Professional Virtual Assistant Solutions


J F Erickson (Director Bell Pepper Management Consulting)

I first became acquainted with Lynn Berowsky when she was a Human Resource Administration Assistant in the Personnel Systems Department of Anglo American Corporation in 1995-1998. During this time, she was, inter alia, responsible for the setting up and administration of the staff appraisal by ranking (SABR) process. SABR was used by Anglo to assess, at high levels of management, the potential of managerial and technical talent for succession planning in the Anglo American and De Beers groups. As a senior training manager for the Diamond Services Division of Anglo American Corporation, I drew on Lynn's services to set up SABR sessions to assess people potential in the Mining, Metallurgical, Engineering, Financial, Information Technology and Human Resources disciplines within the De Beers group organisations in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Lynn was very effective in this role as she was able to operate the technical/computer aspects relating to the SABR system, and to administer and process SABR system outputs. She was very efficient and professional in providing these services not only to De Beers, but to a wide variety of Anglo operating companies.
In 1998, the Personnel Systems, Graduate Recruitment and a wide range of technical support functions were rationalised within Anglo American Corporation as a result of the restructuring of Anglo American and De Beers as separate corporate entities, and the delisting of the latter company from the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. In this process, Lynn was transferred from Anglo to De Beers where she reported to me in the group human resources development function, appointed as PA/Human Resource Officer – Human Resource Development. She assumed responsibility for the coordinative functions relating to assessment of potential, middle and executive leadership development programmes and employment equity. Lynn was an asset to the function as she is efficient and intelligent, and is quickly capable of setting up administrative processes and routines to ensure effective administration and coordination of her areas of responsibility. She forged excellent relationships with key stakeholders and staff within the De Beers operations, and service providers such as business schools, the mining qualifications authority, and government agencies relating to employment equity.

Lynn's intelligence, her positive work ethic, her approach to work and her achievement of performance outputs enabled her to be promoted to a variety of human resources/development roles within the De Beers corporate human resources function.

I would not hesitate in recommending Lynn for any position requiring responsibility, accuracy and follow-up, and where she can interact with people to achieve company objectives.

Bell Pepper Management Consulting
082 903 2646 

Jeff Leaver (Management Consultant at Jeff Leaver Consultancy)

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I worked closely with Lynn over the period mid 2000 to late 2006. During this period Lynn worked both within my direct domain and within other human resources sections which provided services to the area I managed. Lynn never failed to impress on a relationship level, but critically her unwavering focus on acquiring new skills made her a hugely valuable team member. The latter approach has left Lynn with an impressively broad suite of skills.

My last work related interaction with Lynn was when I left my job as Head: Human Resources atDe Beers Consolidated Mines in late 2006.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Lynn for employment and state categorically that I would readily employ Lynn should the appropriate opportunity arise.

Finally, I invite the reader to contact me should further detail be required.


Jeff Leaver

+27 (0) b83 308 2918


More Recommendations

Andy Brough, Director, Andrew Brough Communications
“Lynn is an amazing asset to any organization. She is incredibly efficient and well organized. Lynn has a keen insight into the challenges of managing the multiple interests and needs in a virtual/remote team. Lynn has a solid background in administering HR and organizational development solutions and I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a virtual assistant. Give Professional Virtual Assistant Solutions a try, you will not be disappointed!” November 24, 2010

Tony Trolese, HR, De Beers
Worked directly with Lynn at De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd
“Lynn made a significant contribution in area of Human Resources Development. She always delivered quality work before the deadline and able to keep an open mind, and show excellent flexibility in challenging situations. She is able to build rapport with people at all levels in the organisation and ability to get their buy-in and commitment.” November 30, 2010

Bob Govender, Public and Corporate Affairs Manager, De Beers
Managed Lynn indirectly at De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd
“I have worked with Lynn for three years and know her for ten years. As an administrator she provided support to a number of sections within HR. She has always been professional and has had an amazing impact on the team. Lynn is highly respected by her co-workers for her willingness to help anyone anytime she can. She is very well organized, diligent in her paperwork, easily reachable, and always on time.” November 24, 2010

Tani Amarasinghe Moodley, Group HR Planning Specialist, De Beers Group of Companies
Worked with Lynn at De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd
“Lynn is an energetic and passionate individual. She is a professional with a strong work ethic and a 'never say die' attitude. She gives her all to anything she tackles and I found her to be extremely efficient and able to handle the most pressurised of situations.” November 17, 2010

Zelia Soares, Talent Manager, De Beers
“Lynn is a high energy individual who gets things done efficiently. Her strength is her sound interpersonal skills, where she is able to communicate at all levels of the organisation. Well recommended!” November 15, 2010

Willie Maritz, Organisational Development Manager, De Beers
“Lynn is a dedicated professional with a very sound work ethic. I could always rely on her to get things done.” November 15, 2010

Jeff Leaver, MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, Jeff Leaver Consultancy
managed Lynn indirectly at De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd
“I worked at De Beers with Lynn directly or indirectly for a number of years, spanning the mid 1990's until late 2006.
Lynn was nothing short of outstanding in the tasks she executed and always tackled the menial and the complicated with equal enthusiasm. She was rarely phased by challenges and pressure and would manage these in a logical and sensible manner, never letting emotion get in the way of delivery.
Aside from she technical skills, Lynn's interpersonal skills with junior staff, managers and exrecutives and, with external service providers was of the highest order. I would not hesitate to employ Lynn if the opportunity arose.  Jeff Leaver” November 14, 2010

Melissa Shanjengange, Senior HR Manager, Namdeb
“Lynn is very energetic and passionate about her work. She strives to be a perfectionist and work independently without close supervision. She networks very well and delivers work of high quality and takes initiative.” November 14, 2010