Thompson - Counsellor - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Lauren Thompson

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


For many years people have been drawn to me, both friends, acquaintances and strangers for council. Over the years and having run my own business fro 11 years I have developed many skills including that of dealing with people on a very personal level. I would like to pursue a career in counselling, not only for myself but to fulfill a need that so many have to receive compassion, empathy and the support they need to deal with and recover from trauma in their lives.

Work History


Capital 5

with Century Properties and Decorex, as well as home owners and exhibitors consulting on Green integrity and the setup and running of the Green Design Centre at Waterfall. We have the Distribution rights for an Environmentally friendly and chemical free water purification product being marketed in the international markets. Projects completed in this time are the Green House at Decorex, Du Pont Melrose Arch, new Missing Link offices Design Quarter, Green Design Centre and consulting with various consultants on sustainable projects and developments.

IL Villaggio
Estate Manager for the complex where I reside, due to my background in the building and maintenance industry as well as people skills, I was approached by the trustee's of the IL Villaggio Body Corporate to fill the position and take over from the previous Estate Manager. This included the implementation of systems, processes & procedures and SLA's with the supply chain. Day to day running of the complex, dealing with suppliers and residents on behalf of the Body Corporate and Board of Trustees

Marketing and Sales

Midgard (Pty) Ltd

Parallel to the above I consulted to Midgard Conscious Choice from 2008 to 2010 on Green Interiors and implemented their Marketing and Sales strategies as well as structure for their business. Which lead me to the creation of Capital 5.
I have been involved in training and sustainable solutions including marketing and project management on projects with Discovery Holdings, Thebe Exhibitions, Gallagher Estate, Ranga Haikili Resort in Namibia, Top Turf, and was involved in the design, implementation, and project management as well as client liaison at the Decorex 2009 Living Green Pavillion which was solely designed by the Midgard team and implemented at the show. This included the procurement of sponsorships and product related to Green and Sustainability at the show. The show was successful and the number of visitors had increased substantially from the previous 5 years


Tabasso Interiors

From October 2003

of the company being an Interior Design & Decor Sole proprietor
Interior Design and Decorating. During this time I acquired the agency for a product manufactured in Durban to increase awareness in sales in the Johannesburg area, which has been most successful. My scope of work includes, but is not limited to; Design Concepts, consulting, marketing, sales, project management, drawings and layouts to scale, story boards, product sourcing, implementation, co-ordination.


WM Renovations & Interior Design

May 2002 - October 2003

Personal assistant and trainee designer, within 6 months was doing all design work and client liaison. This was an opportunity to develop my passion for space and design, and had the task of developing concepts, sourcing products, creating story boards, quoting the clients, client liaison and presentations, and turn key project management
Dell Computer

Customer Care for Platinum Sales

Internet Premier Page

From May 1999

(focused only on the ABSA Account) Dell's Largest corporate account through the Y2K roll out
Tracking of orders. Support to the External Sales person. Communication with the factory and Expedition of Computer Equipment as well as the establishment of effective methods for sales. Customer liaison. Developed and implemented an Internet site to assist in the rolling out of projects on-line. This was an idea to advance and improve the process of placement of orders from the client to Dell via their Internet Premier Page.
I was then given the responsibility of 2 other large corporate accounts as well as the Government and Public Sector accounts to manage.
Datadeal Technologies

Internal Accounts Executive

Cape Town Accounts

September 1998 - April 1999

In addition I was required to handle the Durban accounts - from January 1999
Nature of business - Supply of Notebook, desktop computers, and Enterprise Server and Storage Equipment
Responsibilities - Running of Cape Town accounts. Client Liaison, internal sales, travel to Cape Town to develop client relationships, stock and order management, customer care, dealings with Expeditors and factory i.e., notification to clients of deliveries and handling of queries and problems. The Implementation, configuration and maintenance of Customer Premier Internet pages for On-line ordering.

Marketing Co-ordinator, Assistant to Marketing Director and Account Executive (Sales)

Celcom Cellular Accessories

Responsibility - Marketing: Dealing with the press and designers. Design and implementation of all advert placement and materials, DTP and layouts. Press releases, shows, product launches, brochures, market research, public relations.
Celcom Cellular Accessories

Receptionist and PA to the Managing Director

As the business grew I was promoted to Customer Relations, marketing and sales, including the setup of the McCarthy deal and liaison with the cellular networks. I was responsible for the external sales staff, customer relations and order and stock management.



Capital 5

Qualifications & Certifications

Birnam Business College


Sandringham High School


Edenvale High School


Birnam Business College

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