Take Note IT

Vannie Pillay

Advisory Board Member

Skills and Experience


Vannie contributes significantly to Take Note IT’s strategic growth levers, human capital development, reputation, and communications agenda. She has her Honours in Industrial Psychology, a Master’s in Business (MBA) from Henley University, completed a certified directors program with IODSA, and is a certified Executive Coach.


Vannie is a trusted advisor with 20 years of high-impact experience addressing business and people transformation and strategy. She started her career as a teacher, moved into Human Resources in the financial services and FMCG sector, and then HR and Corporate Affairs and Communications for a large Retail organization.


She is now an accomplished consultant with knowledge and understanding of corporate, and SME business sectors, legislative & regulatory environments in Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, IT, Energy, Logistics, and Insurance Industries, including relevant regulatory, company & labor laws in SA and African territories.


She has a background in providing strategic direction to CEOs, and C-suite executives to help leaders build their businesses with a history of leading and directing HR, corporate affairs, and communications, driving business results, directing multicultural teams, and implementing strategic resets, change leadership, and transformative projects – mergers and acquisitions, organizational and capital restructuring, business rescue, and foreign expansion.


Through, Oaktree People Solutions, where she is Founder, CEO, and MD, Vannie serves SMEs by pioneering the “Ignite SME Hub” an integrated eco-system providing leadership and entrepreneur development programs as well as services SMEs need to start and scale up their business, directing her purpose igniting growth, helping entrepreneurs and SMEs thrive.


Current External Appointments


Founder, CEO, and MD of Oaktree People Solutions, Consultant, Member of various Boards, Executive Coach, Mentor for Gibs postgraduate program and MBA graduates through SIOPSA,

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