footsteps is a not-for-profit association of Organisation Development (OD) and development practitioners. (NPO Number 056-721-NPO)
Based in Durban, South Africa, we work on the continent and elsewhere in the world.


We support civil society initiatives and their leaders to:

  • strengthen themselves, their organisations and their work
  • think more systemically and strategically
  • find ways of thriving in a volatile context
  • craft strategies and approaches that effect real, sustainable change
  • make a positive difference in their communities, their countries, and the region

Our Vision

A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY contributing to:

  • social and systems change
  • justice and equality
  • environmental sustainability
  • ethical and effective development practice


footsteps brings together professionals with decades of experience in:

  • Process Facilitation
  • Organisation Development
  • Change Management
  • Education
  • Skills Development
  • Project Management
  • Coaching
  • Leadership

We combine our skills, knowledge and experience to respond – in the form of projects, programmes and other
offerings – to issues and challenges facing South African and African civil society today.


footsteps practitioners recognise that …

  • development and change starts from where people and organisations are now
  • we have to see, appreciate and work with whole systems, not isolated parts
  • meaning, intelligence and strategic choices come from encountering and working with complexity, not from avoiding it
  • clients and other stakeholders need to make their own choices: we support processes, ask questions, offer ideas; we do not impose our will
  • our work is all about people – it requires a human response, not just a technical one

Meet our team

footsteps practitioners are leaders and experienced consultants committed to our shared purpose. 
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Carol-Ann Foulis

Carol-Ann Foulis is an organisational development (OD) practitioner, a facilitator/trainer and co-founder of various social development projects with 25+ years’ experience working in civil society.

Peter Court

Peter has worked in education, the creative arts and theatre for almost thirty years, and in South Africa for over twenty. Much of his current work focuses on strengthening school systems through the creative arts and life orientation programmes.

Yolande Toohey

Yolande Toohey is a Skills Development practitioner with over 13 years’ experience in the industry. She specialises in optimising the performance of companies through their staff…

Anita Simon

Anita works with individuals and organisations to support their learning and development processes. Her work – whether it consists of process facilitation, organisation development and strengthening, or a variety of trainings – is always uniquely designed to meet her clients’ particular needs…

Sunjay Panday

In 2022 we were saddened to say goodbye to our longtime colleague Sunjay Panday. May he be remembered for his kindness, his humour and his contribution to the world of development. May he Rest in Peace.

Patsy Church

Patsy Church is a skilled and experienced teacher, trainer, facilitator, counsellor, executive coach, mentor and curriculum developer who works with individuals and groups in schools, corporates and NGO’s…

Tsitsi Maradze

Based in Zimbabwe, Tsitsi is an independent development consultant and OD practitioner and trainer with more than 19 consecutive years of consulting experience…

Warren Banks

Warren works with organisations and leaders to find unique responses to the challenges and opportunities they face. He facilitates strategic thinking, change management and OD processes…

Simanga Sithebe

Simanga has worked in civil society organisations for over thirty years – both as a practitioner and a leader. His experience includes designing and implementing…

Davine Thaw

Davine co-developed the Facilitator Development Programme which has been run over 45 times in South Africa and in eight other countries in Africa, Asia and Europe…

Continual Development

Please look out for updated sections on Publications & Resources and Programmes!


Changemakers Facilitator Development Programme (August 27-September 1, 2023)

Our flagship course, the “Facilitator Development Programme” has been broadened and transformed into the “Changemakers Facilitator Development Programme”. This updated version of the original training was presented successfully in 2022 and 2023. It will be run again in South Africa in 2024, in Kwa Zulu Natal (April 14-20, 2024) and in the Cape Town area (May 26-June 1). Contact us if you would like more information.

A Lasting Legacy: leadership succession and systems change (2022-23)

Our new development programme, “A Lasting Legacy: leadership succession and systems change” – a programme for NGO leaders and organisations in transition, is being run for the second time from September 2022 – July 2023. This is a “by invitation only” programme, however, should it be of interest to you, please contact us to register your interest and get more information.

Publications & Resources

Many of our existing publications remain available for purchase, but we are busy revising our lists and distribution system. For more information on our current list, please drop us a line.

For more information:

Changemakers Facilitator Development Programme 2023

Contact us

To get in touch please fill out the contact form below or drop us a line at or

222 Evans Road Glenwood
Durban, 4001, South Africa

+27 31 206 2954