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10,000 Woman Program | 2013

Goldman Sachs launched the 10,000 Women programme in March 2008. It is a 100 million, five-year campaign to foster greater shared economic growth by providing 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business and management education.

The programme is founded on research conducted by Goldman Sachs, the World Bank, and others which suggests that this kind of investment can have a significant impact on GDP growth.

Research also suggests that such an investment in women can have a significant multiplier effect that leads not only to increased revenues and more employees for businesses, but also healthier, better-educated families, and ultimately more prosperous communities. 10,000 Women is coordinated in local markets by a network of more than 80 academic and NGO partners. More than thirty of the world’s leading business schools are participating in 10,000 Women, including seven of the top ten.

In South Africa, 10,000 Women is managed and delivered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science. By the end of 2013, the school will provide 300 underserved female entrepreneurs with a business and management training delivered by leading faculty and industry specialists.

This will be supported by mentorship, networking events, community dialogues and business advisory that will enable the women to grow their businesses.

Other Achievements

Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015 programme. | 2015

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and then helps them do it.

Activities

Memberships

Leading Women of Africa

Member, 2012 - present

•THE VISION

Born in Africa, Leading Women of Africa is a Pan African Network uniting women leaders in order to find ways and means to contribute to the maintenance of peace and stability in the continent through unity and economic empowerment of women in Africa in 21st century.

•THE MISSION STATEMENT

To promote genuine leadership for women of Africa and embarking in mainstreaming and supporting the creation of numerous successful micros, small and medium enterprises owned by women.

•OBJECTIVES

1.Supporting the economic empowerment of women in Africa through skills transfer and access to economic opportunities in order to advance the participation of women the mainstream economy of the continent.
2.Providing women leadership skills in their communities, groups and associations
3.Promoting implementation of African common position for advancement of women and the platform of action adopted in Beijing.

•OUR COMMITMENT

Leading Women of Africa is committed to Empowerment of Women and Development of Africa

My Genius

Member, 2012 - present

Inner Circle

Member, 2012 - present

The INNER Circle Business Forum brings together POSITIVE Business Owners, Directors, and Decision-Makers who WANT to do business - QUICKLY!

Changing Tides Group

Member, 2012 - present

Pink Collar Lifestyle

Partner, 2011 - present

BNI Rivonia

Member, 2011 - 2013

Business Engage

Member, 2011 - present

http:// www.womeninfinance.co.za

community

Mara Mentor

Business Mentor, May 2015 - present

Mara Mentor

Mara Mentor is an initiative of Mara Foundation, Mara Group's social enterprise established in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group. Mara Mentor is an online platform and mobile application that enables ambitious entrepreneurs to connect with peers and business leaders. It empowers entrepreneurs to build their businesses into agents of job creation and economic advancement. It inspires, thereby facilitating a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth.

The initiative encourages idea and knowledge sharing among Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth Mara Mentor has been created to empower Africa’s youth in their business endeavours, recognising that they are the driving force behind the continent’s growth and future prosperity. Ambitious entrepreneurs are encouraged to interact on the online community by raising a question, kick-starting a discussion and reaching out for personalised advice. Mentees can use the platform to showcase their business ideas and reach out to like-minded individuals to identify new business opportunities.

Mara Mentor can be accessed via website and also through mobile app available on iPhone and Android.

The African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) Student Enterprise Programme

- Advisory Board Member for the African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) Student Enterprise Programme , 2013 - present

Advisory Board Member for the African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) Student Enterprise Programme

Greenpeace

Financial contributor, March 2005 - present

Change The World - South Africa

Charity contributor, 2012 - present

Mandela Day charity drives and involvement

Miss Earth - Nadine Johnson Easter Egg Drive-Baragwanath Hospital

Charity contributor, 2012 - 2012

In April 2012 over the Easter weekend the Easter Egg drive with Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol.

Johannesburg Care Foundation

Charity contributor, 2012 - present

We are a Non-Profit Welfare organisation tending to the needs of about 100 old-age pensioners who are having a desperate time making ends meet.

SHALOM RESPITE CARE CENTRE

Charity contributor, 2012 - present

Shalom is a respite care centre in Magaliesburg that offers respite care to families with special needs children that desperately need a break from the intense and ongoing management of a special needs child.

The Breast Health Foundation

Charity auction contributor, 2011 - present

Thank you for your donation of a wallpaper feature wall for auction/prize, value R 6000-00 for the auction at Pick Collar Lifestyle’s head office on the 12th of November 2011.
Kind Regards,
Carmen Reed
Carmen@mybreast.org.za

Testimonials

Tash Govender, Director The Business School of South Africa

"Inspirational, intelligent and approachable are definitely traits that I would attribute to Fiona Richardson. I met Fiona on the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Women in Business Programme where we had both been selected as participants on Cohort 4 of the international programme that is conducted locally by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). First impressions last and Fiona is certainly a woman that stood out from the rest on our Orientation Day. Beguiling in her turquoise dress and with a warm smile ever present on her face, she displayed an aura of grace and compassion. It is no wonder that many of our other 48 contemporaries present on that day felt drawn to her.

It has been just a few short months made up of intermittent training days and I consider myself very lucky to have shared some time and space with Fiona. I have gotten to know her on both a personal and academic level and I am enthralled by her proficiency as a fellow student, her commitment as a Mother and her prowess as a business woman. In a tumultuous age when we struggle to cope with our daily lives and routine, it is certainly an inspiration to see Fiona balance all aspects of her life so well and yet still take the time to befriend others and make the effort to lift us up with her natural spirit and enduring demeanour. I am privileged to know Fiona and I intend to keep her around for life.

The nomination of South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2013 most certainly fits well with Fiona Richardson as I am confident that she displays all of the characteristics that the title is synonymous with and I for one will not be surprised if she adds so much more to such an already established championship.
" - 2013

Matthew Keulemans

"During the time I have known Fiona Richardson I have always been encouraged and enlightened by her to discover and learn more ways of making our business more efficient; effective and productive and to plan for the future.

Fiona is more than a person who just does what she is expected to do; she is a great enthusiastic leader in my opinion.

If you didn't know Fiona and had just met her as a complete stranger for example, if Fiona could see you need help in some way she will talk to you ,ask you what you do ,what your passions are and how you make a living.

Fiona is on it right away pointing You in the right direction, sending you long descriptive emails with all the best advice and contacts to help your business grow and become a better business through networking, workshops and contacts that she has seen at work.

I would recommend Fiona to anyone because of the caliber of person she is and because of her genuine interest in helping others who are seeking help in their businesses and in the marketing / entrepreneurial side.
" - 2013

Jane Franklin,Business Support Manager Ethicon Gynecology

"I have had the pleasure of working with Fiona Aitken-Richardson a number of times over the past 6 years. Her ability to understand and read people is incredible. Her intellectual curiosity is part of the reason why Fiona is so successful in her business. All her decisions are made with integrity as she will always do what is best for her clients.
Fiona is big picture orientated, her main business and love is interior design but she is always searching for and identifying other business opportunities.
I have always said that Fiona is the “Florence Nightingale” of interior design as there has been numerous occasions where she has taken cushions/linen from her own home or purchased the necessary items to decorate someone else’s home that was going through a difficult time and could not afford such luxuries.
Fiona is a caring, loving and bright woman who will go out of her way for her clients and friends. I would recommend Fiona’s business to everyone and I would definatley vote for her to be 2013 South Africa’s most influential women in business.
" -

Olivier Eyaba Munga, Founder & Consultant Changing Tides Limited

"I had the excellent fortune of meeting Fiona Aitken-Richardson a year ago though it quickly began to feel as though we had known each other our whole lives. When Fiona informed me that she had been nominated for the 2013 South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards, I was thrilled for her but not surprised at all, for a number of reasons:
- Anyone meeting or just seeing Fiona cannot fail to notice her incredible aura and charisma, which emanates a good spirit, a sense of purpose and a healthy confidence. Fiona immediately puts people at ease and makes them feel like they are in the presence of someone very caring and competent.
- Fiona is also a deeply spiritual being, keenly attuned to more subtle aspects of people’s natures, their characters, emotions, intentions and personalities. This makes her a very wise and efficient entrepreneur and also a great leader. Only one who can profoundly understand others can effectively lead and influence them.
- Fiona has a true gift for getting the right like-minded people around a table to make conscious associations and business happen. Over the past year she has invested an incredible amount of time and effort to connect very dynamic and successful entrepreneurs to one another, out of what I can only be described as a truly selfless sense of duty and responsibility to society & the business community, as well as a keen knowing that these individuals share similar intentions, goals and characters. I have personally benefitted form this through new friendships and meaningful associations
facilitated by her, and moreover all these entrepreneurs became members of my company’s International Founders network called The Entrepreneurs’ Circle. Links to their profiles on my website are listed below:

Fiona - A Masterful Facilitator of Meaningful Associations
• Entrepreneur Chris Morton - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=823
• Entrepreneur Ingrid Lotze - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=832
• Entrepreneur Sally Rossiter - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=868
• Entrepreneur Jonathan Jacobs - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=870
• Entrepreneur Will Harris - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=891
• Entrepreneur Shingai Ngara - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=892
• Entrepreneur Paul Smith - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=894
• Entrepreneur Bashir Khan - http://changingtidesgroup.com/business_system.htm?contentID=947

For every one of these incredible introductions, Fiona actually took the time to be there when we first physically met, and this is a true testament to her caring and selfless nature, without which one cannot be elevated to the honorable rank of person of influence. Fiona has undoubtedly earned this rank in my eyes and mind and I am sure that is also the case for most people who have been as fortunate as I have to have met and befriended her. For the reasons listed in this letter and many more that can only be experienced, Fiona truly is the most influential person I know.

Influential
1. The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or
produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.
2. A person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of
events.
3. Fiona Aitken-Richardson
" - 2013

Bashir Khan, Chief Entreprenator The Business Lab Business & Entrepreneur Accelerator

"Having been involved with the GIBS 10,000 Women Goldman Sachs Initiative and getting to know Fiona allows for me to recommend Fiona for the award.
If women of the next generation possess the qualities that Fiona has, then our country can only prosper. Her endless passion for people, entrepreneurship and looking at the greater good beyond herself makes her a truly remarkable women.
Because your award recognises the true essence of selfless leadership of women in South Africa, I have no doubt that Fiona is a winner on any platform.
" - 2013

Ingrid Siddle

"
Dear Fiona

I would most sincerely recommend you in a business capacity. You are professional, driven, and creative and have a sensitivity which is most rare these days particularly in the design and project management field.

Ingrid Siddle
" - 2011

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