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What I Do

My name is Mary-Anne Calvert and I am a passionate developer of people and businesses to be the best they can be in this ever-changing world of work! 

I have been there, done that and my mission is to provide customised, relevant and cost-effective leadership & skills development training, business performance coaching & mentoring, and HR solutions.  My intention is to help employees and leaders face the challenges of the 4th IR, and businesses focus on agility, innovation and the human experience that future success will require.

I founded The Human Element in 2005 to use my adult education and business management qualifications and experience to provide my unique brand of:

I am also a registered assessor with the W&R and Services SETAS and as an Exempt Micro Enterprise, my B-BBEE status is Level 4, recognition level 100%.

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Your staff is the lifeblood of your business and the human element that makes people tick can either be an asset or a serious liability.


  • Develop creative, flexible, independent-thinking leaders and staff to adapt to the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Improve how your customers and staff experience your business in this new era
  • Coach and mentor to improve cross functional individual and diverse team performance
  • Facilitate change interventions
    • Develop emotional intelligence to improve relationships and people management skills to “humanise” the workplace
    • Improve operational processes and efficiencies through creative problem solving and decision making
    • Develop a “win/win” negotiating mindset
    • Challenge people out of their comfort zones to multi-skill, re-skill or become part of the alternative workforce contracted to your business.

Ready to find out more?

Contact me today for a free quote.  I will package the perfect solution for you and your budget!

Why choose The Human Element?

Icon1Every course is customised to fit the needs of your specific group – no generic courses.

Icon2No company is too big or too small – I deal with organisations of all sizes from entrepreneur to corporate

Icon3 (1)Not just a “bums in seats” approach –
I believe in working with teams and their managers

Icon4Courses focus on actual skills development – not qualification training

Icon5I speak from experience and know what works and what doesn’t

Icon6I create a fun environment, that is engaging, interactive and effective


Teams apply what they learn back in the workplace

Icon8Training accommodates differences in educational opportunities.


There is nothing that satisfies me more than seeing the results of what I do in the people and businesses I work with. The next best thing is being endorsed by them in writing!

"Mary-Anne is an experienced facilitator and has opened my eyes to what effective communication and feedback should be."

"Excellent delivery with detailed, relatable experience and examples."

"Mary-Anne exhibited a high level of understanding of the topics and encouraged active participation."

"The practical sessions were very insightful and informative."

Exterran Nigeria

''Mary-Anne, you are awesome - truly an amazing facilitator!  I have never been in training before where I felt so comfortable to be myself and speak up.  You created a fun, friendly and safe environment where I wanted to participate.''

" You encouraged me and gave me practical ways to implement positive and meaningful change."

“Mary-Anne is an exceptional facilitator who has great knowledge to share with us.  She educated us with understanding and made the training week a fun and enlightening experience.”

“The training and ambience created by Mary-Anne was awesome.  I was encouraged to express myself freely which enabled me to participate confidently.”

“Mary-Anne, thanks for being such an awesome facilitator and assisting me to be a better person and manager to my team.”

TFG Retail Academy

''What makes Mary-Anne’s results so special is the fact that she has gone out of her way to get to know our business and our policies, and her training is not just theoretical but is linked to actual business situations.''

City Couriers (recently rebranded to City Logistics):  HR Director          

 “As a newcomer to senior management, I am faced daily with all sorts of challenges. Mary-Anne has been working with me closely around key behavioural areas to help me grow and face daily situations in a professional manner.”

City Logistics:  Cape Town Branch Manager

“We have found The Human Element to be a responsible and passionate business partner who deals with integrity, innovation, and professionalism in the process of positive growth.”

Bidvest Laundry Group:  Group Financial Director

“Mary-Anne demonstrated broad knowledge and skills on this subject.”

“Mary-Anne, you know your stuff!  You encouraged everyone to participate actively and inspired me to go back and implement what I have learned.” 

Coaching and Mentoring – Joint Medical Holdings

“Mary-Anne is an excellent facilitator.  She is diverse in her knowledge and created an environment in which we could network and share experiences.”

“This was a motivational and enlightening course!  It provided us with self-insight and a reality check regarding our own behaviours as leaders.”

Women in Management – KZN Provincial Public Service Training Academy

"Thank you once again for handling our HR matter with such respect, even though we are a small business and for dealing with it in such a professional manner."


Ready to find out more?

Contact me today for a free quote.  I will package the perfect solution for you and your budget!


The Human Element has a variety of current and past clients in different industries including:

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In my 15th year - MAC - 2019.

It would make my day to hear from you! 

I will get back to you as soon as I can and I look forward to working with you.


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