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Who We Are

Metaco was founded in 2009 by Barbara Walsh and Danny Tuckwood. The company grew rapidly to become a leader in the field of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. In 2014 they met Professor Peter Hawkins at Henley in the UK and resonated with his approach of developing high performing teams in the midst of their most important work, rather than individual leaders personally, outside of their work context. Peter joined the team as a Non-Executive Director and later became a shareholder in Metaco. The company grew by leaps and bounds as we became recognised for our expertise in this newly developing area of organisational effectiveness, and we found our niche working at the interfaces between organisational strategy, design and execution of tactical imperatives, the necessary development of leadership accountable for their results, and the requisite company culture to enable successful achievement of the strategy. Our work with thought leaders in prominent institutions and environments worldwide ensures our work is always aligned with global best practice and carries both local and international accreditation.

In mid-2018 Metaco was acquired by Comair to become the Leadership pillar of the futuristic Aviation Academy Comair was developing as part of its diversification strategy for the future. A change of leadership at Comair resulted in the return to their old ways of doing business, and the abandonment of the vision for the Academy less than a year later, including their divestment of Metaco. (You can follow the emerging story here)

Although significant damage was caused to our company, we fortunately still had our skills and experience in working with other teams through their own changes and challenges, and we started to apply these back into our own situation. In taking a stand against the unethical behaviour to which we were subjected, and at the same time starting the process of reclaiming and rebuilding Metaco, we have discovered the true essence of resilience, and found ourselves in the midst of a learning edge of personal experience it would otherwise have been impossible to acquire. As we integrate our ongoing learning into our work with client teams, they too are benefitting from our experience.

Metaco is currently a Level 4 BBEEE provider, we anticipate that by the end of 2020 we will have risen to a Level 2.

Our Team

World-class expertise at your service

Barbara Walsh
Barbara Walsh

Managing Director

Danny Tuckwood
Danny Tuckwood

Operations Director

Laverne Janikram
Laverne Janikram


Peter Hawkins
Prof. Peter Hawkins


The team is ably assisted by our Advisory Board and our hand-picked Associates

Our Guiding Principles

We believe the future of good business is deeply rooted in trustworthiness and compassion for all living systems. Our Guiding Principles ensure we remain centred in this world of disruption and uncertainty. As the foundation of our success, they provide a framework for our clients to transform their own leadership and culture.


We engage ethically in all our interactions, and are consistently respectful, honest and transparent


We think big, do the right thing and stay true to our beliefs, even when faced with adversity


We respond to complexity and uncertainty with imagination and choice to open up new ways of thinking and options for advancing


We anticipate disruption, flexibly adapt to changing conditions, and recover rapidly from setbacks


We believe in abundance rather than scarcity, and the ability of all to flourish and succeed


We co-create more value together than alone, and partner creatively across our eco-system

Our Purpose

To create opportunities that transform leadership thinking, deliver value and change lives to create a better, more connected world

Our Mission

We are here to:

Maximise Beneficial Impact

with our clients (organizations, teams and individuals) in raising the levels of leadership consciousness and systemic awareness to co-create a better world of tomorrow, with higher standards and stronger core values

Enable Growth

of sustainable and trustworthy companies, equipped to thrive in an environment of ongoing change and disruption, through the development of aligned and collaborative leadership teams

Co-create Value

across the entire stakeholder chain of the companies, teams and individuals we work with, contributing towards the growth of the economy in an ecologically sustainable way


in the future success of South Africa by providing pro-bono and subsidised services to Non-profit Organisations in order to grow leadership from the grass-roots level

Our Affiliations

Staying at the forefront of latest thinking in Leadership and Culture Change

  • Renewal Associates
  • AoEC
  • TPC
  • GP Strategies
  • Henley
  • ICF
  • IPM

Our Clients

Working across boundaries, borders and industries

B Corporations

We subscribe to the principles of B Corp and are preparing to apply for B Corp Certification.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society's most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.

For more information visit www.bcorporation.net