Hilda Havran

Hilda Havran

Consulting Team

Hilda has over 20 years’ experience in corporate and consulting roles all aimed at unleashing the power and potential that resides in people. Her career spans across HR and Organisational Development and she has held leadership roles promoting her profession as well as in Banking and Telecommunications. Before joining YSC she was the Regional Head for Learning and Development for Africa for an International, German Freight Forwarding business. She joined YSC in 2013 and in her time here has worked with large global multinationals as well as local businesses, focusing on business development, the management of large developmentally focused leadership cohorts, individual assessment, executive coaching and team development. Her most recent role entailed co-leading the South African business where she exceled at developing team and individual interventions and  building strong, coaching relationships to bring about impactful change.  Her work resonates with her purpose of being a catalyst for change and she enjoys the dynamic and varied nature of working with leaders across all levels. Although she has worked across several business sectors, Hilda has built up expertise in Mining, Energy, Retail, Banking and Technology.  She moved to the London consulting team in 2021 and continues to bring a systemic, attentive and incisive approach that balances analytical insight with care and empathy. She creates a safe environment and balances going deeper when needed with practical, context relevant solutions. She goes at the pace clients feel comfortable with but not without bringing the challenge and stretch that is needed for personal and professional growth.

Hilda is a qualified psychologist who holds a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Organizational Psychology. She also holds an Honour’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Early in her career, she volunteered for many years as a counsellor at a crisis counselling centre in Johannesburg and coauthored Thinking About Therapy, a practical guide to navigating therapeutic modalities. In addition to several short courses in business, strategy and psychology topics, she has her Executive Leadership coaching certification obtained through the Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of the University of South Africa.

Born in South Africa, Hilda has multi-cultural roots spanning Belgium, Germany, Poland and Hungary. She lives in the UK now and, with her amazing husband and son, and loves exploring new places. The family have traveled extensively with favorite destinations remaining Japan and Argentina. When not traveling, she loves being involved in school and community initiatives and is an active and evolving DIYer.

Client Testimonials

I want to express my gratitude to you for what was a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking assessment. I am really looking forward to the development journey ahead. Marketing Director, Regional Financial Institution   

I have never seen such common supportive views of a coach as in your case. Despite all the personality differences in the team you have been able to lead all of us (including me) during this process. You even challenged me with some of the realities – thank you for that. Managing Director SA, Global Mining Business

Through my coaching with Hilda, I am far more self aware. Aware of my impact as a leader. Aware of my personal brand. More aware of my leadership strengths and weaknesses. More  capable of improving my weaknesses and utilizing my strengths better. Hilda has been truly invested, fair and honest and has provided great insight to me as a business leader and as a leader of people. General Manager SA. International Clothing Label 

Hilda has a great interpersonal approach, she puts people at ease to be open with their reality and has then been able to draw out some great leadership and behavioral observations that I could translate into tangible changes and greater awareness on my part. Supply Chain Director, Global Consumer Goods Business 

Not only has the team grown and performed better – I am a better leader. Thank you. Regional Director Middle East and Africa, Global Telco