Keith Fairhurst

Keith Fairhurst
Keith Fairhurst

​For more than 25 years Keith has developed and managed large businesses. This experience has been in industries including Banking, Mining, Telco’s and Manufacturing. His style is participative and he has been very successful in developing others to realise their full potential. Keith is a seasoned executive with an outstanding track record in leadership and management.  He has a good understanding of himself and others and has an exceptionally well developed business aptitude. His history reflects his capabilities and his ability to work successfully with senior executives across diverse industries. He is a natural leader who sets high goals balanced by maturity and an understanding of how to motivate people and achieve results through others.

His experience includes having owned his own business and having been a Partner with KPMG for 8 years where he was responsible for a number of business units including IT Consulting, SAP Consulting and Oracle Consulting. During this time he sat on the Management Board and represented the practice at a Middle East and Africa level. He has held other executive positions for national and multinational companies including Microsoft.

Keith currently practices as a Consultant and a Professional Leadership and Executive development coach. He is a Director and founder of Unleash Consulting a high impact advisory and coaching company that specialises in Strategy, Corporate Governance, Performance, Leadership Development and Business Turnarounds and Rescue. Unleash Consulting has been helping people to start businesses, grow businesses, sell businesses and save businesses since 2010. 

In addition to his consulting and advisory work Keith is very active in tertiary education. He is Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association’s Education committee. In this capacity he saw the development and launch of a Post Graduate Certificate in Turnaround management at University of Pretoria (Certified Rescue Analyst-CRA). He is also a MBA research supervisor and examiner at GIBS and coaches extensively on GIBS executive development programmes.

He has more than 1500 hours of mostly individual and some team coaching experience. This has been at CEO, country MD, EXCO, Senior Executive, Partner, middle management, small business, entrepreneurial and MBA student level.

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  • ​PhD - Business Management (University of Pretoria)
  • MSc - Finance (Edinburgh Business School)
  • MBA - Strategy (Edinburgh Business School)
Professional Memberships
  • ​ICF
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)

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