Meet Our Team

Specialist marketing and communication disciplines, underpinned by principles of psychology, is our speciality and our passion. It’s what energises us and keeps us motivated, to serve you our customers across the African Union territory. The business was born out of a firm belief in the distinctive benefits of including all stakeholders in organisational delivery and success. In addition to our specialist expertise and experience, we manage our clients’ projects like our own, always considering that there are individual goals, specific needs and hopes behind every action taken.

Linda HammanMarketing and Communication[email protected]
In 1990, Linda started an IT business developing, selling, implementing and supporting ERP software. She built it up to a national organisation with a staff of 55, and sold it to a JSE-listed company ten years later. In 2000, motivated by her philosophy around employee engagement, Linda launched Talk2Us, a strategic consultancy. Through Linda’s adept business acumen and insight, and a professional fired-up team, Talk2Us has grown exponentially to a multi-client corporate organisation, much in demand, and much admired. Providing strategic, tactical and operational engagement interventions to its blue chip clients. Linda is a proponent of the importance of internal engagement, and what she calls ’the authenticity gap’ – the gap between what you say you do, and what you actually do. If what you say and what you do are not aligned there can be no authenticity. As a result, the brand and its promise cannot be trusted – nor can your business. Linda practises what she preaches, and her spirited enthusiasm permeates throughout the company.
Charles NightingaleTechnology[email protected]
Charles began his career in 1987 with the Department of Posts and Telecommunications, as a Works and Estate Clerk. Even at that early stage he showed a large measure of business acumen, and soared rapidly upwards in the ranks to head up the Durban office, managing properties for what we now know as Telkom. When Telkom outsourced properties to TFMC, Charles took over the responsibility of establishing the TFMC Centurion Call Centre and Client Relationship Management, with a staff complement of 50. It was there he met Linda Hamman, who was helping with the CRM strategy: he was converted to her belief that people and behaviours were the key. A move to Talk2Us was the obvious course - investing in a growing business. Among his busy, pivotal executive role in the company today, Charles found time recently to establish its in-house Web-based Communication Communication Division – of which he is Director-in-charge. In addition, Charles is a Leadership Development Facilitator, specialising in Internal Communication, Organisational Development, and Training practices. He has worked with clients with a variety of industries, combined with his passion for the development and transformation of individuals and teams, as well as leveraging the use of technology in the Corporate Communication space; position him distinctively in the training and development industry.
Jackie HollickFinance[email protected]
Jackie came to South Africa in 1982, and has worked in the financial and administration field for six companies based in various industries. She joined Talk2Us at its beginning, and is the company’s Financial Director, managing all financial and administration tasks. Jackie is one of the vital pillars supporting the Talk2Us edifice. In the early days of Talk2Us, if something had to be done, and it couldn’t be slotted into a particular portfolio, it was left to Jackie! On top of her financial activities, it was Jackie who did the scheduling of training courses, the purchasing of corporate gifts, assisting with event management, dealing with suppliers, etc., etc., etc.! As the company grew, so came additional staff to take some off the weight – except that the financial management side of Talk2Us nowadays is arduous enough to keep her very busy.
Matthew CounihanCreative[email protected]
Matthew graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. However, the magnetism of the Arts held a stronger allure. Although Matthew was not the traditional Drama/Music graduate, this did not stop him from pursuing his dream of performing and has performed in many local and international productions. Following this, Matthew expanded into the world of Education where he was able to share his practical experience in a formal learning environment. He has worked with and coached many leading schools such as Roedean School, Reddam, Crawford College, Abbotts college, Beaulieu, Kingsmead, St Davids Marist, Stageworx and others in the Arts at a strategic and execution level. Matthew has been working at Redhill School since 2016 with the express of positioning Redhill as leaders in creativity, innovation and Arts advancement. His association with Talk2Us goes back to his early days at Redhill, his belief that the marketing of events and productions is one of the critical factors that foster a sense of abundance for those involved. Being part of the Talk2Us team adds an exciting dimension to reaching new heights for those involved in The Arts.
Siphiwe VilakaziEnrichment[email protected]
A highly accomplished Education Professional with 12 years’ Directorship Level experience at the country’s most prestigious schools, Siphiwe Vilakazi is passionate about improving the educational outcomes of students as well as empowering surrounding communities by leading stakeholder engagement initiatives that support achievement of the school’s operational and strategic objectives. With significant career success across the spectrum of Community Engagement, Outreach and Enrichments at St Stithians Boys’ College, St John’s College and Redhill School, an independent, private school situated in Morningside, Johannesburg. He identifies and fosters working relationships with various partner organisations and other key stakeholders to deliver exciting opportunities for the school, its students and the broader community. Committed to strengthening this fundamental pillar of schools, Siphiwe provides insightful direction within any school’s Campus Management, Community Engagement and Diversity Students committees. A well-respected and progressive leader in the community, he is diplomatic and professional in his articulation and balancing of the needs of both parties, particularly those relating to the school’s equity, diversity and sustainability. A Qualified IEB Assessor currently completing his B.Ed. Honours from the University of Pretoria, Siphiwe combines a strong academic record with extensive experience and professional accolades that together indicate his competency in driving continuous improvement programs that benefit the school, its students and community stakeholders.

About Us

At Talk2Us our hybrid approach is unique – we use marketing and communication disciplines all underpinned by the principles of psychology.  We have a wealth of expertise in business management, marketing, communications, facilitation and psychology.  We are able to identify the need, formulate and package the associated initiative, provide project co-ordination services to implement it and measure the efficacy.