“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”
Warren Buffett

Dot Field is a highly regarded leader with a wealth of experience in leading organisational teams to excel and to exceed their goals. Corporate social investment, brand and reputation management and stakeholder relations with the purpose of creating shared value for all is her speciality. On a personal level, she confidently accepts new challenges, whatever their level of difficulty, and is secure in calling on the assistance of trusted experts to help her achieve her goals.

She is able to weather crises through a calm and dignified approach and am skilled at discerning a broad strategic view of current and future situations. Passionate about making a difference and uplifting and supporting communities, Dot has effected real and positive change for groups and individuals. Creating outcomes that result in the benefit of others by using her privilege and influence strategically has enabled her to create shared value. As Secretary and Board member of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa the advancement of women across all tiers of society is held close to her heart. As a natural networker, circles of influence have been created across business, non-profits and government, founded on a fierce belief in the value of hard work and the dignity that employment creates. Over the past decade, as sole proprietor of Dot Field Consulting she has provided strategic counsel to several leading organisations, helping them to craft their true purpose and to efficiently manage their brands and reputations.

Two of many meaningful highlights of her consulting journey include building the brand of a leading private equity firm and establishing their Foundation by conceptualising, project managing and fund raising for the creation of a registered independent primary school, built from refurbished shipping containers, in an informal settlement outside Pretoria. The school has resulted in changing the face of this community and has positively enriched a severely underprivileged area. She recently served as the interim steer of the Corporate Affairs office for a leading pan-African investment, savings, insurance, and banking group and as caretaker their corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship platforms whilst their recruitment for a permanent Director was underway. As a founding member of the Vodacom Group management team, her journey culminated in her appointment as Chief Communications Officer, where Dot efficiently and meticulously built and protected the brand and reputation of the Vodacom Group utilising a number of strategic tools over a 15 year period. During her tenure, Vodacom’s reputation was ranked highest in the world in the Telecommunications sector and highest overall amongst all South African corporations, as measured by the Reputation Institute. Controlling multi million Rand budgets, liaising closely with local and international shareholders, governments, business partners, sporting bodies, NGOs and media as well as leading large reporting teams of both internal staff and external suppliers, Dot has an intuitive understanding of the sensitivities and requirements of working in highly regulated environments and related compliance imperatives.

Dot is passionate about imparting skills and actively mentors young people from all walks of life. She serves as an independent trustee of the Old Mutual Foundation, is Secretary, Board Member and chair of the Brand and Reputation Committee of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa, is a member of the working committee of the recently launched GBVF Response Fund1 and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors.

She is fluent in English and Afrikaans with a limited understanding of Sepedi, German and Swedish. Dot enjoys walking, reading, baking, sewing and giving of her time to support those less fortunate.