Alice Bhebhe takes on global role at Pearson

Excited about the opportunity, Alice says learning and development have always been her passion.

Alice Bhebhe has been appointed as the director for leadership development at Pearson Global. After four years of heading up HR for Pearson Southern Africa, one of which was spent looking after growth markets, she has now been entrusted with the learning and development of the organisation’s current and future leaders.

In her previous roles as HR executive director, trustee for the Pearson Marang Trust and board member for Pearson SA, Alice says she was fortunate to work with the diverse teams and business leaders to create an empowering culture of diversity and inclusion.

She says the organisation underwent some structural changes last year that provided her with “the opportunity to consider many things including my raison d’etre, my own growth and next role.”

When the opportunity presented itself, she got excited because learning and development have always been her passion. She has always enjoyed being in an HR leadership role and is looking forward to doing the work that she feels connects most with her purpose.

“I have always felt most alive when doing any work that contributes to the growth and development of both the individual and business and this role provides the opportunity to do exactly that,” she says.

Alice’s work within HR has been enhanced by a diverse career that spans teaching, editorial development and sales experience. She has worked with a range of companies, across industries and business units to effect transformation towards more diverse and inclusive cultures and employee composition. Working within several communities of practice has equipped her with the knowledge, understanding and experience of engaging with diverse teams at all levels and across different cultures internationally.

Says Alice: “A core value of my work has been to drive the transformation agenda for equitable organisational practices in corporate and legislative environments.  And now it is time for a paradigm shift – from employee experience to the human experience. I strongly believe people – employees, clients and customers – are at the core of business success. We must build environments where all can flourish. I am passionate about helping businesses understand that enabling individuals to realise their full potential is fundamental to the journey of the organisation’s success.”