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Marlize Schneider

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

Marlize Schneider is the Former Office Manager & Former Executive Assistant to Rev Mpho Tutu van Furth at The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, which was also the office of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In addition to her duties as an executive assistant, Marlize was active in many tasks assisting the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the wonderful and loving Mrs Tutu and their family.

Having held positions with various high-profile individuals, Marlize is able to tailor her skills to meet their needs and criteria. With the ability to exercise sound judgment, use discretion and manage sensitive and confidential information, she maintains a calm and professional demeanour in any situation and is very comfortable with rolling up her sleeves and getting things done. Marlize is at ease dealing with and working for high-profile people.

She has almost 20 years of experience in the administration field, with business management, project management and corporate compliance experience. Marlize has a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments and extensive experience with travelling and management of staff. Currently, she is Executive Assistant to Alistair Maiden, the Founder and CEO of SYKE Legal Engineering.

  • Marlize Schneider Interview with Lucy Brazier OBE

    What was it like to run the office of one of the most famous men in the world?

    In this interview with Lucy Brazier, Marlize Schneider explains how working for the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a huge influence on her life.

    She’ll talk about dealing with office politics in an organization headed by a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the strict timetable that operated in the office and working closely with the wonderful and loving Mrs Tutu and their family.

    And what happens once you leave such a role?  Marlize will talk about how you move on from working with a high-profile person and what she’s doing now.


    This session is available on demand on our Learning Library

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