Our Team

We pride ourselves on having a team of top executive coaches – all who have a wealth of experience across the corporate arenas. All our coaches have gone through the STAR transformational journey and embody our values.

Savannah Steinberg – Founding Director (Master Certified Coach) 

Savannah started her formal coaching career in 2004. It was born out of a deep desire to help individuals master the skill of shifting to a level of consciousness, emotional intelligence, and self-love that would profoundly impact themselves and those around them. Through her studies, research of coaching methodologies, and years of training locally and internationally, she has developed specialised skills and founded several programmes to guide clients to master agility, self-love and authenticity.

With more than 2,500 coaching hours and over 200 consciousness development and coach training interventions, Savannah knows that to develop sustainable and significant transformation, it requires a shift in thinking.  Her focus is therefore to help individuals shift from the need to be the best “in” the world, to a desire to be the best “for” the world.

She is also actively involved in projects that support radical transformation in the education system in South Africa, and see herself as a lifetime student; constantly exploring the latest trends and developments in the organisational learning and development fields. In addition to being a Master Certified Coach, Savannah also holds a Masters Degree in Business and Executive Coaching where the topic of her thesis was Exploring Expert Performance in Business and Executive Coaching. It is the research and findings from this research that forms the foundation of the Star Coaching Methodology and the Transcendent Leadership Compass (TLC).

Mary Fourie – Facilitator & Coach

Over the past 17 years, Mary has shaped her tools in several service positions in the retail, online gaming and more recently, financial services worlds. Her passion to learn and grow has propelled her from entry level positions all the way to an integral part of senior management – and finally culminating into stepping into the world of facilitating and coaching. She is deeply passionate and curious about the world and humanity – especially the way we think, feel and interact – and uses this to help others define and create their own journeys.

She has completed her Professional Coach Training through Star Leadership’s ICF Approved Coach Training and Leadership Development Programme and is an ICF member. She’s also an Integrated Enneagram Solutions Accredited iEQ9 Practitioner and Team Facilitator and believes the journey of the Enneagram is a powerful and supportive complement to any self-development work.

Heidi Poulton – Facilitator & Coach

Heidi is a qualified Executive and Business Coach with over 2 500 coaching hours over the past 25 years, and has trained both locally and Internationally. She’s worked across a variety of industries with clients at Board, Executive, senior and middle-management in the private and public sectors. Due to her background, her practical and results oriented approach enables her to partner with people from all levels to create shifts in their thinking and behaviour to build leadership capability. She relishes working with high powered individuals – helping them to consistently and effectively get the best out of their team, their people and themselves.

She’s a facilitator of Leadership Development, EQ, Team Coaching, Diversity and Change Management and a Professional Member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa.  She is also a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), a qualified trauma counsellor and an accredited assessor. In addition to this, Heidi is an author with many articles published, and several appearances on TV and radio.

Chantal Dawtrey – Supervision facilitator

Chantal Dawtrey stands for lifelong, purposeful learning and leadership development. This motivated her move to become a coach, facilitator and coach supervisor after 23 years in the corporate world. Chantal has a deep commitment to transforming the landscape of education in South Africa and therefore a strong focus on team effectiveness, community building and emotional fitness interventions. She is also actively involved in leadership development and educational support programmes that work to change the learning and teaching environment.

Chantal qualified as a coach through Metaskills and completed an MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) through the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where she researched coaching supervision. Her research gave her a keen appreciation of the support and development needs of coaches and the importance of supervision and inspired her to become a qualified coach supervisor in 2015. She is a COMENSA credentialed coach, registered supervisor and chairperson of the COMENSA Supervision Portfolio Committee and has well over 1500 hours of coaching experience.