Melanie Nel 


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Melanie, Group Managing Director, has spent 14 years across the logistics and supply chain value stream as part of the executive team. She holds a MBA dissertation based on organisational transformation into a high performance leadership culture. She has a deep-seated passion for people and their ability to make a difference.

These core aspects drive her and the organisation to positively impact organisational business, strategic and financial results.  

Dr Leon Nel 

NDip Civil Eng; BVSc Pret

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As a veterinary surgeon, Group Director Leon has a thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical value chain. 

Coupled with his civil engineering qualification and work experience, analytical and technical skills and project management abilities, he offers a unique skill-set with the main objective to deliver true client centricity and service excellence.

Emma Coston 

MSc Eng

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Emma, an industrial engineer with direct demand planning and forecasting experience, was not only one of the founders but was also appointed as shareholder and Operations Director of Cornerstone Inventory. Her attention to detail and thoroughness always results in exceeding customer expectations. 


Wilana Henn 

National Research & Information Analyst


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Wilana, previously a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and business owner of CV Design SA, joined the Cornerstone team in 2017 as research and information analyst. Her passion as writer and editor, coupled with her extreme attention to detail, quality and excellence enable Cornerstone to continually deliver high calibre results.




Owen Shaw 

Industry Specialist Durban

FIATA dip; IATA dip 

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Owen comes with more than 45 years of experience in the shipping and Clearing & Forwarding (CNF) industry.  He started his career in logistics in 1974 as a Senior Examiner Officer (customs), whereafter he fulfilled roles such as customs clearance manager, Chemical sector head, regional executive and director. His major strengths lie in his understanding of the industry, client centric approach and unquestionable levels of integrity.

Debbie-lyn Wilson 

Industry Specialist Cape Town


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Debbie-lyn, a qualified facilitator, with a 14 year career in logistics account management, became a Certified International Freight Forwarder in 2015. She demonstrates knowledge with international logistics and methodologies of moving goods into a competitive foreign market. Her commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence has positioned her well within the team.

Eleanor Charlton 

Office Administrator 

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Eleanor joined the team in 2020, with the main objective to manage the office's administration, measure supplier performance against agreed commitments and acts as backbone support for the team.

Eleanor's attention to detail, service excellence and high levels of integrity makes her a true asset in the organisation.