Services and Tools
what we do
Helping you find the best opportunities for improvement, growth and partnership with your people.
Co- crafting with you the specific solutions to enable you to take advantage of the opportunities in your workplace.
Assessments and Surveys
Our approach to strategic planning
Our approach to Organisational Design
Our approach to Workforce Planning
Our approach to Leadership Development
Our approach to Labour Relations Strategy
Our training programmes
Our coaching approach
How we facilitate
Building workplace partnerships
The systems we use
our Core Team
Charles Nupen is an attorney and an ADR specialist. After several years of legal practice, most notably at the Legal Resources Centre where he served under Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, he was appointed executive director of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa in 1987 From 1987 to 1995 he steered IMSSA’s growth into a national organisation, and conducted several hundred mediations and arbitrations across all sectors of the South African economy. In the early 1990’s, during a time of heightened political conflict, he chaired the Soweto Peace Committee. In 1994 he was appointed as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission which oversaw South Africa’s first national democratic elections. In 1995/6, he assisted in the establishment of the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, South Africa’s first national public dispute settlement agency and served as the CCMA’s first executive director From 1998 to 2007 he divided his time project managing for the International Labour Organisation, a Geneva based UN agency, and expanding his business and consulting interests. He has facilitated labour law reform projects and the establishment of several national dispute settlement agencies in Southern African countries.
Since 2007 he has been involved in high level interventions to resolve commercial disputes, labour disputes, and to address dysfunctional relationships and systems in corporate settings and in professional service firms. He has also managed major multi stakeholder negotiations in both the public and private sectors. In 2009 he received Tokiso’s Mediator of the Year award. He is a CEDR accredited commercial mediator and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cape Town. He serves on the board of Resource Africa an NGO committed to promoting sustainable resource management to benefit rural communities in Southern Africa. He serves on the board of governors of Michaelhouse .
Chief Executive Officer
Alan started his career studying civil engineering, working for LTA before deciding to enter the Methodist Ministry where he served for 16 years in Klerksdorp, Worcester, Windhoek, Cape Town and Umtata. During these years he was active in the struggle against apartheid through such organisations as the United Democratic Front. During his last pastoral appointment in the city centre of Cape Town he assisted in the uniting of the two city centre Methodist Churches that had been separated since the 1857 due to emancipation of slaves. During these years he learned many of the organisational, communications, conflict management and negotiations skills that he has developed in different contexts over the years. Thereafter he worked for 3 years teaching at the University of Transkei and thereafter in civil society, most notably with the Urban Foundation, largely in the areas of organisational development and education. Alan left the NGO sector to start his own organisational development and training business in 1994 and has run this business with varying degrees of intensity ever since. Some significant consulting appointments include: Strategic Management of the Toyota Teach programme in KwaZulu Natal from 1994-1997; Coordinating training of monitors in the IEC for the 1994 elections; Coordinating the recruitment and training of commissioners in the establishment phase of the CCMA; Establishing performance management systems at MNET Broadcast Services, FCB South Africa and other companies. He has also worked extensively in SADC countries, particularly Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho.
During these years he has gained significant experience in the business sector. In 1997 he was appointed as Managing Director of Datatec Ltd’s training business which he grew within three years from a small operation to the largest IT training company in the country at the time.
From 2001 to 2003 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Questek, an Audio Visual Technology Company. In these contexts Alan learned to practice a diverse range of competencies at a high level and learned to understand the ICT industry. In 2006 he joined forces with Charles Nupen to establish StratAlign.
Alan has taught at three local business schools in a range of subjects: the Gordon Institute of Business Science, the Da Vinci Institute and Henley Management College. Most recently his major work has been with the top leadership of Telkom focusing on strategic support, leadership development and culture change. His core areas of expertise are in strategy formulation and execution, leadership and management development, performance management and organisational behaviour. He is a certified facilitator of the Barrett Culture Transformation Tools.
Bontle Mpakanyane has extensive experience in the areas of training, and development, and facilitation. She is a Director of The EleXions Agency. She is founder member of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) and headed its ELECT division. She has observed and has been part of the Secretariat to Electoral Observer Missions in the SADC region and has conducted political, corporate and community electoral processes.
She was instrumental in setting up the IECs conflict management structures in the 1999 general elections. She has experience in Project Management, Business Development, and has facilitated conferences on BEE and HR related topics.
Jill is currently working as an Office Administrator and Personal Assistant for Stratalign (Pty) Ltd, the office being based in Dunkeld West, Johannesburg. Required to manage the diary of the Executive Chairman and CEO, manage the office, prepare tenders and manage all the administration for the office. She currently runs the day to day tasks of the office to ensure a good workflow, procurement duties as well as all tenders and supply database. The Executive Chairman also being a mediator and lawyer has involved me in sitting in mediations, drafting of legal documents and minute taking in negotiations.
She is currently the project administrators for our IRPTN projects in the company which ensures meetings and notices are timeously sent to all and ensure the smooth running of the projects.
Her overview of work experience
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2nd Floor , 1 Bompass Road , Dunkeld West, 2196
P.O. Box 3231, Houghton, 2041
Tel: +27 11 268 5597
Fax: +27 86 694 2443