ZALAWSON LESLIEDirector, Durban Office

Lawson Leslie

The founder of Argil, Lawson Leslie has for over 20 years worked with progressive & Customer Focused CEO’s in South Africa and abroad, utilizing his CEO, board level and senior management facilitation experience to help business leaders Grow their businesses and their People.

With his “Getting Closer to Customers & your People” philosophy, and together with the Associates and the Argil Team, Argil has built a global track record and reputation for unlocking growth across a wide spectrum of business to business organizations.

ZAGRAHAM HOWARDDirector, Durban Office

Graham Howard

Before joining Argil as a Director, Graham Howard was a senior executive in the corporate world for 30 years, leading premium brands of International Companies that required value solution selling, backed up by superior service delivery and the strong long-term relationships. He brings to Argil clients significant insight from his experiences in the sugar, automotive, and heavy equipment leasing industries.

ZAJOANNE WILSONHead of Development, Durban Office

Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson has worked at Argil Business Growth for the past 12 years and works hand in hand with Argil principals to provide clients with custom tailored, highly insightful design and analysis that informs on all internal and external Customer focused programmes.

ZAMIKE MONTOCCHIOHead of Organisational Effectiveness, Durban Office

Mike Montocchio

Mike Montocchio joined Argil with a background as a Chartered Accountant but brings to clients a unique expertise and 20 years of experience in corporate training and culture change. Mike’s passion and focus for the last 3½ years with Argil has been tailoring and working with GRID International’s world-class processes and tools to establish Organisational Effectiveness & Synergy in Argil's client companies for their CEO’s

ZAMIKE JANSENAssociate, Johannesburg Office

Mike Jansen

Mike Jansen’s broad and extensive experience as a programme manager delivering portfolios of work, including the start-up of National Lottery in 2000, business internet banking, and mobile television amongst others, is complimented by his roles as a skilled facilitator and expert executive coach. He’s always believed in customer-intimacy as an under-pinning component for successfully growing businesses.

ZATIM ELLIOTTAssociate, Durban Office

Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott spent 34 years with the Nampak Group opting for early retirement in early 2009. At the time he was Managing Director of Nampak Sacks who had engaged Argil to assist them with strategic growth and transformation processes. The impact on the business was profound and enthused with this first hand Argil experience, Tim is now delighted to be part of the Argil team as an Associate seeking to assist companies looking for meaningful strategic initiatives that deliver business growth.

ZAHOMER MICHAELIDESAssociate, Durban Office

Tim Elliott

Homer has spent 40 years in the corporate FMCG industry with Unilever, Smith and Nephew, Rainbow Chickens, and brings much experience in Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is also passionate about Leadership Development and Organisational Effectiveness and worked as an OD consultant for PSA.

ZAKONRAD BARTELAssociate, Cape Town Office

Konrad Bartel

Following a 20 year career in the manufacturing environment and 10 years as a management consultant implementing Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Business Coaching solutions into organizations throughout South Africa, Konrad was “forced” to join Argil by a mutual client who wanted to capitalize on the natural fit between Argil’s Customer focus and TOC’s ability to ensure operational excellence. The success of this “arrangement” was the catalyst to join forces and to make the synergy benefits available to more Customers.

AUPAUL BLACKBEARDArgil Australia Director, Perth office

Lawson Leslie

Paul Blackbeard joined the company after a highly successful 30 year career with multinational organizations—much of which was with Tetra Pak - Paul offers Argil clients pragmatic insights into management, commercial and marketing challenges gained from personal experience working in Africa, Europe and America. After being a client of Argil, he has now established Argil Australia to serve clients in the Asia Pacific region.


Durban Office
Tel: +27 (0)31 262-0850
Fax: +27 (0)31 262-2825
29 Aberfeldy Road, Atholl Heights,
Westville 3629
PO Box 226, Westville, 3630

Cape Town Office
Tel: +27 (0)21 843-3103
Fax: 086 670 4090
Unit 25 De Werf, De Wijnlanden, Stellenbosch
PO Box 12305, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, 7613


Australia Office
Tel: +61 8 6262 4588
Physical: 3 Como Waters,
177 Melville Parade, Como, Perth.
Postal: 3/177 Melville Pde,
Como, WA 6152, Australia