Patricia holds a candle to no one when it comes to breaking boundaries, smashing glass ceilings and succeeding against all odds.
She was the first in her family to go to University and to later qualify with an MBA in the UK, where she lived for 9 years.
Patricia was the first woman to be granted Preferred Supplier status within the nuclear environment in 1998, her company completed a very successful turnkey project to, design, manufacture and replace the entire chlorination plant at Koeberg nuclear power station, recognized by all as a highly challenging endeavor.
In 1999 Patricia became the first woman in Africa to establish a rolling stock refurbishment company, in the town of Touws River, teaching new skills to an impoverished community and in so doing revitalized a forgotten town on the edge of the Karoo. CTE is now a national company employing over a thousand people and with 53hct of workshop space.
Patricia became the first woman to sit on a board of a farming co-op having entered farming as an opportunity to develop green, sustainable and ethical farming practices.
Patricia is able to understand the operational imperatives which drives performance, in measures of output, at a heartbeat. Yet her real value as a Leader stems from her ability to engage in high level thinking within each layer of a highly dynamic situation through her power of perception.
Patricia has demonstrated her ability to perceive market conditions and understand the key variables driving the Industry as well as market forces on operating on a Macro level. Developing a Customer-centric value system within the organisation is paramount. Her style of leadership in based primarily on the principle of ‘Locus of Control’.
A deep seated belief that Patricia has held and born from her humble beginnings is the adage Give and thou shall receive, not only therefore has CTE always invested in areas of great unemployment with the specific focus on empowering people to live with dignity and prosperity.
Today, her driving passion is to lead the Oasis foundation to play a role within areas of public service which touch at the heart of our nation.