When we started, we had a dream to create the next generation of retail managers, and in turn the next generation of social and economic transformers capable of impacting their communities and the economy as a whole.   We could not embrace this vision without the dedication and commitment of our amazing team of 50 passionate people, who grasp the value and impact that this education has on the lives of the people who attend.

Meet our members


Leigh Blochlinger

Leigh has been a retailer for 38 years and has held various positions across the retail spectrum. Her last position was Deputy Managing Director of an Independent Hardware Group. She has vast experience in the key operational areas:

  • Customer centricity
  • Store management
  • Buying and planning
  • Management leadership.

Leigh develops the aligned learning material and is an accredited training provider, assessor and moderator, authorised to assess the relevant retail NQF Unit Standards. Leigh facilitates the core Leadership topics e.g. Change Management, Decisionmaking, Talent Management, Cultural Diversity and HR Management.

Derick Gideons


A key member of the team, has studied law, has practiced as an Educator, and as an HR PR actioner in a large retail store.

After operating as an intern at the Labour Court and CCMA, Derick ran the HR function at a large Alternative Energy Company.

Derick Is Retail Relate’s Edutainer and has the knack of getting the message through with very amusing yet appropriate analogies!

Keketso Tshehla


Keketso is a key role player in the team, heading up Special Projects and assisting Derick with managing the Academic Portfolio

Vibrant and dynamic presenter, qualified with diploma in retail business management at UJ, experienced in retail management, Keketso is a pocket-rocket energised in training all learners.

Training Facilitators/Subject matter experts – experienced trainers and edutainers.

Refiloe Ntshalintshali – Senior Facilitator


Refiloe is a dedicated organiser for our team. Energetic and adaptable you can depend upon her to handle challenges with calm and poise.

Portia Lodi – Assessor


Shaped by Retail Relate as a learner, Portia understands the challenges faced by young people. She is an outstanding mentor and a reliable support to those fortunate enough to be coached by her in our management and learnership programs.

Tshepo Modise – Senior Facilitator


With Batho Pele (People First) as his creed, Tshepo is dedicated to training delegates to his utmost. Adaptable and attentive to any task given to him so that he can provide the best to both Retail Relate and his delegates. He qualified in Training Management at VUT.


Logistics team

Logistics team– arranges all the coordination and logistics required to support the projects – transport, venues and all other logistical requirements.

Academic team

Academic team – responsible for all the course development and SETA requirements. RelatED also works in association with numerous experts and specialists who assist with projects where components may extend beyond the organisation’s normal scope of work. Our team has access to many subject matter experts and we continuously update learning material to ensure our delegates receive the latest information.

Regional Mentors

Regional Mentors – young people who have been learners themselves and who have the right attitude and experience to help the learners in the field. Many of which come from rural areas themselves.

Basic Skills Division

Basic Skills Division - Fourteen trendy young individuals, mentoring and supporting


Administrators – the support team.