Lydia Cillie-Schmidt

Industrial Psychologist
Pretoria, South Africa

Lydia has been functioning as an independent consultant since July 2008. She has more than 30 years’ experience as an industrial psychologist and leader, working as a permanent employee for major corporate companies in South Africa. She has worked at Vodacom as a leader in Human Resources Development, taking responsibility for the total function and implementation of the company’s Human Capital Development- and Talent development strategy.   Before this she worked at companies like the Department of Post-and Telecommunications, Sasol and the SABC. As an independent consultant she has worked in various public and private sector organisations.

She has expertise is several aspects of the Talent Management process, e.g. Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition (including selection and on-boarding), Succession Management, Leadership/Management Development, Assessment Centres, Performance Management, Training, Mentorship, Career Management and Talent Management Strategy. She has also gained extensive experience in Organisation Design, focusing on organisation diagnostics, business process mapping, role profiling, service delivery models and structural design. She is also the sole partner for Learning Paths International and Appraisal Smart in South Africa.

Lydia is very involved in the capability building of HR professionals and has designed and presented several workshops in this regard.

Lydia has also been writing medico-legal reports to assess the employment prospects and earnings potential of subjects involved in accidents or in divorce cases. To date she has completed more than a hundred reports regarding motor vehicle and other accidents, as well as more than 15 divorce cases.

She is the owner of The Talent Hub and a partner in The Talent Hub International. The Talent Hub’s focus areas include the design and implementation of integrated Talent Management programmes, Organisation design,  the design and implementation of Assessment Centres, psychometric assessments, career development, the design and presentation of training programmes, coaching, mentoring, management of learnerships/internships, performance management, learning path development, succession development, organisation design & development.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (D Litt et Phil) and Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology
  • Certificate in OD ETDP Practices (NQF 5)
  • Registered Industrial Psychologist with the South African Health Professions Council
  • Member of South African Assessment Centre Study Group
  • Registered member of Comensa (Coaching and Mentoring Association of SA)
  • Member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and ATD (Association for Talent Development)
  • Registered Master HR Professional with the South African Board for People Practice (SABPP)
  • Member of SIOPSA (Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA)