Sustainability Report 2015


People profiles

Developing a rewarding career in ERM

Deon Wessels
Cape Town, South Africa

I joined ERM in early 2013 and, in the same year, was nominated for the Aspire program, a 12-month personal development experience that was challenging and, at times, pushed boundaries, especially in delivering on group projects.

The Aspire program comprised two workshops and, between these workshops, participants worked in small groups on two regional projects. ERM's commercial leaders selected the projects based on current business imperatives.

In mid-2014, I was nominated for the Partner-in-Training program. To secure a successful nomination to the program, I developed and presented a business case that outlined a unique contribution to the Partnership, as well as how I would develop the skills and behaviors expected of a Partner. My case focused on the development of social opportunities in African mining as well as my role as Mining Sector Lead in Sub-Saharan Africa.

These programs have provided wonderful opportunities to network with some amazing people and get to know senior leaders across the EMEA region. The program also helped me to understand more about my strengths and areas of development as a leader, my emotional intelligence and what I can do to improve. I learned to understand ERM's business model, commercial and legal processes and the value of collaboration.

I set the goal for myself of becoming a Partner at ERM in the future through promotion from the Partner-in-Training program. I recognize the tough business environment in Africa and the challenges in building a team in these times; my approach is to help build the foundation for future growth within the organization, and ensure a committed team can support these goals into the future as well as build strong client relationships to deliver opportunities.