Shireen Johnson


Job Title: People Director

Company: Virgin Active South Africa


Shireen Johnson is the people director at Virgin Active.

She first joined the organisation in 2010 as the national talent acquisition and benefits manager. In 2016, she moved into the national people partner position and in 2019 she was promoted to head of people operations. She moved into her current role as people director in October 2019.

Shireen started her HR career as an HR consultant at Old Mutual Investment Group in 2001, and then went on to join Brandhouse Beverages in 2008.

Shireen holds a B-Tech HR management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


2019 - Present:       People director Virgin Active South Africa & Kauai Foods

2019- 2019:             Head of People Operations, Virgin Active South Africa

2016 - 2019:            National People Partner/ HR Business Partner, Virgin Active South Africa

2010 - 2016:            National Talent Acquisition and Benefits Manager, Virgin Active South Africa

2008 - 2010:           Human Resource Business Partner, Brandhouse Beverages

2001 - 2008:           Recruitment and Training Development Specialist HR Consultant
                                   Capital- Finance Administrator, Old Mutual Investment Group


2015 - 2016:       Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law, UCT- thesis to be completed
2004 - 2007:      B-Tech Human Resource Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

About Virgin Active South Africa: Virgin Active South Africa operates 136 health clubs across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia and is passionate about helping people of all ages to live an active lifestyle. From yoga to boxing to cycling, from grid training to pilates to swimming, we’ve got the best exercise experiences, the greatest instructors and personal trainers leading them and the motivation to encourage club members to try something new.


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