About us

Learn | Grow | Evolve

Where employees are charged with administering, representing, promoting or growing your organisation – it is crucial that they have the know-how, motivation, tools and required standards in order to deliver on expectations.

Employee development and performance go hand in glove, the first often steering the second.

Corporate Wise is a Training and  HR consultancy that unites people development and management to help organisations unlock the value of their people. We offer affordable tailor-made training and add value by helping HR people measure training return on investment. The HR division specialises in helping companies manage their risk through pro-active measures in all aspects of human resources.

Corporate Wise has been specialising in communication and business skills since 2002. The company is Services SETA accredited and a Level 4 BB-BEE contributor.


Willow Burmeister - HR Consulting

Willow is an experienced HR professional who worked for 9 years as full-time Human Resources Manager to an international book publishing house, where she built the HR department and worked with senior leaders across South Africa and internationally. More recently she has consulted in the pharmaceutical, hospitality, manufacturing and fitness industries.

Her experience includes HR consulting on all aspects of people management and development, recruitment, job description and grading, compensation, performance management, training facilitation, HR policies, labour relations, BB-BEE scorecard, equity, skills development, employee surveys, and health and safety.

She has had work exposure in the UK, and built HR relationships with American, Australian, Canadian, Latin-American and African colleagues. She served as Chairperson of the Skills Development sub-committee for the book publishing sector where she was involved in industry internships, skills funding and remunerations surveys.

Willow is an accredited EDTP SETA Skills Development Facilitator, and has studied Human Resources Management, Industrial Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Economics, Business and General Management with the University of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch Business School and Damelin.


Kate Gerber - Training Division

Kate is an accomplished lecturer and corporate trainer who is passionate about achieving transformative change through developing the knowledge and skills of others.

She has developed and facilitated over 50 training courses for organisations such as Varsity College, BOE/Nedbank, Cape Peninsula, University of Technology, British American Tobacco, Old Mutual, Netcare, and Cape Nature amongst others.

With a background in speech, drama and adult education, Kate’s working experience in the corporate world gives her valuable insights into the needs of organisations.

She has facilitated learnerships, NQF-aligned courses and ABET mentoring, with her speciality being in the communications arena.

She has been heading up the Cape Town branch of Corporate Wise since 2007.

Kate holds a a Higher education diploma from the University of KZN, with majors in Communications and Adult Education. 

She is a Registered Assessor with Services SETA and Food & Bev SETA. She is a qualified Mediator registered with the Mediation Institute of Southern Africa. She also has a Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Richard Lehnerdt - HRIS Division

Richard adds value to a broad range of businesses, ranging from new venture start-ups, SME's and existing enterprises with setting strategy and vision, building a winning culture, capital allocation, business development, strategic management, business mentor/ leadership, expanding and redeveloping existing business, structuring business and implementing administration processes.

With over 14 years specialising in IT systems and consulting, backed by a BSc (Hons) degree from UKZN, his passion lies in simplifying that which others perceive to be complicated. He uses a value approach to technology that changes the face of business operations. 

Richard  is enthusiastic about innovative products and service development, having a customer-orientated business approach, managed services delivery and innovation, management and development, inspiring high performance levels and optimising organisational skills, decision making, problem solving, optimizing infrastructures.

His area of expertise is in Open Source Technologies and, specifically, helping SME’s structure their systems to suit their needs and simplify their business requirements