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Shane Hodgson

Change and OD consultant

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Masvingo Zimbabwe

Business change and organisation effectiveness consulting assignments in 33 countries so far. M.Sc. (Psych) MBA and PhD. Has worked for Ernst and Young, Price Waterhouse, SAP, Gold Fields, AVIVA, Vodafone. Occupational psychologist, Master HR Practitioner and FRSA with excellent strategy and technology skills.

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Vice President and Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness | Human Resources | Gold Fields Ltd
Sandton, South Africa | December 2011 - June 2013

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

originally hired into Corporate Human Resources as the Group Head of Organisation Design and Change Management, I worked across the 50 000+ employee global Group on issues such as HR transformation, Talent attraction and retention, mentoring and executive coaching, employee engagement, employer branding, organisational change management, fit-for-purpose business operating models and organisation design, culture change, behavioural safety and strategy implementation.

Working from the Gold Fields corporate office in Sandton, Johannesburg, I provided a Centre of Excellence service to operations in Australia, Peru, South Africa and Ghana and to start-ups and projects in Finland, the Philippines and elsewhere. This gave me dotted-line management control of all the OD, OE and Change Management practitioners globally, as well as responsibility for their professional development. To assist with this I set up both internal and external virtual communities of practice for OE and conducted training workshops with both practitioners and line managers. I also have spoken at multiple conferences in the UK, Australia and South Africa in 2013 on topics such as Organisational Effectiveness, Sustainable HR and Integrated stakeholder management (obtaining a social licence to operate). I also acted as mentor to various fast-trackers and High Potential candidates across the business.

I worked very closely with my VP counterparts in Strategy Execution; Sustainable Development and Innovation and Business Improvement and can also operate in those functions when required. After Gold Fields unbundled much of its South African operation and dramatically reduced its size and footprint in 2013, I accepted a voluntary severance package to return to freelance consulting.

Principal | Business Transformation Services | SAP
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - 2011

ICT and Telecommunications

SAP EMEA Emerging markets business transformation consulting

Director : Advisory Board | Human Capital Institute
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - May 2014

Human Resources and Recruitment

Not for profit institute in Human Capital

SAP Change Management Specialist | Customer Services | Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, United Kingdom | 2008 - 2008

Government, Public Administration and Defence

10 month contract to deliver organisation design and change management work alongside major SAP CRM program

SAP Change Management Specialist | IT | Xerox
London | 2008 - 2009

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Organisation design and change management contract for SAP rollout across 16 countries and 3 head office entities.

Organisation and Change Manager: Europe | Group Services | Vodafone
Newbury, United Kingdom | 2007 - 2008

ICT and Telecommunications

Six month contract in refining and teaching the Global Change Framework for Vodafone in Europe, and organisation design work.

Transition Manager | Group | Schenker Logistics
Essen, Germany | 2006 - 2007

Transportation and Logistics

Post merger IT integration and ORACLE to SAP migration in global logistics company, working in Essen and Los Angeles.

Head of HR Programme Management | General Insurance | Norwich Union
Norwich, UJK | 2005 - 2006

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Executive Manager | Management Consulting | Ernst and Young
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | 2004 - 2005

Consulting and Project Management

Sale,design and management of human capital and change consulting in the Gulf.

Global Program Manager | Human Performance Improvement | Wilson Learning Europa
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom | 2001 - 2004


Running global e-learning and webcasting programs into HP, teaching virtual teaming

Executive Consultant | People Effectiveness | Ernst and Young
Johannesburg | 2000 - 2001

Consulting and Project Management

Change and OD consulting and sales in SADCC region. Managing team of consultants and contractors.

Group HR Manager | Executive | LONRHO Africa
Harare | 1998 - 2000

Full HR function control for diversified industrial group of 28500 employees in 16 countries and 96 businesses.

HR Director: sub-Saharan Africa |
Harare | 1997 - 1998

ICT and Telecommunications

Assisting NCR after demerger from AT&T; restructuring and rightsizing across sub-Sahara region

Head: Organisational Change Unit | HR Consulting | Price Waterhouse
Harare | 1996 - 1997

Consulting and Project Management

Change and human capital consulting across 5 countries in the region.

Educational history


Rand Afrikaans University

Johannesburg | 2000 - 2003

D.Phil. - Leadership in Performance and Change

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham, United Kingdom | 1997 - 1999

MBA - Strategy, Marketing, Org. Behaviour

Rhodes University

Grahamsown, South Africa | 1988 - 1992

M.Sc. - Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology



Certificate of Appreciation | Academy for Education and Development (USAID) | 1997

Award for successful managing of donor-funded Government capacity-building program

Best doctoral dissertation in Department | Rand Afrikaans University | 2003

Best dissertation in the programme "D.Phil. Leadership in Performance and Change"

Sales Quota Achiever of the Year | Wilson Learning Europa | 2002

Competitive Accomplishments

Team Member | Eastern Province Men's Athletics | 1981

100m, 200m



Association of Change Management Professionals (Africa)

Executive committeee member, 2010 - present

British Psychological Society

Chartered Occupational Psychologist, 2006 - present

BPS registered since 2006

South African Board for People Practices

Master HR Practitioner, 2010 - present

Also an Approved Mentor in HR

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