Lynne Melis

Course Developer

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Lynne obtained a BA from the University of Stellenbosch in 1974, majoring in Psychology and English, followed by a Secondary Teaching Diploma from the University of Cape Town in 1975 and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 1986.

She has a Certificate in Coaching Skills (2007) from The Coaching Centre, Cape Town and has Assessor (2002) and Moderator (2003) accreditation from the Assessment College of South Africa.

Her first position was as a Hansard translator at Parliament, and subsequently was appointed as Personnel Officer at the National Accelerator Centre of the CSIR. This, together with her background in Psychology, led her to enrol for an MBA in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

After starting a family in 1984, she worked part-time with the learning methodology of Prof. Sylvia Downs, using this approach to design material and enhance learning in organizations to develop others in facilitating this material to its full advantage. Lynne has a wide range of consulting experience in commerce and industry where she developed learner-centered material for various applications some of which cover technical training, induction programmes, supervisory and management skills, leadership competences, self-development as well as facilitation skills. Clients range from the insurance and banking industries, to the oil industry, manufacturing industries and NGO’s.  technical training, induction programmes, supervisory and management skills, leadership competences, self-development as well as facilitation skills.

As part of the Coaching Café, Lynne is able to utilize all her professional experience in designing, facilitating and coaching, while continuing to develop her skills.

She is married to Louis, who runs a geotechnical engineering consulting practice in Somerset West. They have three adult children and a constantly evolving collection of pets.