TREVOR DICKINSON

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF DICKINSON GROUP OF COMPANIES

& CEO OF FAMILY LEGACIES

Trevor is Director of Family Legacies and Chairman of Dickinson Group of Companies, Africa’s leading provider of asset integrity management and industrial solutions to the mining, metals smelting, mineral processing and other large industrial companies. The Group was founded in 1910 and has remained a family-owned business for four generations. The company has business operations in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Russia. 

 

Trevor aspires to life-long learning and personal development, having completed his undergraduate degree in BSc Bldg. Mgmt., MBA, and has completed numerous executive and certificate programmes. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors IoD (South Africa), Family Firm Institute FFI (USA) and Family Business Australia (FBA). 

 

From 1998 to 2008 he also held the position as director and co-founder of Dickinson Projects, a leading South African property development company, focusing on industrial and commercial property development.  

 

In 2020, Trevor established Family Legacies, a family business consulting, focusing on family business consulting, leadership coaching, transgenerational entrepreneurship and family office services.  

KEY COMPETENCIES 

  • Emotional Intelligence 

  • Leadership 

  • Business Acumen  

  • Collaboration 

  • Family & Business Strategy 

  • Family Business Consulting 

  • Empathy 

  • International Business 

  • Coaching & Mentoring 

  • Negotiation Skills  

  • Joint Ventures & Alliances  

  • Entrepreneurship 

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Corporate Governance 

  • Positive Psychology 

  • Conflict Management 

  • Business in Africa 

  • Family Office & Wealth Management

Trevor aspires to life-long learning and personal development, having completed his undergraduate degree in BSc Bldg. Mgmt., MBA, and has completed numerous executive and certificate programmes. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors IoD (South Africa), Family Firm Institute FFI (USA), Family Business Australia (FBA) and African Family Firms (AFF). 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Building Management - University of Natal, Durban (1988) 

  • Programme for Management Development - University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (1994) 

  • Master of Business Administration - University of Witwatersrand Business School (2000) 

  • Property Development Programme - University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (2000) 

  • Strategic Management - Henley Business School, Graduate Institute of Management and Technology (2002) 

  • Coaching to Excellence - Centre for Coaching, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (2008) 

  • Certificate in Leadership Coaching - University of Witwatersrand Business School (2010) 

  • Scenario Planning & Strategic Thinking – Gordon Institute of Business Science (2013) 

  • Strategies for Excelling in Emerging Markets – Gordon Institute of Business Science (2013) 

  • Executive Development Programme - University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (2013) 

  • Being a Director - Institute of Directors, South Africa (2020) 

  • Family Business Governance & Directorship - Family Business Australia, FBA (2020) 

  • Dual Certificates in Family Business & Family Wealth Advisory - Family Firm Institute (USA) (2020) 

During Trevor's professional career he was responsible for the development of strategic initiatives for the expansion of Dickinson Group of Companies internationally, as well as the establishment of strategic alliances with leading global technology companies from the USA, France, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and China. Trevor has vast international business experience, having travelled extensively to more than 60 countries.   

 

In most cases, the criteria for the establishment of successful and mutually beneficial joint ventures and alliances included businesses that were family-owned, as well as the alignment of corporate values.  

 

Trevor gained significant experience working with family-owned companies throughout the world; including companies in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Russia, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Poland, Australia, Israel, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC, Zambia and South Africa. 

ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

  • Leadership Coaching

  • Corporate Strategy

  • Entrepreneurship & New Ventures

  • Alliances & Joint Ventures

  • Investments

  • Business Development & Marketing

  • Family Business

  • International Business

  • Corporate Governance

  • Property Development

READING GENRES

  • Personal Development 

  • Family Businesses 

  • Psychology

  • Human Behaviour Philosophy

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Strategy

  • Finance & Investments  

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Coaching

  • Autobiographies

  • Current Affairs 

  • International Business

TREVOR DICKINSON

FAMILY BUSINESS CONSULTING

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