Marichen Mortimer & Associates - About us - the best in leadership development programmes and building high performance teams.


Marichen's exceptional qualifications, decades of experience and unique transformative talents perfectly prepared her for helping you and your organisation develop. She's an accredited coach & facilitator, leadership development and corporate wellness solution specialist, author, speaker, trainer and business management consultant. Here's what others think of her: Testimonials and here are her recent MM&A Newsletters.

Her unique journey has honed her to be perfectly suited to helping with self leadership, leadership development or building high performance teams. Her clients span an impressive portfolio of multinational and local businesses across many different industries.

Outside of her business life, Marichen is a keen sportswoman having completed events such as the 70.3 Ironman, Midmar Mile, Argus, 94.7 and several other races.

Distinguishing Talents:

  • Alchemy that brings out the best in people
  • Unravelling self-imposed limitations of individuals (in team context or otherwise)
  • Accessing people's full potential via self-leadership skills and creativity
  • A passion for de-stressing techniques that enhance the coaching process
  • Consistently delivers successful programmes Nationally & Internationally
  • In-depth understanding of the South African economy.
  • Applies best methodologies for best results in the given time frame
  • Stays up to date with most progressive techniques & internationally aligned training
  • Specialises in people development solutions and transformation programmes for organisations and individuals and the building of high performance teams.


  • Masters in Business Leadership (MBL, UNISA)
  • Master Certified Coach (ICF (US))
  • Master Coach (IMCSA)
  • Chartered Director (CD (SA))
  • 100 Best Global Coaching Leaders award (CHRO Asia)
  • Accelerated Directors Programme (Institute of Directors Southern Africa)
  • B. Soc. Sciences (University of Natal, PMB)
  • Qualified Yoga Teacher, Laughter Therapist, Clinical Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy & Metaphysical studies with Dr le Roith
  • Training Assessor, Moderator & Evaluator (ETDP SETA)
  • Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner


  • Started in HR at Barlows
  • Worked in mining
  • Worked in industrial & commercial property
  • Worked in IT sector
  • Served as non-executive director for 6 years (IoDSA)
  • Served as Chairperson of Social & Ethics committee (IoDSA)
  • Served as member of remuneration & nominations committees (IoDSA)
  • Instrumental in design, creation & launch of SAP’s E-learning project
  • Started her own business in 1997 in leadership training & wellness consultation
  • MD of MM&A, providing services to corporate SA & Africa with ever-expanding programmes.

Some Clients:

  • Banks: Barclays, ABSA, Nedbank
  • Financial Services: Old Mutual, Momentum, Sage, Sanlam
  • Trading: Osiris
  • Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • CSIR, Bestmed
  • Telecoms: Telkom
  • Public sector: Eskom
  • Marine: Smit Amandla
  • Facilities Management: TFMC
  • Household goods: JD Group
  • Transport & Logistics: UD Trucks, BMW
  • Stellenbosch University Business School
  • SAB


Marichen is a vibrant and popular speaker and can be contracted for Motivational Talks, Master of Ceremonies needs or Key Note Addresses.

Marichen Mortimer is an experienced Master of Ceremonies at large events and information on past professional appearances can be provided on request. The largest of these is a Ladies Day annually hosted at Emperor’s Palace with ±1500 guests.

Some of the Motivational Talks and Key Note Addresses Marichen has delivered include topics such as:

  • Managing oneself in an ever-changing, competitive business world
  • Managing clients for sustainable success
  • Leading High-Performance Teams
  • Customer Care – The Competitive Edge?
  • Stress Management: Learn to relax and maximise your potential
  • Laughter – The best medicine
  • Boundless energy
  • Discover the jewel within (Being a woman, celebrating colour and indulging the senses)
  • From Corporate Dynamo to Diva Divine


Apart from her MBL, ICF, IMCSA and being a Chartered Director, Marichen is a qualified yoga teacher, laughter therapist, reiki master and has completed metaphysical studies. She also brings experience in colour and aroma therapy. This means that she offers a holistic platter of modalities to complement the structured, left-brained processes used in her coaching and corporate programmes.

Depending on the client's needs, Marichen can suggest or provide these alternative therapies as well.

Marichen: a top globally recognised coach

Marichen on Cover of Women's Journal!

  • In 2024 Marichen featured in Women's Journal Magazine as one of the top global women coaches in the professional arena
  • She was chosen to grace the magazine cover
  • Sharing the honours with renowned coaches such as Mel Robbins speaks to her calibre.


Marichen Mortimer and Associates’s ongoing corporate social investment goals are guided by the following principles:

  • Developing human resources for sustainable advancement
  • Providing positive leadership support that makes practical and meaningful business sense for shareholders, investors, employees and the community

We care! At present Marichen's two focus points are:

  • Wildlife conservation via support to the Endangered Wildlife Trust and sponsoring a cheetah at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Conservation centre.
  • Making a positive contribution to education via the Partners for Possibility programme (more below), and giving motivational talks at schools.
  • Supporting cancer awareness each October with free yoga classes and donations go to CANSA.
  • Working with Beeheroes to educate and support healthy beekeeping in South Africa, while uplifting local communities.

Marichen is a lead facilitator for the Tshwane Leadership circle for Partners for Possibility, an initiative that contributes to the transformation of education in South Africa. Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa' education crisis and its success lies in its partnership process, which joins business leaders with principals from under-resourced schools in a year-long leadership development programme. The programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between business, government and the social sector. Since 2010 the project has been supporting and developing school principals by partnering business leaders (with skills and knowledge of leading change) with school principals in co-action and co-learning Partnerships for Possibility across the country.

Marichen Mortimer and Associates have been involved since 2014. In 2015 Marichen took a group of 20 leaders and guided them through the year-long leadership development programme as lead coach and facilitator. She has continued the journey with a group of 22 in 2016, with 2017 seeing 2 groups embark on their Leadership Development Programme and it continues to expand from there.

"Let what you love be what you do. When I work with people, be it in their individual capacity or in a group, I work from the perspective of their total potential, creating a space for them to step into it and flourish. You cannot expect to change if you do not change your thinking and you cannot change your mind unless you change what you put into it. To lead others you must first learn to be a leader of yourself, and that is the more difficult task." - Marichen Mortimer