Our People

Nico de Kock – CEO

Nico holds a National Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the Vaal Triangle Technikon as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

He started his career in the corporate environment where he worked at WesBank for the first 3 and half years; starting as a customer accounts officer and ending a business measurement analyst at their Head Office. After the corporate experience Nico ventured into some entrepreneurial businesses before getting involved with training, development and consulting. Building up the Louis Allen Southern African business has been his passion ever since he got involved in 2001. For an analytical person such as Nico, the Louis Allen systematic approach towards management leadership development was an ideal match.

As a co-owner and senior management leadership specialist, Nico has worked with management teams on all levels in various industries over the past 15 years. His success in Louis Allen Southern Africa can be contributed in part to his dedication to the Louis Allen brand, its service offerings and most importantly his relationship with the clients. Nico believes in making a difference in the lives of all Louis Allen managers by high-lighting the impact on bottom-line results.


Neo Masombuka – COO

Neo Masombuka holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree and a PostGraduate Diploma in Organisational Management, from the University of Cape Town.

She started her working career as a Human Resource specialist for a large corporate in the financial services sector where she grew up to a Middle Management level. She left after 8 years to work as a freelance facilitator.

Her love for development of people led her to join Louis Allen Southern Africa as a partner in 2005. In Louis Allen she has served as a Management Development Specialist working with companies mainly in the services, financial and manufacturing industries for six years. She has also spend one and a half year working on the FIFA World Cup for the City of Tshwane managing the city’s Volunteer Programme.

Neo is totally service oriented and very energetic, she dedicates her spare time to community work. When she is not pacing the corridors of the corporate world as a Management Specialist at Louis Allen, she enjoys spending quality time with her three children.


Alex van der Westhuizen – Snr Management Leadership Specialist

Alex van der Westhuizen is highly experienced in facilitating learning and influencing others. His insight comes from years of experience in General Management positions drawing from time spent at various large corporates in South Africa. He also has extensive experience working with senior executives in African countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania around Leadership Development initiatives. As registered assessor, Alex holds an MBL degree from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership. He is obsessed with quality and is very knowledgeable on communication, leadership, problem solving and decision making, performance management and coaching. Alex has been extensively involved with Engagement Surveys, over the past 2 years. This was on behalf of the Airtel Group in 16 different Africa countries, including Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Burkino Faso.

"The ability to lead people was once thought to be largely a matter of personality. Good managers, however, have personalities as varied as doctors or lawyers. They are brilliant or plodding, cautious or bold, friendly or reserved; their education ranges from liberal arts to nuclear physics; from accounting to business administration. The one common characteristic of many kinds of people who are professional managers is that they are all doing a particular kind of work and doing it in a particular way." Louis A. Allen