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Bateleur Brand Planning / BEE Status: Level 2

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About the Shareholders and Directors of Bateleur:

Gordon Hooper

Managing Director

In 1988, Gordon Hooper co-founded Bateleur with a deep desire to find out what people think. His father, a doctor of humble origins, indirectly schooled him in human empathy. This; he embraced a three-pronged guiding principle to soft skill has proven invaluable in running his business. Gordon attributes his success to his father's advice main true to his ambitions – availability, affability, and ability (in that order). He also believes in opening new doors for people and companies and has dedicated his energy to nurturing the growth of his employees.

Kim-Lee de Vries

Director of Operations

Fresh out of school, Kim-Lee De Vries joined Bateleur in 2009 and was appointed a director and shareholder in 2017. Boasting a robust work ethic, unwavering passion and dedication to the business, Kim-Lee has a keen eye for taking complex data and distilling it into uncomplicated and easily digestible visual insights. She is fascinated by the plethora of topics covered in this industry and values the continuous learning that the business of research and brand planning offers. She particularly enjoys the freedom to be creative in her role, as well as being exposed to how people think and make decisions.

Talya da Silva

Production Director

While studying Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology, Talya discovered her passion for research. In 2016, she decided to take a year off from psych to work in research, which is when she started at Bateleur and never looked back. Talya’s degree in psychology compliments her career very well, as the purpose of research is to find out what people think; psychology is founded on the thoughts, perceptions and behaviour of people. She describes the Bateleur team as an extended family, something she feels distinguishes the company from its competitors. This is felt by the clients, too. Talya prides herself on being honest, trustworthy, respectful and reliable. She is guided by a principle inspired by Oprah Winfrey, “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not”. Serving as a mentor to junior researchers, Talya has uncovered another passion where she’s able to cultivate and nurture talented young, up-and-coming individuals who have the potential to thrive in this exciting industry.